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An eclectic mix of articles and resources related to education, especially English language learning, K-Grade 12.
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Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns

Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
'Teachers work hard, but I now think that conscientious students work harder. '
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Our Language Prejudices Don’t Make No Sense

Our Language Prejudices Don’t Make No Sense | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
Making fun of people for replacing “ask” with “aks,” or for frequently using double negatives just makes you look like the unsophisticated one.
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The Importance of Home Language Series

The Importance of Home Language Series | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
Share these bilingual handouts with staff and families to highlight the benefits of children learning two or more languages.
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Resources for ELLs in Preschool | Colorín Colorado

Resources for ELLs in Preschool | Colorín Colorado | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
This section offers resources focused on the early education of young English language learners (ELLs).
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Quality of Words, Not Quantity, Is Crucial to Language Skills, Study Finds

Quality of Words, Not Quantity, Is Crucial to Language Skills, Study Finds | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
A new study found that the caliber of the words spoken to young children was more valuable than the number of words heard in the development of a child’s language skills.
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Which English You Speak Has Nothing to Do With How Smart You Are

Which English You Speak Has Nothing to Do With How Smart You Are | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
How can linguists and educators work together to help maintain the linguistic voices of the next Zora Neale Hurston or Albert Einstein while at the same time support students on the Common Core, SATs, GREs, and LSATs? In classrooms across the U.S., there are kids who speak a wide variety...
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Does Your Language Affect the Way You Think?

Does Your Language Affect the Way You Think? | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 38: Fisherman's Whorf Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab It's become fashionable in recent years to tout the notion that the language you speak affects the way you think, and even influences how you experience reality itself. It’s an attractive idea, and...
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How Many English Proverbs Do You Know?

How Many English Proverbs Do You Know? | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
A proverb sometimes says it all. Complete each proverb then read the explanation that follows. Have fun!
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New! Stanford MOOC: Constructive Classroom Conversations

New! Stanford MOOC: Constructive Classroom Conversations | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
Stanford's Understanding Language Initiative has recently launched a set of MOOCs (massive open online courses) on student-to-student academic discourse, aimed at helping teachers better understand...
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Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today

Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
A pediatric occupational therapist says schools keep kids in their chairs far too long.
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Which English You Speak Has Nothing to Do With How Smart You Are

Which English You Speak Has Nothing to Do With How Smart You Are | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
How can linguists and educators work together to help maintain the linguistic voices of the next Zora Neale Hurston or Albert Einstein while at the same time support students on the Common Core, SATs, GREs, and LSATs? In classrooms across the U.S., there are kids who speak a wide variety...
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LED Lights Are A 'Transformative Technology' In The Developing World

LED Lights Are A 'Transformative Technology' In The Developing World | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
This year's Nobel Prize in physics went to scientists who invented the blue light-emitting diode. Paired with solar power, the energy-efficient LED is bringing affordable light to places off the grid.
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Students Conduct Their Own Groundbreaking Research About Learning

Students Conduct Their Own Groundbreaking Research About Learning | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
Public Science Project has been successful at enlisting the help of young people and motivating them to engage in highly academic work in large part because they value what those youth bring to the table. This model offers interesting insights for educators struggling to motivate and challenge learners that seem disengaged or disinterested in learning.
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“Can I just take the hijab off?”: Developing safe spaces for Somali children in mainstream classrooms

“Can I just take the hijab off?”: Developing safe spaces for Somali children in mainstream classrooms | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
  “Can I just take the hijab off?”: Developing safe spaces for Somali children in mainstream classrooms Sirad Shirdon In September, my two nieces began school at a local Montessori school, a far cr...
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“Can I just take the hijab off?”: Developing safe spaces for Somali children in mainstream classrooms

“Can I just take the hijab off?”: Developing safe spaces for Somali children in mainstream classrooms | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
  “Can I just take the hijab off?”: Developing safe spaces for Somali children in mainstream classrooms Sirad Shirdon In September, my two nieces began school at a local Montessori school, a far cr...
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All of Larry Ferlazzo's NY Times Posts For English Language Learners - Linked With Descriptions

All of Larry Ferlazzo's NY Times Posts For English Language Learners - Linked With Descriptions | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
I've been writing posts for The New York Times Learning Network for three years on teaching English Language Learners, and that adds-up to a lot of posts! Many include online student interactives a...
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Should You Talk to Your Child in a Different Language?

Should You Talk to Your Child in a Different Language? | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
New parents face a lot of pressures. Until I became a parent myself, I didn’t realize the sea of conflicting advice that besieges parents on everything from feeding strategies to whether you need a baby Jacuzzi. One of the more important decisions is what language bilingual parents will speak to...
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Quiz: What's the Most Unique Relationship Between Language and Culture?

Quiz: What's the Most Unique Relationship Between Language and Culture? | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
The Japanese language has a single word that encompasses both green and blue colors, while the Russian language has separate terms for different shades of blue. So does this mean that people who speak Russian and Japanese perceive these colors differently from English speakers? And even more questionably: are we only able...
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New Minn. school preserving languages

New Minn. school preserving languages | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
ST. PAUL, Minn – A first of its kind child care center will soon open on St. Paul's east side, as two early childhood Montessori schools team up with
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Lexical Distance Among the Languages of Europe

Lexical Distance Among the Languages of Europe | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
  This chart shows the lexical distance — that is, the degree of overall vocabulary divergence — among the major languages of Europe. The size of each circle represents the number of speakers ...
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Photos of Grandmas Around the World, With Their Signature Dishes

Photos of Grandmas Around the World, With Their Signature Dishes | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
A look inside Gabriele Galimberti's 'In Her Kitchen,' portraits of grandmothers from all over the world, who posed with their favorite dishes.
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Your Shot Pictures: Around the World in 15 Plates of Food

Your Shot Pictures: Around the World in 15 Plates of Food | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
Vermicelli threads drape in India, fish fry smoke fills a kitchen in Tanzania, and a small Batman tackles a slice of cake in the United States.
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Massive Study Shows How Languages Change | Inside Science

Massive Study Shows How Languages Change | Inside Science | Learning, Thinking, Becoming | Scoop.it
Why Russian is harder to learn than English.
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