Education News Update!

This past week, The New York Times discussed the recommended way to raise a truly bilingual child. It stated that it is very important for the child learning a language to be constantly exposed to it, whether the child is learning one or multiple languages. “Early exposure to more than one language can confer certain advantages, especially in terms of facility with forming in that language.”Young children who are learning two languages at once often mix the languages, but that doesn’t mean they are confused. Often, adults who are bilingual are able to switch back and forth between languages in the same conversation, which is a sign of language ability. Exposing children to multiple languages at a young age is paramount to building those language skills and the child will sound more like a native speaker.

As discussed in EdSurgeblended learning is not always the easiest for teachers to effectively implement in the classroom. The key is for teachers to be willing to make mistakes while refining, adapting, and modifying their teaching approaches in order to meet their students’ needs. Extensive research was conducted over the past five years on blended learning. Five years ago, blended learning focused on station rotation. “Students rotated between a small group station, an online station, and an independent practice station staffed with a paraprofessional every single day.”

After the five years of research, it is now recommended to combine the station rotation model with the flex model of blended learning. “This balance has given students time to work at their own pace and demonstrate mastery in their own way.”MultiBrief recently examined the importance of art in the classroom. The new movement from STEM to STEAM puts art within the STEM acronym to encourage innovation by creating a relationship between the sciences and arts. The integration of art in K-12 education, according to MultiBrief, will influence employers to hire arts and design graduates.

“Whether today’s students go on to be artists, doctors, or politicians, we know that the challenges their generation faces will demand creative solutions.” Over the past few decades, art in education has declined. However, Arts Education Partnership has recently set a new goal to make the arts part of every child’s education in the United States by the year 2020.Genius Plaza was recognized for their bilingual K-12 platform in an article by Nibletz last weekend while they were attending the National Principals Conference. Genius Plaza is one of the very few e-learning platforms out there that is 100% bilingual. The Genius Plaza platform can be viewed in Spanish and English, giving both Spanish and English speaking students equal opportunity and access to a wide array of resources.

Genius Plaza has a very unique bank of over 100 videos of STEAM careers and professions known as Learning Champions, produced by their team. These champions are often Latinos, people of color, or women, showing that anyone can become anything they set their mind to, emphasizing the importance of diversity.

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