Study: IB students in Australia have more confidence, curiosity | UK academies founder offers classroom-management tips | Therapy dogs are used to encourage Hong Kong students to return to school
07 January 2015
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Study: IB students in Australia have more confidence, curiosity
Students in New South Wales, Australia, who are enroled in International Baccalaureate programmes are more inquisitive, have greater intellectual curiosity and have more confidence in reasoning and their own abilities, according to a University of Western Sydney study. Some, however, said a case can be made for choosing the state credential over IB because of its reliability. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (04 Jan.)
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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.
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United Arab Emirates offers intensive PD for teachers
The Abu Dhabi Education Council recently held a first-time event in which teachers could earn up to 20 hours of professional development. "To help expose our students to 21st century learning skills, ongoing professional development is vital, since it helps keep a teacher up to date on new research on Adec's strategy," said Mohamed Al Dhaheri, executive director of Adec's school operations. The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (04 Jan.)
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Leveled readers: an opportunity or a disservice?
Leveled readers help struggling students learn to read, but they also limit their opportunities to acquire grade-level vocabulary, background knowledge and comprehension. Read this case study to see how equitable access to content can immediately impact student success at your school or district.
Leadership and Governance
Liberia to reopen schools as spread of Ebola slows
As the number of new Ebola cases in Liberia slows, government officials have announced plans to reopen schools in February after shuttering them six months ago to prevent the spread of the virus. It is still unclear if all schools in the country would be allowed to open. Reuters (06 Jan.)
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Some in Hong Kong want more focus on Chinese-language education
A group of ethnic minorities in Hong Kong is petitioning for a change in education policy that would place greater emphasis on Chinese-language education. While the government recently released guidelines for teaching Chinese as a second language in primary and secondary schools, critics say that provision does not go far enough. South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) (free registration) (04 Jan.)
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UK academy uses technology to turn around performance
An academy in the UK credits a one-to-one technology programme launched in 2009 with turning around what used to be one of the area's lowest-performing schools. This article explains how the academy has managed to effectively roll out and implement what has evolved into a successful iPad programme, while others have failed. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (03 Jan.)
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British Columbia school uses technology to make lessons visual, interactive
A Vancouver, British Columbia, elementary school has equipped every classroom with an interactive whiteboard, and students regularly use iPads and other technology. Educators say the visual and interactive nature of lessons improves reading and maths achievement. The Vancouver Sun (British Columbia) (05 Jan.)
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