UK schools to use China's maths textbooks | Tips for teaching, assessing global competence | Ideas on effective language instruction
22 March 2017
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Learning and Teaching
UK schools to use China's maths textbooks
UK schools to use China's maths textbooks
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Officials in Britain are hoping to improve students' performance in maths by adopting textbooks used in China. The textbooks will be translated from Chinese to English.
The Guardian (London) (20 Mar.),  The Atlantic online (20 Mar.) 
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Tips for teaching, assessing global competence
Tips for teaching, assessing global competence
The Programme for International Student Assessment is set to include a measure of "global competence," teacher and author Wendi Pillars writes in this blog post. She shares how to turn theory about what constitutes global competence into practise and ideas for assessing the skill.
SmartBrief/Education (15 Mar.) 
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Help your students learn how to learn
When we take evidence from the science of learning, target key strategies that have potential to make impact in our classroom, and gather evidence of our impact we can truly design learning experiences that set our students up for success! Learn more at the How the Learning Brain Works Institute...
Professional Development
Teacher in remote Canadian province wins Global Teacher Prize
Maggie MacDonnell, a middle- and high-school teacher at a remote school in the Canadian Arctic, has received the Global Teacher Prize. MacDonnell, in her six years with the school, has focused on addressing community challenges such as gender issues, suicide and drug and alcohol abuse.
The Christian Science Monitor (20 Mar.) 
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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!
Leadership and Governance
Mexico announces bilingual-education goals
Mexican Education Secretary Aurelio Nuno has announced a proposal to make students globally competitive and has called for schools to provide English-language classes from elementary school to high school. He said the goal is that Mexican students will be speaking English fluently within the next 20 years.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (15 Mar.) 
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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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Internet filters don't help curb negative online experiences for youths
UK researchers found similar reported negative online experiences such as pornography, cyberbullying and other inappropriate material between children whose home computers had internet filtering software and those whose computers didn't have such software. The findings in the Journal of Pediatrics were based on 1,030 interviews involving adolescents ages 12 to 15 and their parents.
Reuters (15 Mar.) 
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Interest Area Spotlight
How early language learning helps students
How early language learning helps students
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Language is important to the growth of young learners, writes Anne Longfield, Children's Commissioner for England. In this blog post, she discusses initiatives that are examples of primary students embracing and benefiting from learning languages at a young age.
The Huffington Post (20 Mar.) 
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Early Childhood Conference: Deepening Connections
St. John's International School, Waterloo, Belgium. 24-25 March 2017: website and full schedule here.
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ECIS/ASL Middle Leader Programme and Certificate
Building and Leading Teams, International School London, Qatar: 7th & 8th April. Register now and more information here.
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