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19 August 2015
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How teachers can engage students in poetry
Students should read and write more poetry, assert Kwame Alexander, a poet and educator, and Chris Colderley, a poet and teacher in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. In this commentary, they suggest teachers demonstrate "strategies for reading and writing poetry" through "think alouds and explicit teaching". Language Magazine (13 Aug.)
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How does grading affect the culture of learning in schools?
Grading is killing learning for today's students, according to Dan Haesler, a consultant and writer in Sydney, Australia. In this opinion piece, he writes that grades tend to enforce a culture of performance and competition, instead of fostering a love of learning. EducationHQ (13 Aug.)
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Professional Development
US school district welcomes language instructors from Spain
Several bilingual Spanish teachers recruited from Spain have started teaching in a Kansas district's dual-language programme. Some will instruct students who are continuing their Spanish-English studies at the middle-school level. The district aims to have an English-language-learner programme in each of its schools. The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kan.) (12 Aug.)
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Leadership and Governance
British schools to be encouraged to convert to academies
British Prime Minister David Cameron would like all schools in the country to be academies. His administration is committed to helping schools convert to academies but will not require them to do so. The Guardian (London) (14 Aug.)
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IT firm in China prepares students for tech field
Huawei Technologies, an IT firm in China, recently hosted 42 students from Britain and Ireland as part of its "Seeds for the Future" programme. The programme focuses on preparing students to work in the technology industry and teaching Mandarin. The Irish Times (Dublin) (11 Aug.)
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Australian conference to focus on male students
Research from the International Boys' Schools Coalition shows that relationships are a key factor in boys' achievement, said Robert Chandler, convenor and director of staff for the National Boys' Education Conference. The conference -- scheduled for October -- will focus, in part, on well-being, character and student-teacher relationships. EducationHQ (17 Aug.)
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