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10/18/2018

Icelandic, Iceland's official language and the tongue spoken by the Vikings, is facing challenges as the island nation becomes less isolated, writes Ragnar Jonasson, an author from Iceland. In this commentary, Jonasson highlights how tourism is transforming Iceland's economy and ponders what it means if English becomes more commonly used.

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10/18/2018

The testing opt-out movement appears to be picking up steam, with 1 in 5 New York state students opting out of standardized exams over the past four years, according to Oren Pizmony-Levy, assistant professor Columbia University's Teachers College. In this commentary, he suggests that students and families might opt out less if they were included in the decision-making process and if testing policies were more transparent.

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10/18/2018

Students in Washington, D.C., will have the option to earn an associate's degree while in high school when the school district opens the Bard High School Early College next fall. Bard College in New York has already collaborated with districts in New York, Newark, Cleveland, Baltimore and New Orleans to create such schools, and officials say 85% of participating students go on to attend four-year colleges.

10/18/2018

Literacy coaches at nine Mississippi elementary schools helped students improve on state reading tests so much that they are now moving on to other schools with lower levels of achievement. At one school, teacher Kristy Cornelius said the literacy coach gave her some new tools for teaching reading.

10/18/2018

Since switching his class to all project-based learning, high-school math teacher Robert Barnett says his students no longer question why they need to learn math, and they ask smarter questions about what they need to know. In this blog post, Barnett, co-founder of The Modern Classrooms Project, says project-based lessons help students learn skills by using them.

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10/18/2018

Students in one California elementary-school class have gone on 32 virtual field trips this year, visiting landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. The interactive assignments are cross-curricular and include lessons such as calculating the heights of giant sequoia trees and Big Ben.

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10/18/2018

Educators should use technology to engage math students in active learning, asserts elementary instructional coach Gina Picha. In this blog post, she shares several best practices for identifying such technology and suggests tools to help foster deep thinking.

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10/18/2018

Adolescents from low-income families were at a greater risk of developing heart disease and were more likely to be obese or to smoke, compared with those from affluent families, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers evaluated data on 11,557 youths ages 12 to 19 and found that 22% of teens from low-income families and 26% from middle-income families were obese, compared with less than 15% of adolescents from high-income families.

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10/18/2018

There are four key factors that create obstacles to a positive work environment for teachers, according to a report by the nonprofit 100Kin10. They include limited resources for professional development and a belief that student learning and teacher growth cannot be prioritized together.

10/18/2018

Middle-schoolers in Oklahoma and Texas participated in the daylong No Place for Hate Youth Summit sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League to train student leaders and teachers about breaking the cycle of bullying. Students participated in sessions where they learned about bullying behavior and how to intervene.

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