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...
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What I wish I could tell my boss: 'Students come before meetings'

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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...
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In the age of robots, our schools are teaching children to be redundant | George Monbiot

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‘Nobody here speaks English!’ And it’s all Felicity’s fault

Mike Guest's new blog post.

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'Nobody here speaks English!' And it's all Felicity's fault - Language Teaching Professionals

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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...
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Two-year-olds seem to find helping others as rewarding as helping themselves

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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.

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Study finds naps may help preschoolers learn

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A fun activity to get your learners talking without worrying about making mistakes

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An fun activity to get your learners talking without worrying about making mistakes - Language Teaching Professionals

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First-Born Children have Better Thinking Skills, Study Says

Research by the University of Edinburgh has found that first-born children have superior thinking skills to their younger siblings because they get more mental stimulation from their parents.

While the study found that parents give all their children the same levels of emotional support, the first-born generally received more help...
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First-born children have better thinking skills, study says

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BookmarkAre Learning Styles Real - and Useful?

A summary of the opinions of learning experts.

Click the link for the full version. Here are some extracts

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Harold Pashler, Mark McDaniel, Doug Rohrer, and Robert A. Bjork

We concluded that any credible validation of learning-styles-based instruction requires robust documentation of a very particular type of experimental finding with several...
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Are Learning Styles Real - and Useful?

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A Study Suggests Teachers can Train 8-year-olds’ in Theory of Mind

Theory of Mind is psychologist-speak for our ability to put ourselves in other people’s shoes, to recognise that their thoughts and beliefs can be different from our own. Children begin to develop this ability around age three to four: it starts off fairly basic, in terms of understanding people can hold false beliefs,...
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A promising study suggests teachers can train 8-year-olds’ in Theory of Mind

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7 Signs you are a Creative Person that are Supported by Research

1. You are sarcastic

2. Your mind wanders

3. You talk to people you disagree with

4. You ignore deadlines

5. You are neurotic

6. You let the unconscious do its work

7. You are easily distracted

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7 Weird Signs You Are A Really Creative Person - PsyBlog

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Alternative Reality: The Propensity for Learning Rather Than the Potential for Learning

Student potential assumes there is a limit, cap, or ceiling as to what can be learned. If students are perceived as having a propensity for learning, there is no cap. The apropos cliche becomes the sky is the limit.

'Feuerstein is known for his groundbreaking work in cognitive modifiability; rejecting the...
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Alternative Reality: The Propensity for Learning Rather Than the Potential for Learning

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TEFLOLOGY Podcast

A new blog post by Matthew Turner of the TEFLology Podcast

In this episode, the TEFLologists discuss Wilga M. Rivers’ contribution to the field of English teaching, the amount of male and female dialogue in recent films and textbooks, and the benefits of joining professional teaching organizations.

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Podcast: JALT2016 Forum Discussion

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Research Shows Diverse Classrooms Improve Learning For Everyone

In the US, there’s evidence that socially as well as racially integrated schools benefit all students. When a school reaches a stable level of about 30 percent middle-class students, the lower-income students achieve at higher levels and the privileged students do no worse, says Halley Potter, the author of one of the Century...
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Research Shows Diverse Classrooms Improve Learning For Everyone

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Brain Training Is a Good Idea That Didn’t Work

Working memory capacity affects thinking, but training it doesn't help.

One of the central aspects of many brain training regimes focuses on working memory, which is the amount of information that someone can hold in mind at any given moment. If you are going to make a complex decision or do a difficult calculation, then you need to hold many...
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Brain Training Is a Good Idea That Didn’t Work

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Student Evaluations of Teaching are not only Unreliable, they are Significantly Biased against Female Instructors.

A series of studies across countries and disciplines in higher education confirm that student evaluations of teaching (SET) are significantly correlated with instructor gender, with students regularly rating female instructors lower than male peers.

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Student evaluations of teaching are not only unreliable, they are significantly biased against female instructors.

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Study: More evidence for the negative impact of reward on self-regulated learning

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The undermining effect refers to the detrimental impact rewards can have on intrinsic motivation to engage in a behaviour. The current study tested the hypothesis that participants’ self-regulated learning behaviours are susceptible to the undermining effect. Participants were assigned to learn a set of...
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Evidence for the negative impact of reward on self-regulated learning

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Localingual: Listen to Voices of the World

Click on a country to hear the language(s) spoken there.

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Localingual: Listen to voices of the world

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Happy Valley Words

New Free iPhone/iPad App for children

Happy Valley Words is designed to teach basic English vocabulary words and sounds (phonics) through an engaging game. It uses an SRS (spaced-time repetition software) system that recycles the least known words into the game more frequently, ensuring rapid improvement.

Happy Valley Words is playable in 4 languages: English, Japanese,...
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Why Multilingual People Have Healthier, More Engaged Brains
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Prior to the 1960s, scientists thought children who spoke more than one language had a handicap for learning because they had to spend too much time distinguishing between languages. With more modern brain imaging technology, researchers can now see how multilingualism actually strengthens the brain. People who speak...
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Why Multilingual People Have Healthier, More Engaged Brains

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