Chinese students learn Latin American languages | N.Z. principal supports in-school yoga programme | Tips to help students find IB courses that fit
05 September 2018
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Chinese students learn Latin American languages
Chinese students learn Latin American languages
About 20,000 undergraduate students in China were studying Spanish in 2016 -- up from 500 in 1999 -- data show. Officials say an increased interest in Latin American languages such as Spanish and Portuguese is linked to enhanced international ties and students' desire to pursue careers as diplomats, lawyers, interpreters and other professions.
The Guardian (London) (02 Sep.) 
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N.Z. principal supports in-school yoga programme
Warren Owen, an elementary-school principal in New Zealand, wants the Ministry of Education to integrate yoga into the school curriculum following a successful introduction at his own school. Owen says the curriculum has helped to promote physical and mental well-being among students.
Stuff (New Zealand) (31 Aug.) 
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Getting to September, Part II: The First Four Weeks
As students and teachers prepare to begin the 2020-2021 school year, questions linger. What will instruction look like this year? Will learning be fully online, in person or a mix of both? Tune in August 18th to hear a panel of educators discuss strategies for navigating the first few weeks successfully. Register Now
Professional Development
Amsterdam faces shortage of teachers
About 60 civil servants and more than a dozen Syrian refugees are being recruited to teach in Amsterdam amid a shortage of classroom teachers. Marjolein Moorman, Amsterdam's councillor for education, says the effort means that every student will have a teacher as the school year gets underway.
The Guardian (London) (31 Aug.) 
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Leadership and Governance
Commercials before China's back-to-school message spark controversy
A mandatory television programme for students in China was preceded by about 15 minutes of advertising, resulting in criticism from some parents. CCTV, which has produced the show annually as children return to school, has apologised for the advertisements.
Reuters (03 Sep.) 
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How schools can get in the game with esports
How schools can get in the game with esports
Esports have spawned a new form of competitor and may be a gateway for skilled participants to enter the technology workforce, write Mike Washburn, a teacher in Toronto, and New Jersey educator Steve Isaacs. In this commentary, the pair share why teachers should play the games, what resources support cross-curriculum instruction and how a gaming culture can foster school spirit and community.
EdSurge (29 Aug.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
Why some teens are logging off social media
Some members of Generation Z said they have abandoned some social media platforms or are considering doing so. Several teenagers interviewed for this article said they stopped using social media because they were tired of presenting a false persona on platforms such as Instagram.
The Guardian (London) (29 Aug.) 
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