Teaching the teachers

Teaching the teachers

TO THE 11- and 12-year-olds in his maths class, Jimmy Cavanagh seems like a born teacher. He is warm but firm. His voice is strong. Correct answers make him smile. And yet it is not his pep that explains why his pupils at North Star Academy in Newark, New Jersey, can expect to go to university, despite 80% of their families needing help to pay for school meals.

Curiosity is the gateway to opportunity

Curiosity is the gateway to opportunity | SmartBrief

Curiosity is a main motivator for a leader — both personal curiosity and that inspired and encouraged in others, not the intrusive curiosity of the voyeur, snoop, busybody or idle prying peson. It is curiosity that is the gateway to opportunity. It is the curiosity that celebrates unfolding possibilities and discovering new information.

Living in a poor neighborhood changes everything about your life

Living in a poor neighborhood changes everything about your life

In 1940, a white developer wanted to build a neighborhood in Detroit. So he asked the US Federal Housing Administration to back a loan. The FHA, which was created just six years earlier to help middle-class families buy homes, said no because the development was too close to an “inharmonious” racial group.

Ten innovations that have changed English language teaching

Ten innovations that have changed English language teaching

What innovations in English language teaching (ELT) have had the biggest impact on your teaching? Chia Suan Chong, who will be blogging from the live-streamed ELTons awards for innovations in ELT on 2 June 2016, lists her top ten. English language teaching is evolving all the time, particularly alongside advances in technology.