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<b>Five common mistakes when learning a language<b/>

If you are learning a language, or planning to learn a language, get ready for a challenging, sometimes frustrating but consistently rewarding experience. Different learning techniques work for different people, and it can sometimes be beneficial to mix and match how you learn, particularly if you reach a stubborn plateau. But some things are true for all language learners. With this in mind, here are five common language learning mistakes and how you can avoid them:

<b>10 items that can make your classroom more inclusive<b/>

Inclusive education is largely based on an attitude towards educating students with special needs. Essentially, it does not differentiate between students who are typically developing and students who are not. It is about educating all students, alongside same-age peers and peers with varying abilities, in a general education classroom.
Inclusive education is reliant on student access to curriculum. Schools must create opportunities using activities, space and materials so that all students can learn. If you are working in an inclusive classroom or are on the journey to becoming one, here are 10 items that can make your classroom more inclusive:

What's the purpose of homework?

Friday, 6 October 2017
<b>What's the purpose of homework?<b/>

If you walk into a typical teachers’ workroom and ask the question, “What’s the purpose of homework?” you’ll likely find that most teachers have a definite opinion.
• Homework teaches students responsibility.
• Homework gives students an opportunity to practice and refine their skills.
• We give homework because our parents demand it.
• Our community equates homework with rigour.
• Homework is a rite of passage.

3 questions to ask your child's teacher before school starts

As the new school year rolls around, you and your child’s teacher have one big thing in common, even if you’ve never met before: the goal to make your child feel comfortable and ready to learn.
Ideally, you and the teacher will work together as a team to make sure your child is getting the most out of school. After all, with the typical teacher responsible for 20 to 30 students at a time, a little help from home is important. Those crucial “official” parent-teacher conferences, though, often don’t come around until weeks or months into the school year.

Building strong parent-teacher relationships

Parents are their child’s first and most influential teachers. But who comes in at a close second?
School teachers!
When parents and teachers come together to support children, the results are inspiring.
As a teacher, I felt supported by parents who trusted me. Their trust empowered me to do my best teaching. These parents also knew that they could come to me with any information, questions, or suggestions.

How to engage a classroom of diverse learners

For some people, the term ‘diverse learners’ conjures the image of students who are learning disabled. Yet for a teacher, this image is an outmoded mindset. Every student has strengths and weaknesses. Every student has her own way of learning. Most importantly, every student has her own way of best expressing what she has learnt.
At first, differentiating instruction to engage every student seems like an impossible task. Yet there are small changes every teacher can make to help students become successful learners.

3 ways to reach students with behavioural challenges

The most difficult student in your classroom may struggle to complete academic work on time, stay organized, listen to directives, or find a way to get other students distracted and off-task.
Remembering that behaviours have an underlying cause and are used to communicate something helps us not to take anything personally. Just as you teach academics and study skills to your students, replacement behaviors must be taught and reinforced throughout the year as well.

Why is it important for teachers to have good communication skills?

The art of communication involves listening and speaking as well as reading and writing. Teachers need to be highly skilled in all these areas to excel in their profession. Proficient communicators receive information, understand and synthesize it and express themselves at a high level. They make excellent teachers because they are able to transmit knowledge, skills and values at the same time they communicate their caring for the students entrusted to their care. They help motivate students to learn.

8 preschool classroom safety tips

Tuesday, 15 August 2017
8 preschool classroom safety tips

Preschool teachers across the globe use creative techniques like these to help their students calm down so learning can take place. Not only do teachers need clever classroom management strategies up their sleeves, but they also need to make sure their classroom is a safe place that promotes learning.
It can be easy for classroom safety to slip teachers’ minds amid lesson plans and field trips, but it’s definitely not something to be ignored! A well-organized classroom that has safety procedures in place not only makes students feel more secure, but it also shows parents their children are being well cared for.

