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04 November 2015
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China seeks to scale back English-language curriculum in schools
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Schools in China may be scaling back their emphasis on teaching English, according to language training company EF Education First. However, while public entities are dialing back their English-language lessons, private English-learning centres have increased in popularity. CNBC (02 Nov.)
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How letting students struggle through maths problems can boost learning
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Allowing students to make mistakes as they work through maths problems can lead them to a deeper understanding of the concepts being taught, not just solving the problem, asserts Manu Kapur, head of the Learning Sciences Lab in Singapore. This article explores the productive failure approach and why Kapur says it is an effective learning method. Quartz (29 Oct.)
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Professional Development
England to launch National Teaching Service
England's education secretary, Nicky Morgan, has announced plans to launch the National Teaching Service. The programme could recruit about 1,500 top teachers to work in struggling schools. This announcement was part of a package of measures to improve schools, which also included changes to the student assessment system. BBC (02 Nov.)
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US first lady addresses investments in girls' education
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Investments in safe transportation, scholarships and facilities can help increase access for the 62 million girls worldwide who are not enrolled in school, US first lady Michelle Obama writes in this commentary. However, she notes, these steps will fall short unless there also is a cultural shift. The Atlantic online (02 Nov.)
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School in Germany uses pumpkins to teach STEM skills
Middle-school students at a US military base in Germany recently participated in a "pumpkin drop" to learn lessons in science, technology, engineering and maths. Students designed structures intended to protect the pumpkins -- and keep them intact -- during a free fall. Stars and Stripes (tiered subscription model) (02 Nov.)
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Programmes seek to boost students' coding skills
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Connecting coding lessons to students' interests can help increase engagement, says Roland Gesthuizen, vice president of Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria. This article explores various programmes in which students are learning how to code. The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (01 Nov.)
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A new Teacher-Leader micro-credential, the ECIS/ASL EduLeader Certificate will be launched at our ECIS November Conference in Barcelona. "Symposium 1 Understanding Power" takes place on 18 and 19 November 2015. Attend one symposium or attend all four (taking place between November 2015 and June 2016) to receive credit. For more information, visit this link EduLeader or register here.
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The ECIS Annual Educators Conference is a fantastic professional development opportunity! Through the theme of this year's conference, Designing on Purpose, we hope to achieve a shift in focus to intention, impact and implementation, so that participants can return to their schools and begin to make a change straight away, as a result of the exchange of ideas at the conference. More information and registration here.
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