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11/21/2017

A shortage of qualified teachers in Mississippi has prompted the state's board of education to take steps to modify some requirements for classroom teachers. The changes could allow for one-year licenses for educators who have a bachelor's degree in the subject they intend to teach in schools.

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11/21/2017

A clearer picture of the multilingual landscape of Lebanon's capital city, Beirut, has come to life, thanks to the two-year mapping effort by a team of 40 US researchers. According to their findings, Arabic, English and French blend in conversation and throughout the city along with other languages, and signage in various languages is used for different purposes.

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Beirut, Lebanon
11/21/2017

A Greater Toronto Area school board in Canada will decide whether to gradually end French-immersion programs because of a shortage of French-language teachers across Ontario. Some parents oppose the move and say rising demand for French-education options warrant retaining the programs.

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11/21/2017

Students in Singapore top the charts in collaborative problem-solving, according to the results of the Programme for International Student Assessment, which tests students from 52 countries. This was the first time the international assessments tested problem-solving.

11/21/2017

Guided maths is essential to students' success, asserts Deborah Harris, assistant headteacher at Wormley CE Primary School in Hertfordshire. In this commentary, she describes how an additional 20 minutes of maths each day is making the difference for students at her school.

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TES (UK)
11/20/2017

One way to save time and reduce stress is to avoid assigning grades to everything, writes National Board Certified Teacher Rita Platt. In this blog post, Platt shares this and other tips -- including learning to delegate -- to help educators.

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11/20/2017

Some Illinois educators begin teaching students how to weigh information on the internet -- which they call "digital citizenry" -- in the fifth grade. English teacher Steve Rayburn teaches high-school freshmen to craft fake news articles, so they can learn how such stories are designed to deceive readers.

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11/20/2017

An Indiana school's third- and fourth-graders recently learned about the history and culture of the Myaamia tribe from member Dani Tippmann and author Helen Frost, who wrote "Salt," a novel about a friendship between a white boy and a Myaamia boy in the 1800s. The classroom visit was arranged as part of Native American Heritage Month in November.

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11/20/2017

School leaders are working to develop social media policies that balance the positives and negatives of such platforms. Some schools have adopted policies that focus on behavior instead of technology and others have extended protections to cyberbullying.

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11/20/2017

US students may perform better on exams if given financial incentives, a group of behavioral economists say. The economists suggest that such incentives could help students perform better on international exams, such as the Program for International Student Assessment.

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The Hechinger Report