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Grading in a perfect world
Language Magazine
Assessment remains one of the most contentious aspects of education policy for a variety of reasons, from the way results are used to evaluate teachers to accusations that bias gives affluent, white children an advantage to the effect of high-stakes testing on the whole teaching process. Despite the polemics, few can argue against the importance of gauging student learning and progress, so what should testing look like?
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Transforming classroom management for ELLs: Strategies for success
By: Erick Herrmann
Classroom management is a phrase and concept all teachers are familiar with and know intimately. There are numerous classroom management strategies that benefit all students but that may be especially beneficial for culturally and linguistically diverse students. This population in particular requires additional considerations as we work to develop a classroom culture of learning and mutual respect. Consider the following concepts and strategies as you reflect on your own classroom management style and classroom culture.
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How learning to talk is in the genes
University of Bristol via Science Daily
Researchers have found evidence that genetic factors may contribute to the development of language during infancy. Scientists discovered a significant link between genetic changes near the ROBO2 gene and the number of words spoken by children in the early stages of language development.
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2015 TESOL convention registration now open
Online registration for the 2015 TESOL Convention & English Language Expo, 25–28 March, in Toronto, Canada is now open. For the best rates, register by 15 January 2015. Special discounts for K-12 Dream Day and the new Adult Ed Day are available through 30 November 2014. Visit the convention website for complete details.

Principles and Practices of Online Teaching Certificate Program
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13 October – 23 November
Develop the skills you need to effectively teach English language courses online or blend online segments with your traditional face-to-face courses. The foundation course (PP100) introduces participants to the major design parameters of online courses. PP100 reflects the communicative nature of the online environment and is based on asynchronous discussion and collaboration. Limited space available and registration closes 8 October.

TESOL virtual seminar: Preparing Your ESL Licensure Program for NCATE/CAEP Review
8 October 2014
US$99 per institution
This interactive webinar presents an overview of the TESOL P–12 Professional Teaching Standards and the national recognition process, and gives you detailed information and tips on preparing a successful program report. Registration closes 3 October.

Online Course: Separating Difference From Disability With Students Learning English as an Additional Language
27 October – 23 November 2014
Explore assessment, intervention and identification techniques for separating difference from disability, and learn what tools and strategies are available and appropriate to use. Registration closes 22 October.

TESOL Virtual Seminar: Translanguaging and TESOL
22 October 2014. Free for TESOL members, US$45 for nonmembers
Learn about the benefits of translanguaging for bilingual students and discuss common TESOL classroom scenarios/vignettes and how to use translanguaging in those scenarios to improve student outcomes.

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The best language for math
The Wall Street Journal
Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish use simpler number words and express math concepts more clearly than English, making it easier for small children to learn counting and arithmetic, research shows.

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Flexibility with English language learners
The Denver Post
The question of how to teach immigrant students has provoked perhaps the most bitter, rancorous debates in American education over the past 40 years.

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Cutting to the Common Core: The key to English standards
Language Magazine
What is the most important standard among California's English language arts and English language development standards?

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Senate education panel clears education research bill
Education Week
The Senate education committee cleared an education research bill with bipartisan support, altering the House-passed version only slightly before readying it for a full Senate vote. The bill is the product of a bipartisan, bicameral deal, said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee — the second of its kind this week. On Monday, the House passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant under suspension of the rules amid much fist bumping from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
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Americans want teachers to take a bar exam
The Atlantic
In a new poll, Americans say they want teacher preparation programs to raise the bar for entrance, provide longer training periods for practice teaching, and require new teachers to pass a rigorous certification exam akin to the ones required of lawyers and doctors. Before we jump into the results, my usual caveat: Polls are a snapshot and not a litmus test. People who take part in polls are often asked to render judgment on complex topics with little or no background information. At the same time, longstanding polls like the Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup, now in its 46th year, can be useful as quick glances at the public perspectives on key issues.
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Utah minority students learning English but not applying it in other subjects
Deseret News
Students learning English as a second language in Utah schools are progressing and maintaining proficiency, but they're having trouble using English in actual subjects. "I am an English learner, so I know the struggles it is to finally become proficient and take it to cognitive academic language abilities," said José Enriquez, Utah Office of Education coordinator of federal Title III funds, which are awarded based on the number of English learners within a particular district and to implement language instruction that is based on scientific research.
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Morocco's minister of higher education: Students must master English to access science universities
Morocco World News
Morocco: According to Radio Deluxe, Lahcen Daoudi said "I just signed a circular and all those who do not master English will no longer have access to scientific, technical and economic universities starting from January 1, 2015." Replying to the statement of the Radio Delux, "Grand Oral" presenter, who regards this circular as "discriminatory," Lahcen Daoudi said "English is the language of science, and we cannot teach science without this language." "We are already too late," the Minister said. "Imagine that in engineering school, we train engineers who do not master English," the minister added.
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The best language for math
The Wall Street Journal
Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish use simpler number words and express math concepts more clearly than English, making it easier for small children to learn counting and arithmetic, research shows. The language gap is drawing growing attention amid a push by psychologists and educators to build numeracy in small children — the mathematical equivalent of literacy. Confusing English word names have been linked in several recent studies to weaker counting and arithmetic skills in children. However, researchers are finding some easy ways for parents to level the playing field through games and early practice.
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Neuroscientists identify key role of language gene
Massachusetts Institute of Technology via Science Daily
Neuroscientists have found that a gene mutation that arose more than half a million years ago may be key to humans' unique ability to produce and understand speech. Researchers from MIT and several European universities have shown that the human version of a gene called Foxp2 makes it easier to transform new experiences into routine procedures.
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When students get creative with tech tools, teachers focus on skills
MindShift
One of the most intimidating aspects of infusing technology into curriculum is that educators often believe that they will have to master and then teach their students to use new technology tools before assigning a project. These concerns are understandable as our time for professional development is finite and school curricula are already packed. However, consider the impact if, rather than focusing on new tools, we explored the skills students need to learn and then incorporated the most effective digital resources to accomplish those objectives.
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Rethinking a fall classic: The parent-teacher conference
NPR
So now that students have settled in to the routine of the school year, yet another fall education ritual looms: the parent-teacher conference. And while there's universal agreement that parent involvement is a good thing, these all-too-short meetings are often frustrating on both sides. Teachers, and parents, often find them too short and too shallow, too likely to focus on problems, with little time to really get beyond test scores and a few bullet points about the curriculum or homework. And, as children get older, fewer parents tend to show up.
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Latest games are finally unlocking the key to making learning more fun
The Hechinger Report
A new generation of educational games is harnessing students' love of video games and turning them into voracious learners — without them even realizing it. That's the promise, anyway. Unlike previous educational games that functioned like glorified worksheets or tech-enhanced tests, the latest game developers say they are closer to figuring out how to unlock kids' passion for gaming. While some programs still use video games as the primary mode of instruction, other developers think kids' passion for gaming is so strong that they will want to build their own games.
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