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Everything you know about curriculum may be wrong. Really.

Everything you know about curriculum may be wrong. Really. | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it

Grant Wiggins asks us to question what we know about curriculum in this piece...what would happen if we made a significan shift in how we look at curriculum?

"What if the earth moves and the sun is at rest? What if gravity is just a special case of space-time? Following both counter-intuitive premises revolutionized science and ushered in the modern world. Could a similar counter-intuitive thought experiment advance education from where I believe we are currently stuck? I believe so."


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International ELT Event Calendar: Webinars, Workshops, Conferences....

International ELT Event Calendar: Webinars, Workshops, Conferences.... | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it

A calendar that contributes to a collaborative community between connected teachers. LOTS of stuff here....


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30 Awesome British Slang Terms You Should Start Using Immediately

30 Awesome British Slang Terms You Should Start Using Immediately | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
If you've ever fancied incorporating some British slang terms into your vernacular, check out our list of some of the best slang to use...
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Anyone who is good at German learns English better

Anyone who is good at German learns English better | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Your literacy skills in your first language heavily influence the learning of a foreign language. Thus, anyone who reads and writes German well is likely to transfer this advantage to English – regardless of the age of onset of foreign language learning. Foreign language lessons at an early age, however, pay off less than was previously assumed. In fact, they can even have a negative impact on the first language in the short run, as a linguist reveals in her long-term study involving 200 Zurich
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Using the webcam to develop pronunciation

Using the webcam to develop pronunciation | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Here are some tips and techniques to help teachers use the webcam to teach English pronunciation.
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How to Teach a Humanities Class Outside Your Area of Expertise | Big Think

How to Teach a Humanities Class Outside Your Area of Expertise | Big Think | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Adjust professors are always being asked to teach classes on subjects they're not experts in. If you're one of them, consider a peer-driven learning model that allows you to learn alongside your students.
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Oops! Researchers find neural signature for mistake correction

Oops! Researchers find neural signature for mistake correction | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Researchers have captured an elusive brain signal underlying memory transfer and, in doing so, pinpointed the first neural circuit for "oops" -- the precise moment when one becomes consciously aware of a self-made mistake and takes corrective action. The findings verified a 20-year-old hypothesis on how brain areas communicate. 
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School environment affects teacher expectations of their students

School environment affects teacher expectations of their students | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
The school environment in which teachers work is related to their expectations of students, according to a new study. "It is known that low teacher expectations are negatively associated with student achievement and school effectiveness. While we know that expectations are primarily determined by the specific characteristics of teachers, we have shown that the school environment also plays a determining role," says the lead author of the study.
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Teacher expectations related to the school community and culture

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Glickman, Gordon, and Ross-Gordon (2010) also validate that point in the book SuperVision and Instructional Leadership.

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I chose this article because it relates to my job as a teacher consultant  and my influence on school environments.

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Features of classroom design to maximize student achievement

Features of classroom design to maximize student achievement | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
With so much attention to curriculum and teaching skills to improve student achievement, it may come as a surprise that something as simple as how a classroom looks could actually make a difference in how students learn. A new analysis finds that the design and aesthetics of school buildings and classrooms has surprising power to impact student learning and success.
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Brain regions that encode words, grammar, story identified

Brain regions that encode words, grammar, story identified | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Scientists have produced the first integrated computational model of reading, identifying which parts of the brain are responsible for such sub-processes as parsing sentences, determining the meaning of words and understanding relationships between characters. They based their results on brain scan of people reading a Harry Potter book.
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5 Heutagogical Tips to Empower Lifelong Learners Online - SchoolKeep Blog

5 Heutagogical Tips to Empower Lifelong Learners Online - SchoolKeep Blog | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
This post is for educators who want to learn more about heutagogy and implement strategies that empower lifelong learners online.
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EnglishAgenda podcast: 8th December 2014 | EnglishAgenda | British Council

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What the World Will Speak in 2115

What the World Will Speak in 2115 | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
English will still dominate a century from now, but it will no longer share the planet with thousands of other languages. Instead, expect fewer but simpler modes of oral communication on every continent.
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Research studies role native language plays in processing words in new languages

Research studies role native language plays in processing words in new languages | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Research at the University of Kansas is exploring how a person's native language can influence the way the brain processes auditory words in a second language.
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How information moves between cultures

How information moves between cultures | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Networks that map strength of connections between languages predict global influence of their speakers. By analyzing data on multilingual Twitter users and Wikipedia editors and on 30 years' worth of book translations in 150 countries, researchers have developed network maps that they say represent the strength of the cultural connections between speakers of different languages.
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Myth-conceptions: How myths about the brain are hampering teaching

Myth-conceptions: How myths about the brain are hampering teaching | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Myths about the brain are common among teachers worldwide and are hampering teaching, according to new research. The report highlights several areas where new findings from neuroscience are becoming misinterpreted by education, including brain-related ideas regarding early educational investment, adolescent brain development and learning disorders such as dyslexia and ADHD.
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Pleasure of learning new words

Pleasure of learning new words | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
From our very first years, we are intrinsically motivated to learn new words and their meanings. First language acquisition occurs within a permanent emotional interaction between parents and children. However, the exact mechanism behind the human drive to acquire communicative linguistic skills is yet to be established.
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It's better for memory to make mistakes while learning

It's better for memory to make mistakes while learning | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Making mistakes while learning can benefit memory and lead to the correct answer, but only if the guesses are close-but-no-cigar, according to new research findings. "Making random guesses does not appear to benefit later memory for the right answer , but near-miss guesses act as stepping stones for retrieval of the correct information -- and this benefit is seen in younger and older adults," says the lead investigator.
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Links between grammar, rhythm explored by researchers

Links between grammar, rhythm explored by researchers | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
A child's ability to distinguish musical rhythm is related to his or her capacity for understanding grammar, according to a recent study. The study is the first of its kind to show an association between musical rhythm and grammar.
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Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young, old

Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young, old | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Learning a new language changes your brain network both structurally and functionally, according to researchers. "Like physical exercise, the more you use specific areas of your brain, the more it grows and gets stronger," said the lead investigator.
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The Complete Alternative Dictionary of ELT and Linguistics

The Complete Alternative Dictionary of ELT and Linguistics | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Or at least I hope this is as complete as it ever gets seeing as there are already nearly 400 entries in it… ARELS – Association of Reasonably good English Language Schools Academic word list- A se...
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#1 Grammar and Spell checker

#1 Grammar and Spell checker | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Improve your English using wisdom of crowds
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A grammar checker that might actually work

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