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How Visual Thinking Improves Writing

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Encouraging kids to think in pictures and words can free up their creativity and language skills as they write.

Via Beth Dichter, mayela perez
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Helping children think in both pictures and words can help with language fluency and development of creative skills.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 4, 2013 9:33 PM

What would happen if you encouraged students "to think in pictures" as well as words? This post explores what happened in one classroom where the teacher decided to have students write in Lifebook Journals daily. Learn more about this activity by clicking through to the post.

Mary Lou Buell's curator insight, December 6, 2013 5:30 PM

This makes so much sense to me--we have done a little of this with the cartoon and graph assignments. Thinking I should plan more.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, December 8, 2013 6:09 AM

Most of our students are probably visual learners....... this explains a  lot.

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Bilingualism in Young Children: Separating Fact from Fiction

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Here's an interesting article that reviews some facts and myths about becoming bilingual.

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How Visual Thinking Improves Writing

How Visual Thinking Improves Writing | Open Doors | Scoop.it
Encouraging kids to think in pictures and words can free up their creativity and language skills as they write.

Via Beth Dichter, mayela perez
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Helping children think in both pictures and words can help with language fluency and development of creative skills.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 4, 2013 9:33 PM

What would happen if you encouraged students "to think in pictures" as well as words? This post explores what happened in one classroom where the teacher decided to have students write in Lifebook Journals daily. Learn more about this activity by clicking through to the post.

Mary Lou Buell's curator insight, December 6, 2013 5:30 PM

This makes so much sense to me--we have done a little of this with the cartoon and graph assignments. Thinking I should plan more.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, December 8, 2013 6:09 AM

Most of our students are probably visual learners....... this explains a  lot.

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Does Learning Languages Make Kids Smarter? Bialystok, Petitto and Gazzellone Share Their Thoughts | Multilingual Living

Does Learning Languages Make Kids Smarter? Bialystok, Petitto and Gazzellone Share Their Thoughts | Multilingual Living | Open Doors | Scoop.it
Although we included this video in our May 1st Week in Review post, I wanted to create a separate post for it. Why? Because it is just that good! Watch it below
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"There is a myth... that children learn languages automatically and for free... but..it's all they do for the first five years.  If adults had that opportunity, they would be very successful. The main difference between learning languages as a child and an adult is life."  Other ideas discussed include the importance of systematic, varied exposure over the number of minutes; that basic competence in multiple languages is part of our natural biological abilities; that bilingualism improves reading capabilities; and the differences between multi-lingual and mono-lingual children's vocabulary.  The good news?  The ability to learn vocabulary is a capacity that does not diminish with age!  

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How the internet is changing English

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Unesco estimates that half of the world's 6,000 languages will have disappeared by the end of the century - but new research shows that social media and text messaging in particular are promoting and supporting language diversity.

 

Texting is now conducted by speakers of around 5,000 languages.

"Text messaging is the most linguistically diverse form of written communication that has ever existed," says Munroe.

"It's also become the first form of written communication of many of the world's languages," he says.

 

"Most have only ever been spoken. But the technology and economics of text messages and the proliferation of cells phones means it's the most economic option of communication."

 


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Emily Purser's curator insight, January 6, 2013 12:14 AM

all tools can be used for good or evil - great to see evidence of new technologies helping to maintain and revitalise language diversity around the world

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Early English School - The 21st Century Learning Initiative

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Thesis 25 – Early English School. John Abbott September 26, 2012 ... Children born to Normans in England were sent back to France to be educated, as were the sons of the ambitious English3. French noblemen began worrying about the ...

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Against Redshirting: Why It Pays to Be the Youngest Kid in Class

Against Redshirting: Why It Pays to Be the Youngest Kid in Class | Open Doors | Scoop.it
The popular practice known as redshirting, or waiting to put children in school, doesn’t necessarily given them a head start.
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An interesting article about how being the oldest or youngest in the class can affect a child's learning - and not necessarily in the way you would think.

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Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation

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I was recently in a third grade classroom and was struck by the presence of rules that were posted for how to have a conversation. The poster said, "Each person must contribute to the discussion but
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Having a simple conversation is a learned skill that is becoming harder for our children to learn in today's society with the prevalence of cell phones, computers, and tv.  This article gives good tips on how to encourage children in the art of conversation.

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Fabius Visits a French-English Bilingual School in New York

Fabius Visits a French-English Bilingual School in New York | Open Doors | Scoop.it
On Monday, September 23, Laurent Fabius, French Foreign Affairs Minister, visited PS 58 in Brooklyn, a bilingual French-English program that opened in 2007 and presently welcomes about 350 children...
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"The bilingual and bicultural children of today will be at the vanguard of crisis management in the years to come.”  - An interesting article about 8 French-English bilingual public schools in New York.

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Tomorrow's English

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English changed dramatically over the last thousand years. It's changed over the last twenty years, too. Our language today has ancestors and cousins that are nearly unintelligible to lay English-speakers. It makes sense to imagine that 2200's English or 3000's English will look strange to us as well—if English survives. After all, if there's an apocalypse today, which languages will remain?


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10-15% rise in students going abroad for education - Worldnews.com

10-15% rise in students going abroad for education - Worldnews.com | Open Doors | Scoop.it

This is the VOA Special English Education Report, from voaspecialenglish.com | Each year about two hundred fifty thousand Americans study in other countries. Some study-abroad programs are trying harder to get ...

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