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Here is a piece from QUARTZ on how tech and online learning is changing the higher education scene in North America. This is an interesting and thought-provoking piece, according to which, higher education in the future will be a continuum of services.


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The World Teachers’ Day is held annually on 5 October since 1994 to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. The 1966 Recommendation constitutes the main reference framework for addressing teachers’ rights and responsibilities on a global scale.


This year the Teachers’ Day will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel; teaching personnel at the higher education sector  are often overlooked in discussions concerning the status of teachers. Like teachers at pre-primary, primary, and secondary levels, teaching in higher education is a profession requiring expert knowledge, specialized skills, and pedagogical competence.


World Teachers’ Day 2017 will be celebrated under the theme “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers”, echoing the 2015 theme that followed the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs)(link is external) when teacher empowerment was reaffirmed as a top priority in all education and development strategies.

Read more about the World Education Day 2017 at



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Everyone agrees that inclusion is hard, that reaching the poorest and most marginalised is difficult. The layers and reinforcing cycles of exclusion defy the conventional development project approach. Something else, something qualitatively different is needed.

Many organisations, large and small, are tackling the deep challenges of exclusion and coming up with creative, innovative and workable solutions that are putting into practice the policies and strategies that everyone is talking about.

This Barefoot Guide, written by 34 practitioners from 16 different countries on all continents makes many of these successful approaches and solutions more visible.

Read more: http://www.barefootguide.org/barefoot-guide-5---inclusive-development.html

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Part of rethinking learning means rethinking the bits and pieces of the learning process–teaching strategies, writing pieces, etc.

Which is what makes the following chart from Kathleen Cushman’s Fires in the Mind compelling.Rather than simply a list of alternatives to homework, it instead contextualizes the need for work at home (or, “homework”). It does this by taking typical classroom situations–the introduction of new material, demonstrating a procedure, etc.), and offering alternatives to traditional homework assignments.

In fact, most of them are alternatives to homework altogether, including group brainstorming, modeling/think-alouds, or even the iconic pop-quiz. Food for thought, yes?

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The big idea here is to use the first day (or week or month) to get to know the right things about your students.How relevant are these 12 questions depends on the student, their grade level, how articulate they are, how comfortable they are with thinking about thinking, and so on. Use at your own discretion, of course.

(TIP: Many of these questions are appropriate for introdiction phase of teachers' seminars!).

12 Questions To Ask Your Students On The First Day Of School

1. What do you love? What are you most proud of?

2. When are you at your best as a person? Student? Friend? Brother/sister?

3. How do you respond–emotionally, practically, etc.–when you’re challenged?

4. What do you need from me to be successful this year?

5. What does it mean to ‘understand’ something?

6. What should school ‘do’ for you?

7. What should you do with the things you know?

8. Are you a picky reader? What are your strengths as a reader (or ‘scientist’ or musician or mathematician, etc)?

9. Who are your heroes and why?

10. What do you want to learn about this year? What are you curious about? What can a person do with curiosity?

11. When are you most creative? Why do you think that might be?

12. What do you want me to know about you? What should I be asking you but I’m not?

Bonus: Do you think you’re a good student? A good learner? Is there a difference?


Copyright Š 2017 TeachThought

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A recommended resource : Read the powerful story from a teacher of rethinking schools that helped 3rd graders (8-9 yrs old students) understand the global struggle for climate justice.


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"The Internet and social media have trained my brain to read a paragraph or two, and then start looking around. When I read an online article from the Atlantic or the New Yorker, after a few paragraphs I glance over at the slide bar to judge the article’s length. My mind strays, and I find myself clicking on the sidebars and the underlined links."

Has it happened to you?

According to the author tt needs great willpower and to build a personal 'fortress of habits' to regain the valuable slow-reading process in our minds. It is certainly worth it. Tip: Poetry helps!

Read the entire article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/07/21/the-death-of-reading-is-threatening-the-soul/?ct=t(01_a8inea_Newsletter12_17_2013)&utm_term=.3f9323ac1057


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“Yes our planet is facing tough resource problems … but the bad news stops here. Because this site is a home for a rich tapestry of solutions that are fast gaining ground … This website is dedicated to highlighting that change, a testament to our bright waste-free future. The aim is to share the best ideas, to inspire. Who? You”

Visit the website and get inspired: http://makeresourcescount.eu/about/

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Researchers have examined environmental and economic impacts of supermarket food waste in a new study. Bread and meat products made the largest contribution to the environmental footprint of the supermarket assessed. Alternative waste strategies, such as using bread waste as animal feed, have the potential to reduce these impacts.

Read the two-page report here:
"Science for Environment Policy": European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service, edited by SCU, The University of the West of England, Bristol.


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Join the challenge for a Plastic Free July... it is simple! It takes 5 simple steps:

1) Register at http://www.plasticfreejuly.org

2) Take online quizzes to get tips of advice,

3) choose your level of anti-plastic behaviors

4) Commit to them for the whole month, and

5) spread the word face to face and online !

Will you accept the challenge? ​More than one million people from 130 countries will take part!

Read more at http://www.plasticfreejuly.org

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