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Research demonstrates how the use of bad language can alter our behaviour | Education

I have a friend who can’t say “fuck”. She never has been able to and shakes her head helplessly when teased and dared to give it a go. She’s not a prude. But she has such a strong reaction to the word that she cannot bring herself to utter it. Using the f-word in the first sentence of this article wasn’t done for gratuitous effect. But how did you react to reading it? Would it have been more agreeable to…

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Duolingo sparks Gaelic boom as young Scots shrug off ‘cringe’ factor | Education

Almost double the number of people in Scotland who already speak Scottish Gaelic have signed up to learn the language on the popular free platform Duolingo in over a month, concluding a proliferation in courses, prizes and performance in Gaelic and Scots during 2019, as younger people in particular shrug off the “cultural cringe” associated with speaking indigenous languages. The Duolingo course, which was launched just before St Andrew’s Day on 30 November and looks likely to be the company’s…

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Why Do Those Who Hate “Boring Phonics” Endorse Boring Comprehension Strategies? – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

Things often come to my attention in education that make no sense. One of these has do to with the current state of the “Reading Wars”, which has changed slightly since the days when it was characterized as a battle between phonics vs. whole language advocates. The phonics people won, but conceded the point that teachers must also model and nurture a love of reading and expose children to real literature. This gave rise to the balanced literacy movement, which,…

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Oromo children’s books keep once-banned Ethiopian language alive | Education

Toltu Tufa grew up in Australia, so she couldn’t understand why her father insisted on teaching her Oromo, a macrolanguage spoken in parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Egypt. But what she went on to discover about the language prompted her to launch the first publishing company to print children’s books entirely in Oromo, which she exports from her home in Footscray, 5km west of Melbourne, to schools and families throughout the world. Tufa’s father is from Ethiopia where Amharic,…

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Lessons from Cognitive Science that I’ve Used to Improve my Teaching – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

I  recently gave a presentation called The Cognitive Science of Creative Subjects at Learning2Asia, a conference which I thought was an incredibly well-run by Nanjing International School. The format of the workshop was really fun: Teachers do mostly hands-on, design-related experiments on themselves to sort of demonstrate how different principles in cognitive science work. I also tried to translate the principles into useful classroom applications, and to tell the story of each of the research studies that the workshop was based…

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What constitutes “Balanced Literacy” depends on who you’re talking to. – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

I recently finished reading Dan Willingham’s book, Raising Kids who Read: What Parents and Teachers can do. Of particular interest to me (Zach) was the chapter in which Willingham described the infamous “Reading Wars”. Having just facilitated design thinking around literacy at my school, during which we started a discourse (Described in this recent post) around what constitutes “Balanced Literacy” – the compromise that was struck between the phonics-heavy and whole-language literacy camps – it’s become clear to me that…

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11 Books to Start a Book Club for Teachers – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

I love professional book clubs. If schools are serious about teacher agency and differentiating professional learning for teachers, administrators should consider teacher book clubs as an option. The following is an updated list of 10 books for professional book clubs that I’ve had the pleasure of either facilitating, attending, or just think could be great if used in a book club. I hope you find them useful in starting up a book club in your school or learning organization! Constructivist Instruction:…

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Teaching our Languages #TeachingOurLanguages (by Graham Noble) – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

Graham Noble is a Grade 4-6 ESL teacher at Delia School of Canada but will be starting an English-Humanities position at Han Academy, Hong Kong, in the fall of 2019. Graham completed an MA in International Education from the University of Bath. He writes about language, literacy, teaching and bilingualism on his blog. You can follow him on Twitter @grahamwnoble. I want to thank Adam for this opportunity to share about a project I started recently where I have invited ELLs…

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