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17 December 2014
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Students in China participate in Hour of Code
Students in China recently learned about computer coding and possible careers during the worldwide Hour of Code event. Organisers of the event in China, including Apple, said that introducing students to computer coding early is an important part of their education. China Daily (Beijing) (12 Dec.)
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Report: Shanghai students spend the most time on homework
Students in Shanghai, China, spend the most hours per week -- about 14 hours -- doing homework when compared with their international peers, according to a recent report. Students in Finland have the least amount of homework, at about 2.8 hours a week. The Atlantic online (13 Dec.)
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Teacher Language That Helps Children Learn
The Power of Our Words has shown thousands of teachers how to use language to build a classroom where students feel safe, respected, appreciated, and excited about learning. New second edition links teacher language to Common Core State Standards and offers more on using language to boost academic engagement and achievement. Learn more and order.
Professional Development
How teachers can balance life at work, home
It can be difficult for teachers to strike the right balance between work and home. This blog post offers a compilation of tips from several educators and experts on how teachers can improve this balance, such as by giving word limits to students, prioritising their own health and avoiding taking work home. The Guardian (London) (10 Dec.)
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Leadership and Governance
Australian state to require reporting beyond My School website
Beginning next year, all schools in New South Wales, Australia, will be required to report to parents how they will improve literacy and maths and support teachers' professional development, among other things. Officials say the reporting will be an additional layer that will accompany existing reports on the My School website. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (12 Dec.)
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Tips to help educators stay focused on student learning
Classroom technology and other learning resources sometimes can overshadow the foundational need for educators to remain student-centered, division principal George Couros writes in this blog post. He shares five questions he says can help educators maintain this focus. Connected Principals blog (14 Dec.)
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Interest Area Spotlight
In England, nonnative English speakers take top test results
Primary schools in England appear to be performing better than ever, according to recent test scores. Results released Thursday show that, for the first time, students whose first language is not English outperformed their peers in central London who are native English speakers. Officials report that recent immigrants, many of whom are from low-income families, are achieving at high levels. The Guardian (London) (11 Dec.)
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