Sun.Jul 07, 2024

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OPINION: Everything I learned about how to teach reading turned out to be wrong

The Hechinger Report

When I first started teaching middle school, I did everything my university prep program told me to do in what’s known as the “workshop model.” I let kids choose their books. I determined their independent reading levels and organized my classroom library according to reading difficulty. I then modeled various reading skills, like noticing the details of the imagery in a text, and asked my students to practice doing likewise during independent reading time.

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'Endemic use' of teachers with other specialisms

Living Geography

There is a real issue with teacher recruitment currently with respect to the numbers of new teachers. This is against a backdrop of an aging workforce with many teachers planning to retire, and issues with retention. An item was added to the TES website a few weeks ago , featuring a letter signed by a group of seven subject associations. Steve Brace signed it on behalf of the Geographical Association.

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Effective Note Taking Strategies: A Smart Literacy Strategy for Secondary Students

Leah Cleary

Teaching students effective note taking strategies is a vital component of building life-long, independent learners. Note taking is a simple and smart literacy strategy for secondary students to use to take ownership of their learning. This week of the 6 Smart Strategies for Student Success PL Series is all about Strategy 2 – Effective Note Taking Strategies.

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Managing flood risk in the Fens

Living Geography

The Fens have a number of boards and committees that are involved in the running of the various drainage schemes. One of them is called the Middle Level Commissioners. They have recently launched a YouTube channel , and it includes a series of videos on their work. Here's their work on Managing Flooding explained in an animation.

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Did Upper Paleolithic Children Craft Clay Figurines?

Anthropology.net

Approximately 30,000 years ago in what is now the Czech Republic, children likely played with clay, creating small ceramic animals and human figures. When interrupted, perhaps called for a meal, these young artists left their creations scattered around. Some of these figurines were later fired in hearths, while others succumbed to the elements, providing archaeologists with a fascinating glimpse into prehistoric play.

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Vox on Beryl

Living Geography

“The Atlantic Ocean has been gathering the raw materials for a raucous hurricane season for months and is now assembling them into major storms. Beryl is the Atlantic’s first big project for 2024.” An excellent piece in Vox from Umair Irfan.

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Community resilience

O-Level Geography

How does the introduction of the MyResponder app help to build up community resilience? What are the successes and limitations? M ore than 170,000 people are registered on the myResponder app. Since the launch of the app in 2015, at least 76 people who had a cardiac arrest have been saved by such responders. Aside from alerting community responders to incidents via the myResponder mobile application, users may also access information on the nearest automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and se

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New tourist attractions in Singapore

O-Level Geography

Where are the new attractions developed in Singapore? How do the new attractions help to attract tourists? Why is there a need for more attractions for tourists?

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Small Steps, Big Shifts: How Consistency and Continuity Unlock Lasting Change

A Principal's Reflections

We all have that nagging voice, whispering about what we "should" be doing. Maybe it's a call to eat healthier, exercise more, or finally tackle that neglected hobby. But how often does that voice translate into sustained action? The truth is that achieving lasting change is rarely about grand gestures or dramatic overhauls. It's about the power of consistency and continuity – small, steady shifts that build momentum and pave the way for a transformed you.