Education, Teaching & Language

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

What Is America to Me?

NASHVILLE — In 2015, just as refugees were pouring out of Syria and pictures of terrified children filled every newscast and front page in the world, a small notice appeared in my church bulletin: “Are you looking for a way to help our city’s newest refugees?” It was a call for volunteers to assist …

United States

I've been in education for 20 years, and there's a disturbing trend afoot in kindergartens around the US

Being a kindergartner today is very different from being a kindergartner 20 years ago. In fact it is more like first grade.<p>Researchers have demonstrated that 5-year-olds are spending more time engaged in teacher-led academic learning activities than play-based learning opportunities that facilitate …

Students are Better Off without a Laptop in the Classroom

As recent high school graduates prepare for their migration to college in the fall, one item is sure to top most students’ shopping wish lists: a …

Education

Where did that idea come from?

In his latest blog post, Where do ideas come from?, Harmer defends himself against an accusation of using somebody else’s work as if it were his own, …

Is Estonia the New Finland?

With a focus on equity, the northern European country has quietly joined the ranks of the global education elite.<p>TARTU, Estonia—Most educators and policymakers can rattle off a list of international educational powerhouses: Korea, Singapore, Japan, and Finland.<p>But there’s an overlooked member of …

Education

Why I Resigned From Duke

A professor steps down after a dispute over diversity training.

Education

'Anumeric' people: What happens when a language has no words for numbers?

Numbers do not exist in all cultures. There are numberless hunter-gatherers embedded deep in Amazonia, living along branches of the world’s largest …

Language

Preaching the Value of Social Studies, in a Second Career

The children crowded around, looking intently at the objects sitting on the rug before them: a handful of spice containers from the supermarket and a wooden mortar and pestle.<p>Despite appearances, it was not a cooking class. Rather, the students — fourth graders at Public School 130, the Parkside …

Social Studies

Computing in schools - alarm bells over England's classes

Rory Cellan-Jones Technology correspondent<p><b>Computing education in England's schools is going through a revolution, but there is evidence that too few pupils want to be part of it.</b><p>Figures from the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) show only a modest rise in students taking …

Grill That EdTech Company With Six Questions

Pete Wheelan of EdSurge has published an article called, ‘Grill That Edtech Company With These 6 Questions Before Buying Anything’. He understands …

Seven myths of university teaching

Source: Miles Cole<p>Teaching is creative, intellectually challenging and rewarding, but it is also elusive and complex. This makes it rich territory …

Forgetting Can Make You Smarter

<i>Summary: Researchers say the goal of memory is not to transmit the most accurate information over time, but to optimize intelligent decision making</i> …

Neuroscience

Study analyses toddlers' reading and learning habits through electronic books compared to print books

Pediatricians, educators, and parents have always agreed on at least one thing: reading to your toddler – early on in life and regularly – is vital …

World Refugee Day: How technology is giving hope to millions of African children who have never been to school

Sasha’s story shows just how far some people are prepared to go for an education.<p>Attacker 'wearing suicide vest' shot at Brussels station with …

Why Grades Are Not Paramount to Achievement

The intrinsic love of learning supplants the drive for high marks in the long run.<p>At the beginning of this school year, my colleagues and I decided to avoid giving the sophomores in our English classes any grades for six weeks. Research shows that providing students with a number or letter in …

Education

Why a Country with Some of the World’s Best Schools Is Now Scrapping Grades

Singapore's global rankings in maths and science have made its schools the envy of the developed world, but a new push to drive grassroots innovation …

The Running Conversation in Your Head

What a close study of "inner speech" reveals about why humans talk to themselves<p>Language is the hallmark of humanity—it allows us to form deep relationships and complex societies. But we also use it when we’re all alone; it shapes even our silent relationships with ourselves. In his book, <i>The Voices</i> …

An Artificial Intelligence Developed Its Own Non-Human Language

When Facebook designed chatbots to negotiate with one another, the bots made up their own way of communicating.<p>A buried line in a new Facebook report about chatbots’ conversations with one another offers a remarkable glimpse at the future of language.<p>In the report, researchers at the Facebook …

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Zen and the Act of Teaching

Anne Lamott on the Life-Giving Power of Great Teachers

“All good teachers know that inside a remote or angry person is a soul, way deep down, capable of a full human life.”<p><i>“You try to appeal to the goodness of every human being and you don’t give up. You never give up on anyone,”</i> the great civil rights leader John Lewis insisted. A century earlier, …

What I Know Now But Didn't Then

Ten ways France must fix its 'failing' school system

<i>Author Peter Gumbel wrote this critique of the French schools system in August 2015, but he tells The Local that one year on, the same issues still</i> …

After learning new words, brain sees them as pictures

When we look at a known word, our brain sees it like a picture, not a group of letters needing to be processed. That's the finding from a Georgetown …

Finland's new, weird school 'courses' say a lot about how we teach our kids.

I don't know if you've noticed this, but there is no such job as "math."There are mathematicians, sure, or engineers, but even math-heavy jobs still …

Education

The Student Who Pushed Me to Anger—and Understanding

In the second installment of our audio series, the high-school English teacher Ray Salazar describes his embarrassment after losing his temper in the classroom with Salina Richter.<p><i>This is the second installment in an audio series called What My Students Taught Me, which features teachers reflecting</i> …

Delaying the Grade: How to Get Students to Read Feedback

<b>I have a confession to make: I am terrible at handing back papers.</b> That sounds silly, right? I mean, you literally just hand the paper to the kid …

How working memory affects teaching and what you can do about it

Many psychologists accept variations on a model of the mind that consists of a limited ‘working’ or ‘short-term’ memory and an effectively limitless …

Teaching

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