Education, Teaching & Language

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

On Homework…And Responsibility

I was called into the Principal’s office in November of my first year of teaching. I honestly didn’t think much of the little note in my mailbox that …

Teaching

Teachers with Northern accents are being told to 'posh up', here's why

The way we talk can reveal a lot about us and our origins – in terms of region, class and ethnicity. The UK has a wide variety of accents but not all …

Posh

Foreign language learning disparity a U.S. ‘emergency’

The inability of too many Americans to learn or speak anything but English constitutes a foreign language “emergency” that could end up harming the …

Language Learning

What My ESL students from “shithole” countries taught me about being a good American

After a year’s worth of the Trump administration, just about nothing the president says surprises me, though most of what he says continues to raise ire. His most recent comments about people coming from “shitholes” like Haiti enraged me not only for its gross insensitivity, but also for its …

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Why teachers in England are suffering from so much stress

Suicide risks for primary and nursery school teachers is higher than in the general population, official figures say<p>In recent years a series of surveys have found the increased workload inside and outside the classroom has led to longer working hours for teachers in England. They have also faced …

As Textbook Companies Try New Options, Many Students Say Price Is Biggest Factor

Postsecondary Learning<p>As Textbook Companies Try New Options, Many Students Say Price Is Biggest Factor<p>By Jeffrey R. Young and Tina Nazerian     Jan …

Education

Best Evidence in Brief Index

A systematic review published by the Campbell Collaboration summarizes the research on the correlation between reading-related preschool predictors, …

Education

Why English will still be important to Europe in a post-Brexit world

In May 2017, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, proclaimed: “Slowly but surely, English is losing importance in Europe.” …

Language

Leverage Point? A Foundation Sees School Libraries As a Key to Boosting Student Achievement

Education

Love Ed Week & The PBS NewsHour. Their Episode On Teachers Pay Teachers – Not So Much

The PBS NewsHour and Ed Week produced a segment tonight on Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT), and I was less than impressed.<p>Listen, I understand that they …

Teaching

Iran Bans English in Primary Schools to Block ‘Cultural Invasion’

DUBAI — Iran has banned the teaching of English in primary schools, a senior education official said, after Islamic leaders warned that early learning of the language opened the way to a Western “cultural invasion.”<p>“Teaching English in government and nongovernment primary schools in the official …

Iran

The things that nobody teaches teachers (my turn)

Inspired by Sandy Millin’s blog post of almost the same name:<p>Technical problems<p><b>The copier in one building requires a login to operate and breaks</b> …

OPINION: Why creating and maintaining accessible digital resources is neither easy nor optional

When a leading research university announces the removal of more than 20,000 course videos and podcasts from the public, in response to a U.S. …

Levels of Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension is a key academic skill. To comprehend a reading text means to understand what the author was trying to communicate and to …

Teaching

Thinking outside the box

I love the smell of books and coffee in the library. I enjoy every single moment spent with my colleagues and students, a lot of interesting …

Richard Feynman

Implicit Learning and Input Enhancement – Long (2017) Part 2

The second of two posts on instructed second language acquisition (ISLA) investigates this new subfield at the intersection of <b>second language</b> …

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Why Do Cartoon Villains Speak in Foreign Accents?

Children’s shows often use non-standard dialects to voice the "bad guys," sending a dangerous message to kids about diversity.<p><i>This is the first installment in an ongoing series examining kids’ worldviews and how they are shaped.</i><p>When the sociolinguist Calvin Gidney saw <i>The Lion King</i> in theaters two …

Language

Guiding Students to Be Independent Learners

It’s estimated that students in the U.S. spend nearly 20,000 hours experiencing classroom education by the age of 18, and that much of what is taught …

Teaching

Technology in Schools: Beneficial or not?

The increasing prevalence of technology no doubts dramatically impacts significant areas of society both positively and negatively. Although technology makes research and accessibility to libraries and school resources, it comes with a price. Simultaneously, technology also brings distractions and …

Education

Readability Is a Myth

There aren't "difficult" books and "easy" ones. There are books that are difficult for some people, and easy for others.<p>What's the most difficult book you've ever read? For me, at least within recent memory, there's no question—the book that was hardest for me to slog through, the book that I would …

Literature

The surprising thing Google learned about its employees — and what it means for today’s students

The conventional wisdom about 21st century skills holds that students need to master the STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math — and learn to code as well because that’s where the jobs are. It turns out that is a gross simplification of what students need to know and be able to …

Education

Dogme Light – A boring library conversation - EFL 2.0 Teacher Talk

<i>Today, I get to have some fun!</i><p><i>Last week, Willy Cardoso wrote a fictional conversation that he might have had with Karenne Sylvester about the use of</i> …

Teaching

Three Myths About “Reading Levels”

AR levels? Lexiles? DRA2? “Leveled” reading programs are everywhere, but they are often misunderstood and misused, based on three very common myths …

Teaching

Stop Taking Grading Home

In January I wrote a blog post titled “New Year’s Resolution: I’m Moving ALL Assessment into the Classroom.” I’m here to update everyone. Since …

Amazing

Against 'Collaboration': Reading and Writing Are Not Social Acts

Commentary<p>Amazing as it seems, eight years ago microwave popcorn didn’t exist. Today it rates half an aisle in my supermarket and the annual per …

Franz Kafka

11 Education Stories We Couldn't Stop Reading in 2017

2017 was, let’s just say, <i>a lot</i>. And we couldn’t stop writing about it. From the selection of Betsy DeVos as education secretary to the Trump …

Education

Why this school is thriving after implementing a 100% blended learning model

Located in downtown Providence, Rhode Island, 225 students along with the faculty and staff of the Village Green Virtual Charter High School (VGV) …

Education

Everything you think you know about disciplining kids is wrong

<b>Leigh Robinson was</b> out for a lunchtime walk one brisk day during the spring of 2013 when a call came from the principal at her school. Will, a …

Parenting

My Most Influential Blogs

I have a blogging conundrum. Like many others, the edu-blogger-twitter-sphere has had a huge impact on my teaching philosophy and practice. In a bid …

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