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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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Education, Teaching & Language

Education, Teaching & Language | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
By David Deubelbeiss | A reader featuring all the latest news, research & resources for teachers.
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Are Great Teachers Born or Made?

Are Great Teachers Born or Made? | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
A thoughtful new book argues that teaching is a craft anyone can learn. But there's a big difference between competence and excellence. 
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Expecting to teach enhances learning, recall

Expecting to teach enhances learning, recall | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
People learn better and recall more when given the impression that they will soon have to teach newly acquired material to someone else, suggests new research. Findings of the study suggest that simply telling learners that they would later teach another student changes their mindset enough so that they engage in more effective approaches to learning than did their peers who simply expected a test.
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TED talks: beyond coursebook accents

TED talks: beyond coursebook accents | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Do you ever use TED talks in your classes? This nonprofit organisation, with the tagline 'Ideas worth spreading', is a great place to find interesting authentic audio. TED talks are also really use...
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8 Kinds of Testing & 6 Types of Tests

8 Kinds of Testing & 6 Types of Tests | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
There are eight kinds of testing. They are as follow: 1. Direct testing: Testing is said to be direct when the student is required to perform directly the skill which we wish to measure. E.g. we as...
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Learning by repetition impairs recall of details, study shows

Learning by repetition impairs recall of details, study shows | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
While repetition enhances the factual content of memories, it can reduce the amount of detail stored with those memories, neurobiologists report following a recent study. This means that with repeated recall, nuanced aspects may fade away.
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Neural sweet talk: Taste metaphors emotionally engage the brain

Neural sweet talk: Taste metaphors emotionally engage the brain | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Researchers have found that taste-related metaphors such as 'sweet' actually engage the emotional centers of the brain more than literal words such as 'kind' that have the same meaning. If metaphors in general elicit a similar emotional response, that could mean that figurative language presents a 'rhetorical advantage' when communicating with others.
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Is All This Student Data Changing the Way Teachers Teach?

Is All This Student Data Changing the Way Teachers Teach? | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
With so much access to student data these days, teachers are experimenting with different tactics, and figuring out what's working and what's not. As with most scenarios using education technology, it's a mixed bag. How it's used depends on a variety of factors in each school and in each teacher’s classroom. Some teachers are embracing student data to inform their teaching, while others believe there's a risk of an over-reliance on hard numbers that doesn’t take into account the human factor.
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Collaborative Teaching: Addressing ESL Teacher Concerns | TESOL Blog

Collaborative Teaching: Addressing ESL Teacher Concerns | TESOL Blog | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Collaborative teaching between ESL and mainstream teachers has pros and cons. ESL teachers have many concerns; read these suggestions on how to address those concerns before they become an issue.
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MultiBrief: Pay attention! How to actively teach listening skills

MultiBrief: Pay attention! How to actively teach listening skills | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
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A Time to Travel

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A Time to Travel, by Luke and James Vyner, is a collection of exciting audio adventures through history, based on the Macmillan Cultural Readers series of titles: Brazil, China, USA and England. Follow Amber and her friend Naz, as they time-travel their way through a Brazilian rainforest, Shakespearean England and play their part in the USA moon landings.  
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Human language's deep origins appear to have come directly from birds, primates

Human language's deep origins appear to have come directly from birds, primates | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Human language builds on birdsong and speech forms of other primates, researchers hypothesize in new research. From birds, the researchers say, we derived the melodic part of our language, and from other primates, the pragmatic, content-carrying parts of speech. Sometime within the last 100,000 years, those capacities fused into roughly the form of human language that we know today.
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50 Things To Do The First Week Of School

50 Things To Do The First Week Of School | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
“Every journey begins with a simple thought.”
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How I learned to teach English to non-English speaking students

How I learned to teach English to non-English speaking students | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Starting out in any profession is tough. When you have no formal training, are in a new country that doesn’t speak your language and are suddenly before a cla…
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Memories of errors foster faster learning

Memories of errors foster faster learning | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Using a deceptively simple set of experiments, researchers have learned why people learn an identical or similar task faster the second, third and subsequent time around. The reason: They are aided not only by memories of how to perform the task, but also by memories of the errors made the first time.
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Errors show that learning is happening. See also http://www.antimoon.com/how/mistakes-in-learning.htm and http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teaching-students-to-embrace-mistakes-hunter-maats-katie-obrien ;

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'I can't figure out how to do this!': Active-learning techniques effective for large scale classes?

'I can't figure out how to do this!': Active-learning techniques effective for large scale classes? | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
In the past 10 years an active-learning course, called Active Physics, has gradually displaced lecture-based introductory course in physics at an American university. But are active-learning techniques effective when they are scaled up to large classes? A comprehensive three-year evaluation suggests that Active Physics consistently produces more proficient students with better attitudes toward learning than the lecture courses it is replacing.
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Potentially Problematic Publishers

Potentially Problematic Publishers | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Beall's List: Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers This is a list of questionable, scholarly open-access publishers. We recommend that scholars read the avail...
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Language learning: what motivates us?

Language learning: what motivates us? | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
What happens in the brain when we try to learn a language can tell us a lot about what drives us to learn it in the first place. Lauren Razavi unpacks the science
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Gestures that speak: Gesticulating while speaking is not just a 'colorful' habit

Gestures that speak: Gesticulating while speaking is not just a 'colorful' habit | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Have you ever found yourself gesticulating – and felt a bit stupid for it – while talking on the phone? You’re not alone: it happens very often that people accompany their speech with hand gestures, sometimes even when no one can see them. Why can’t we keep still while speaking? "Because gestures and words very probably form a single 'communication system', which ultimately serves to enhance expression intended as the ability to make oneself understood," explains a neuroscientist.
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We speak as we feel, we feel as we speak

We speak as we feel, we feel as we speak | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Ground-breaking experiments have been conduced to uncover the links between language and emotions. Researchers were able to demonstrate that the articulation of vowels systematically influences our feelings and vice versa. The authors concluded that it would seem that language users learn that the articulation of 'i' sounds is associated with positive feelings and thus make use of corresponding words to describe positive circumstances. The opposite applies to the use of 'o' sounds.
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Learning a second language in adulthood can slow brain ageing - Telegraph

Learning a second language in adulthood can slow brain ageing - Telegraph | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Speaking two languages benefits the ageing brain, according to new research, and it can be just as beneficial to learn one later in life as in childhood
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Language Magazine » From Language Skills to Teaching Prowess

Language Magazine » From Language Skills to Teaching Prowess | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
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What It Takes (And Means) To Learn English As An Adult

What It Takes (And Means) To Learn English As An Adult | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
The wait to gain entry to adult English-language classes can be long. Once you're in, balancing class with family and job obligations can be a challenge. But many immigrants are determined. Ana Perez says she tries to never miss a class: "A day of studying is sacred for me."
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Storyboards to use for classroom activities

Storyboards to use for classroom activities | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
Three different styles of storyboard for planning role-plays, films or animations. Great for working on sequencers and narrative tenses in the context of literature, news reports, documentaries, comic strips, adverts ...
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'Vital signs' of teaching captured by quick, reliable in-class evaluation

'Vital signs' of teaching captured by quick, reliable in-class evaluation | The Lexis Nexus | Scoop.it
A 20-minute classroom assessment that is less subjective than traditional in-class evaluations by principals can reliably measure classroom instruction and predict student standardized test scores, a team of researchers reported. The assessment also provides immediate and meaningful feedback making it an important new tool for understanding and improving instructional quality.
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