Education, Teaching & Language

By David Deubelbeiss | A reader featuring all the latest news, research & resources for teachers.

Trump’s Speeches Are Helping People Learn English. Really

We’ve got something bigly to tell you. It’s a ‘uge thing. The best thing. The most important thing you’ll hear all year. Here it is: Trump’s …

Language

Learn a New Lingo While Doing Something Else

Baffling grammar, strange vowels, quirky idioms and so many new words—all of this makes learning a new language hard work. Luckily, researchers have …

Language

The Sooner You Expose A Baby To A Second Language, The Smarter They’ll Be

A new study shows that babies raised in bilingual environments develop core cognitive skills like decision-making and problem-solving -- before they …

5 Biggest Barriers to Education Technology

It’s hard to imagine going hours without using any sort of common technology in the course of our daily lives, but that’s exactly what happens in …

Education Technology

How Arts Education Teaches Kids to Learn From Failure

Schools are beginning to recognize that arts education is not merely a nice addition to the learning experience, but rather an important vehicle for …

Education

‘This really isn’t kindergarten anymore’

Last year I published a post titled “A very scary headline about kindergartners” about how youngsters in Oregon performed on readiness tests — and how upset adults were with the results. Since then, I’ve published a number of other posts (see list below) showing just how kindergarten has changed in …

Parenting

Share your Song Lyric Sheets

What Motivates A Student’s Interest in Reading and Writing

Educator Larry Ferlazzo details how to make reading and writing relevant to students lives in order to motivate them.<br>[[ This is a content summary …

Pedagogy

LXD isn't just UX with an L thrown in!

<i>For this guest post, we welcome Zahra Davidson to give us her thoughts on Learner Experience Design.</i><p>LXD is a (relatively) new abbreviation for …

UX Design

Quality Content

From Print to Digital:Guide to Quality Instructional Materials<p>There’s a growing body of research finding that instructional materials can have as …

What If We Taught Argument in Every Class?

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Critical Thinking

This Teacher Created a March Madness Book Bracket and We Love It

Looking for a fun way to create excitement around reading this month? Sixth grade teacher Katie Mitchell recently created a March Madness book …

What Kids Should Know by the Time They're Done With School

Education experts weigh in on the content areas children should have mastery over by the time they graduate.<p><i>This is the second installment in our series about school in a perfect world. Read the first entry on calendars.</i><p>We asked prominent voices in education—from policy makers and teachers to …

Education

The Separate, Unequal Education of Students With Special Needs

Georgia’s system to teach children with disabilities falls vastly short of its promise.<p>ATLANTA—Brent Agnew remembers feeling a sense of relief when he left the meeting called to discuss his 6-year-old son Caleb’s anxiety attacks.<p>As he and his wife, Jennifer, walked into the parking lot outside the …

Education

Here's How Schools Can Support Students' Mental Health

About one in five children in the United States shows signs of a mental health disorder — anything from ADHD to eating disorders to suicide.<p>And yet, as we've been reporting this month, many schools aren't prepared to work with these students. Often, there's been too little training in recognizing …

Education

Teacher from Canadian Inuit school wins $1m global prize

Education correspondent<p><b>A teacher from the Canadian Arctic has been named as the winner of the annual Global Teacher Prize.</b><p>Maggie MacDonnell, who teaches at a remote village school, spoke at the award ceremony about the problem of youth suicides in the Inuit community.<p>The winner was announced by a …

Education

The Financials of Five Years of Teaching English Abroad

<i>by Maureen St George</i><p>For just over five years, I taught English as a Foreign Language in four countries. I spent the vast majority of it flat broke, …

Money

'Outrageous': expert slams White House for denying school meals' link to learning

Author of groundbreaking study of school meals’ impact on class achievement said proposed cuts to programs reflects ‘lack of knowledge or … dishonesty’<p>The author of a groundbreaking 1988 study demonstrating the link between school meal programs and classroom achievement has denounced as …

Education

Don’t Believe the Hype About Grit, Pleads the Scientist Behind the Concept

Recently, Angela Duckworth — the scientist behind the buzzy term <i>grit</i> — was planning her tour to promote her new book, <i>Grit: The Power of Passion and</i> …

Success

How Artificial Intelligence enhances education

In the past years, a collection of hardware, software and online service have managed to bring changes and reforms to classrooms and teaching methods. But the true disruption of education is yet to arrive.<p>Artificial Intelligence has proven its role as a game changing factor in an increasing number …

Machine Learning

End Your Fixation on Tech Tools

One of the most exciting trends in education today is the <b>integration of technology to enhance instruction</b> and learning. Schools have only scratched …

Sugata Mitra: The Ignorant School Teacher?

Are We Innovating, or Just Digitizing Traditional Teaching?

A few months ago, I noticed an increased amount of discussion around the notion of blended learning. Many of these conversations started on a similar …

Learning

Texas School Triples Recess Time, Solves Attention Deficit Disorder

Public education is more stressful than ever for our children, as standardized testing requirements increase and programs like art, music and …

Education

The pre-service TEFL certificate: 12 things I learned

With industry veterans like Geoff Jordan, Hugh Dellar and others out there swinging their hammers at CELTA, I thought I’d take the opportunity to …

Southern Italy

Standardized Testing: The Monster that Ate American Education

<b>Diane Ravitch</b>: The rise of the testing movement can be traced through the twentieth century. But what we’re living now with is not just the rise of …

Education

Mr. Nick Baker Teaches Today—Listen

Substitute: Going to School with a Thousand Kids<p>by Nicholson Baker<p>Blue Rider, 719 pp., $30.00<p>A seventh-grader I know slipped a copy of <i>Substitute</i> from …

Education

25 Must-See Movies Featuring Linguists, Linguistics and Languages

1. Iceman (1984)<p>A team of Arctic researchers find a 40,000 year-old man frozen in ice and bring him back to life (no, this isn't the comedy Encino …

Linguistics

Without libraries we are less human and more profoundly alone

Councils threaten libraries with closure and then rely on volunteers to keep them open. But professional librarians are the key to a healthy library<p>When I was little I loved everything about public libraries. The echoey floor, the ever so faintly dusty air, the ritual and rhythm of book stamping.<p>We …

Libraries