World University Rankings 2017

The first time a British University is top.

1. University of Oxford

2. California Institute of Technology

3. Stanford University

4. University of Cambridge

5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

6. Harvard University

7. Princeton University

8. Imperial College, London

9. ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

10= University of California,...
View details ⇨

World University Rankings
Teachers must Ditch 'Neuromyth' of Learning Styles, say Scientists, Including Steven Pinker

Eminent academics from worlds of neuroscience, education and psychology voice concerns over popularity of method

Teaching children according to their individual “learning style” does not achieve better results and should be ditched by schools in favour of evidence-based practice, according to leading...
View details ⇨

Teachers must ditch 'neuromyth' of learning styles, say scientists
Brain Fitness - Learn a New Language

Speaking and learning a foreign language gives your brain a good workout, keeps your mind sharp, and defends your brain against aging.

Surprisingly, being bilingual wasn’t always seen as a good thing. Some educators and scientists thought that learning a foreign language, especially from a young age, had a negative effect on brain development and caused...
View details ⇨

Brain Fitness - Learn a New Language
Identifying a False Growth Mindset

By Carol Dweck

A false growth mindset is when educators think and do all sorts of things that they simply call growth mindset.

Praising Effort Alone
In many quarters, growth mindset was boiled down to praising effort. Yes, our work had shown that praising students' process (their hard work, strategies, focus, and persistence) and tying it to their...
View details ⇨

Recognizing and Overcoming False Growth Mindset
Study Reveals the English Language Organized Itself

A paper published in the journal Language uses an examination of English spelling to show that even without regulation the language evolved to be orderly.

Unlike France and Italy, and other countries where national academies oversee the written language, no English-speaking country has a language academy to organize and regulate the...
View details ⇨

Study Reveals the English Language Organized Itself
Kids’ Poor Sleep Tied to Later Cognitive, Behavioral Issues

A new study find that children between the ages of three and seven who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have problems with attention, emotional control, and peer relationships in mid-childhood.

Published in the journal Academic Pediatrics, the study found significant differences in the responses of parents and teachers to...
View details ⇨

Kids’ Poor Sleep Tied to Later Cognitive, Behavioral Issues | Psych Central News
Bilingual Brains Have Better Attention and Focus, Study Finds

Researchers in the UK found that bilinguals are better able to zero in on the task at hand than those who only know one language, and it sheds light on a long-standing debate over how language learning affects the brain.

While the link between bilingualism and attention has been demonstrated before, it's been unclear if learning...
View details ⇨

Bilingual Brains Have Better Attention and Focus, Study Finds
25 Maps that Explain the English Language

English is the language of Shakespeare and the language of Chaucer. It's spoken in dozens of countries around the world, from the United States to a tiny island named Tristan da Cunha. It reflects the influences of centuries of international exchange, including conquest and colonization, from the Vikings through the 21st century. Here are 25 maps and...
View details ⇨

25 maps that explain the English language
Sometimes Misbehavior Is Not What It Seems

1. Sometimes students misbehave because they like you too much.
Some students have experienced so much pain that they build a wall between themselves and everyone else. The closer to you get to children like this, the greater their fear of getting hurt. As this fear intensifies, the more they try to push you away.

2. Sometimes students want you to...
View details ⇨

Sometimes Misbehavior Is Not What It Seems
The First Step In Teaching Students To Think For Themselves

Thinking has nothing to do with content. Thinking is a strategy to learn content, but they are otherwise distinct. This process, then, is about thought and learning rather than content and mastery.

There are two theories that underpin this concept of students being able to create and navigate their own learning pathways:

1. Wisdom...
View details ⇨

The First Step In Teaching Students To Think For Themselves
Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing

“The assessment itself is completely artificial. It’s not ranking teachers in accordance with their ability to help develop children who will reach their potential, explore their creative interests. Those things you’re not testing.. it’s a rank that’s mostly meaningless. And the very ranking itself is harmful. It’s turning us into...
View details ⇨

Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing
Are We Innovating, or Just Digitizing Traditional Teaching?

By Beth Holland

A few months ago, I noticed an increased amount of discussion around the notion of blended learning. Many of these conversations started on a similar note: “We’re blended—all of our teachers use Google Classroom” (or Edmodo, Schoology, Canvas, Moodle, etc.). However, in probing further, I often discovered that these...
View details ⇨

Are We Innovating, or Just Digitizing Traditional Teaching?
Key Concepts in ELT

Free pdf downloads of articles arranged by concept

For example:

Learner training
Learner strategies
Project work
Universal grammar

And many more

Click the link for the downloads
[ Link ]

Key Concepts | ELT Journal | Oxford Academic
Study: Creative people have better-connected brains

Seemingly countless self-help books and seminars tell you to tap into the right side of your brain to stimulate creativity. But forget the "right-brain" myth -- a new study suggests it's how well the two brain hemispheres communicate that sets highly creative people apart.

Highly creative people have significantly more white matter...
View details ⇨

Creative people have better-connected brains
What I wish I could tell my boss: 'Students come before meetings'

You don’t appreciate what I do. Last week when I walked into your office for a meeting five minutes late, you said coldly: “You haven’t been on time to a meeting with me yet”.

I understand that punctuality is important. But I also understand that sometimes the welfare of our students is more important. Before our meeting I had...
View details ⇨

What I wish I could tell my boss: 'Students come before meetings'
In an Age of Robots, Schools are Teaching our Children to be Redundant

In the future, if you want a job, you must be as unlike a machine as possible: creative, critical and socially skilled. So why are children being taught to behave like machines?

Children learn best when teaching aligns with their natural exuberance, energy and curiosity. So why are they dragooned into rows and made to sit...
View details ⇨

In the age of robots, our schools are teaching children to be redundant | George Monbiot
‘Nobody here speaks English!’ And it’s all Felicity’s fault

Mike Guest's new blog post.

[ Link ]

'Nobody here speaks English!' And it's all Felicity's fault - Language Teaching Professionals
Study; Two-year-olds seem to find helping others as rewarding as helping themselves

If you’re in need of some renewed faith in human nature, the research literature on altruism by toddlers is a great place to look. Charming studies have shown that little children will readily go out of their way to help you, such as picking up things you’ve dropped, or passing you stuff you can’t reach. They...
View details ⇨

Two-year-olds seem to find helping others as rewarding as helping themselves
Study finds Naps may Help Preschoolers Learn Languages

Research has shown that naps play an important role in sustaining new learning in infants. A new study from the University of Arizona suggests naptime could have a similar effect on language learning in preschool-age children.

Click the link for more.

[ Link ]

Study finds naps may help preschoolers learn