Outstanding lessons begin in an outstanding way

The beginning of a lesson must be perfect and precise. We have never observed a lesson that began badly or even began OK, which ended in an outstanding way, with progress being made by all students. To use an analogy, the start of a lesson is like opening the traps at a race. So much energy and so much potential exists at the very beginning of any lesson. The role of the teacher is to take that energy, take those released from the traps (to continue that analogy) and take them all to the finish line. When all students experience joy and wonder, and have little awareness of the length of the lesson, that’s magic. For that magic to happen, the lesson must start perfectly

Ten roles for teacher leaders

Monday, 10 July 2017
Ten roles for teacher leaders

The ways teachers can lead are as varied as teachers themselves.
Teacher leaders assume a wide range of roles to support school and student success. Whether these roles are assigned formally or shared informally, they build the entire school's capacity to improve. Because teachers can lead in a variety of ways, many teachers can serve as leaders among their peers.
So what are some of the leadership options available to teachers?

Education is the chief defense of nations

It is quite an obvious fact that nations do not rise or fall without any reason. Rather, there are always some radical causes behind their rise and fall. Wise are the nations who understand such causes, plan their strategy for their defense and make their own destiny. In fact, nations are moving a head like a caravan. Any nation which becomes stagnant is left behind and surpassed by the others.
When we give due consideration to the things which serve in the defense of nations,

Top 10 qualities of a great preschool teacher

Being a preschool teacher is a tough job that doesn’t usually entail the type of social (let alone financial) respect it should. Throw in a demanding and sometimes fussy bunch of parents (and oh yeah, their kids) and you will find classrooms led by the few, the proud, the brave, the preschool teachers.
Finland seems to have bucked the global teacher-undervaluation trend through clever use of what they call “academic sauna.”

Planning for the active classroom

Monday, 5 June 2017
Planning for the active classroom

A trained teacher loves planning for classes. He loves the possibilities the new academic year held but most of all, he loves inventing and planning schemes of work that he hopes would challenge and engage his students.

Let's fix Pakistan's broken education system

Pakistan faces a multitude of serious challenges, many of them connected to the lack of a viable education system for its poor masses. Widespread illiteracy and dismal pedagogical standards are overwhelming problems.

12 ways to improve your school's culture

It’s no secret that when searching for jobs, educators hope to find opportunities at schools that boast a friendly, open, and positive climate. Parents follow the same process as they check the area’s school system before deciding to rent or buy a house. Teachers and students spend more than eight hours a day at school and a school’s environment greatly impacts the education that takes place.

11 ways to define leadership

Thursday, 1 June 2017
11 ways to define leadership

Leadership is, of course, subjective. But its foundation stems from one thing: the ability of an individual to establish a following among other individuals or teams. Every leader has his or her own style and strategy. Further, their leadership styles and methods will vary because they are influenced by multiple factors — the modern challenges all business leaders face today (digitalization, changing regulatory and financial markets, recruiting and retaining talent) coupled with predicaments specific to their company, company size and the industry in which the business is based.

Spectrum launches an activity-based series of Islamic Studies

Spectrum Islamic Studies (K-8), a long-awaited product of Spectrum Publishers was finally unveiled on last Saturday (May 20, 2017) at Spectrum head office. Started with the recitation of the Quran, the book launching ceremony of Spectrum Islamic Studies proceeded with the reflections of the literati, educationists, Islamic scholars and journalists presented at the venue.

School library and its importance

Thursday, 4 May 2017

A library can be considered a store – house of knowledge. In dictionaries the word “library” has been defined as “a building or room containing a collection of books”. A school library is a place in the school where vast collections of academic books are kept. These books are made available to the students to increase their knowledge and understanding on various subjects.

Education is a pretty broad concept that surpasses the four walls of a classroom. The core aim of education is to foster all round development of a child. All round development essentially means intellectual, physical, moral, sensible and social development. All round development can be achieved only through education. Education plays a fundamental role in the making of a man and his development

Bringing a healthy brain to school

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Imagine you are a 3rd grade teacher in a well-respected school district; you have a modern classroom with all the bells and whistles, a rigorous curriculum, and the latest instructional materials and technology. The principal is a well-respected instructional leader, and the teachers and staff have formed a collaborative and supportive learning community.

Education has many benefits and has positive impact in our life. An educated person is an asset for any country. In today’s world, human capital is considered the best national resource. On one hand, he can explore better opportunities for himself, and on the other hand, the entire nation would get benefited from his works.
There are many reasons why education is important. They are discussed below: