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14 June 2017
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Singapore maths pilot programme underway
Singapore maths pilot programme underway
The National Institute of Education is studying Singapore-style maths education to determine how the approach can best be adopted by schools abroad. The study includes a pilot programme in the states of Victoria and South Australia in Australia.
The Straits Times (Singapore) (free content) (13 Jun.) 
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Do children learn better in the afternoon?
Do children learn better in the afternoon?
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Students ages 9 to 11 report feeling more alert and have faster reaction times in the afternoon, according to a recent study of thousands of UK students. The students maintained a sleep diary and participated in testing to measure tiredness and other factors as part of the study.
The Guardian (London) (12 Jun.) 
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Harvard’s Project Zero Online Courses
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Professional Development
How to use tech to develop a growth mindset
Technology can help to promote growth mindset among students, writes Gene Tognetti of Agile Educational Technology Consulting. In this blog post, he offers several tech tools for educators to consider.
SmartBrief/Education (13 Jun.) 
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Leadership and Governance
Survey: Language skills lacking among students in Japan
Foreign students in Japan increasingly are not proficient in Japanese, according to a recent survey by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Yasuhiro Obata, head of the International Education Division of the ministry, said officials have worked to bridge the gap through additional teacher training.
The Japan Times (13 Jun.) 
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Taking a Multisensory Approach to K-5 Reading
Elementary school is a crucial time of growth in the educational journey of children, and strong literacy skills are a key facet of that journey. Using a multisensory approach to K-5 reading can lay a foundation for reading proficiency that lasts a lifetime. Learn how!
Will Facebook enter the online education market?
Facebook is working to offer training for developers through its new Developer Circles initiative. Now, some Facebook users are questioning whether the platform could have applications for online education.
Inside Higher Ed (12 Jun.) 
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Creating Proficient Readers with Multisensory Literacy
Multisensory approaches to literacy have gained popularity in recent years as educators explore new ways to keep their students engaged. When combined with systematic and explicit instruction, multisensory literacy begins to move learners towards being proficient readers.
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Interest Area Spotlight
3 schools share approach to language lessons
In this article, three principals in New Zealand share their school's unique approaches to teaching the te reo Maori language. At one school, every class is taught in te reo Maori.
Wanganui Chronicle (New Zealand) (12 Jun.) 
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