Educator highlights importance of language learning | Teach rebellion to promote independent thinking, UK educator says | Students are learning English at Indian schools based in Japan
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26 November 2014
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Learning and Teaching
Educator highlights importance of language learning
Students who learn a second language open a door to new experiences and a more authentic understanding of others, language educator Frances Suc-Diamond writes in this commentary. She highlights the benefits of learning a foreign language. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (20 Nov.)
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Teach rebellion to promote independent thinking, UK educator says
Teaching students about rebellion and how to break the rules is a key part of teaching independent thinking, asserts Nigel Lashbrook, headmaster of Oakham School, a co-educational boarding school in the UK. While schools routinely teach about historic examples of rebellion, they are not going far enough in teaching students how they can produce change, Lashbrook said. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (24 Nov.)
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Professional Development
Teacher: Take time to recharge with "self-nourishing" acts
Teachers should take time for some "self-nourishing" acts that can help them focus and recharge, Emma Waters, a primary-school teacher in Australia, writes in this commentary. She shares a few of her go-to activities to help nurture her physical, spiritual and emotional well-being. EducationHQ (24 Nov.)
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Leadership and Governance
Diverse team of researchers to study Western Asian languages
A team of anthropologists, computer scientists, linguists, philosophers, psychologists, roboticists and speech therapists will work on a project at the Australian National University dedicated to the languages of the Western Asian pacific region. The project is being funded over the next seven years by multiple groups, including partners in the US, UK, New Zealand, China and Singapore. The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (24 Nov.)
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Some schools in Spain ban smartphones
A region in Spain has established a law banning students from bringing their smartphones and similar devices into classrooms following concerns of interruptions, cheating and cyberbullying. Teachers, however, can request a special exception if they would like to use such devices in lessons. The Guardian (London) (24 Nov.)
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Interest Area Spotlight
Finland to phase out handwriting instruction
Finland has announced plans to phase out handwriting lessons by 2016 and instead teach typing skills. The shift is part of a broader movement away from longhand communications and toward digital communications. Helsingin Sanomat (Helsinki) (20 Nov.), (24 Nov.)
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ECIS November Conference
We have just concluded another successful Annual November Conference in Nice. A big thank you to all the people who participated and shared their wealth of experience and knowledge; we hope everyone left Nice feeling inspired with ideas to share with their schools. We look forward to welcoming you to next November's conference in Barcelona!
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Turn the Page challenge
Donate the most mother tongue books and win the challenge! ECIS partners with Who I Am to challenge schools and institutions to help Turn the Page on children's illiteracy by donating mother tongue books for children who do not have access to literature in their first language. All books go to build the first children's mother tongue library in a city center for impoverished children with 100 titles in 28 languages. Find the video online at Turn the Page.
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