Some teacher-training college graduates will be recruited by Microsoft Ireland to design digital content for students. Working in collaboration with the National Centre for Technology in Education, the graduates will design tools to improve teaching and learning.
As Christmas nears, retailers in Australia say the lead-up to the holiday has not met expectations. The Australian Retailers Association said the country's retailers had expected sales to reach $38.7 billion this Christmas, but now doubt that will happen. "It will be a solid but not spectacular Christmas with a slight amount of growth on last year," said Margy Osmond, CEO of the Australian National Retailers Association.
More than 200 teachers in Maryland's Anne Arundel County have earned National Board Certification, and officials there said certification has improved teaching. One teacher said, "As teachers, especially with experience, we tend to do things that we think are the right thing for children, but we can't always explain why. This process forced me to be able to break down what I do and why I do it. When you break something down and see it for the smaller parts, you're more able to make the best decisions about what's best for each child."
South Korea officials plan to evaluate all primary- and secondary-school teachers beginning in March as part of a larger rollout of education reforms. The evaluations are intended to help identify teachers who need additional training and spotlight those who should be rewarded.
A Massachusetts English teacher says lessons on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" come alive for students through an annual Victorian Morning event that includes role-playing in costume. "I'm a big proponent of teaching literature in context with the time period it is set in," said teacher Peggy Taylor. "This gives the opportunity to immerse [students] in the time period."