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Key considerations for mainstream teachers of newcomer ELLs
By: Holly Hansen-Thomas
Content-area specialist teachers new to ELLs might experience something of a shock the first time a student who speaks not a word of English is placed in the class. Mainstream teachers should seek out high-quality professional development opportunities that focus on sheltering and differentiating instruction, understanding sociocultural and linguistic concepts, and learning the theoretical foundations of second language acquisition. They should also understand that the following notions must be at the forefront of planning and teaching newcomers.
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Changing lives by promoting literacy
Times Union
Sylvia Jimison is a purveyor of literacy. A stand-up comedian by night, Jimison's other passion is helping immigrants and refugees learn English and assimilate into everyday American life. She does this as executive director of Literacy New York Greater Capital Region, a nonprofit covering more than 3,500 square miles across Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties, making it the largest literacy agency in the state.
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GOP wave to sap Obama's clout on education
Education Week
After midterm elections that vastly favored Republicans at virtually every level, President Barack Obama has far fewer allies in Congress and in states to champion his federal policy push on such priorities as teacher evaluation and common academic standards at a crucial stage in their implementation. At the state level, for example, the GOP tidal wave means there will be more opponents of the Common Core State Standards in legislatures, and among state chiefs and governors, potentially threatening an initiative the Obama administration has backed with both money and regulatory incentives.
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Advocacy groups promote changes to Florida's laws on English language learners
Tampa Bay Times
Hoping to strike while interest remains high, groups advocating on behalf of Florida's English language learners have begun circulating proposed changes to state law governing these children's education. The organizations have begun working with South Florida lawmakers, whose constituencies include large numbers of non-English speakers, to promote rules they say would more fairly account for the students' academic performance — particularly as it relates to school accountability standards.
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Pharmacists will have to be competent in speaking English to practice in the UK
The Pharmaceutical Journal
United Kingdom: All pharmacists, even U.K. nationals, will in the future have to be competent in speaking English if they want to practice in the U.K., according to proposals from the Department of Health now out for consultation. The plan is being put forward as part of the government’s pledge, made two years ago, to prevent foreign healthcare professionals from working in the National Health Service unless they have passed robust language and competence tests.
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Links between grammar, rhythm explored by researchers
Vanderbilt University Medical Center via Science Daily
A child's ability to distinguish musical rhythm is related to his or her capacity for understanding grammar, according to a recent study. The study is the first of its kind to show an association between musical rhythm and grammar.
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Just 4 minutes of fun exercise improves learning and behavior in the classroom
Medical News Today
Four minutes of physical activity can improve behavior in the classroom for primary school students, according to new research by Brendon Gurd. A brief, high-intensity interval exercise, or a "FUNterval," for Grade 2 and Grade 4 students reduced off-task behaviors like fidgeting or inattentiveness in the classroom. "While 20 minutes of daily physical activity is required in Ontario primary schools, there is a need for innovative and accessible ways for teachers to meet this requirement," says Dr. Gurd, lead researcher and professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies.
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Teachers concerned about Common Core's computer testing
After overseeing the introduction of the Common Core curriculum standards in their schools for at least a year, most states must now start assessing student learning in English and math with new standardized online tests. Yet the majority of U.S. public school teachers whom Gallup surveyed believe their own students are not well prepared for these computer-based assessments, given their typing and computer skills.
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Features of classroom design to maximize student achievement
SAGE Publication via Science Daily
With so much attention to curriculum and teaching skills to improve student achievement, it may come as a surprise that something as simple as how a classroom looks could actually make a difference in how students learn. A new analysis finds that the design and aesthetics of school buildings and classrooms have surprising power to impact student learning and success.
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