Teaching News of the Day Blog

Teaching News of the Day Blog


This is my blog with interesting news of the day about teaching from around the world.  I will be updating this page on a weekly basis. I hope you will bookmark this page.  I encourage commenting on articles of interest.  Please let me know if a link to an article no longer works.

January 14 – 21, 2020


January 6 – 13, 2020

The value of reading out loud to children.  Read article

Holiday Camp will offer specially designed English teaching methodology, a curated curriculum, and a unique hands-on experiential learning approach, novel Indian program.  Read article

New book explains benefits of safe sleeping with babies.  Read article

Program helps parents in prison to send a book to their child along with a recording of inmate reading the book.  Read article

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Attentive children in classroom

Winnepeg  Free Press, Time for family-centered approach to literacy.  Read article

When coding is child’s play.  New Delhi, India   Read Article

Principal reads aloud to get students excited about reading.  Read article


December 31, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Assessing results of government aid for education in Canada and other countries.  Read article

 UNESCO report:  millions of children around world’s low proficiency in reading and math is jeopardizing the achievement of the international Sustainable Development Goals  Read article

Marrakesh Treaty means an end to a ‘book famine’ experienced by many of New Zealand’s blind citizens, as they will now be able to access an international virtual library through global collaboration.  Read article

 Study in India shows that storybooks that animate upon a child’s vocalisation offer better learning opportunities for children who have a less developed attention span.  Read article

Nigerian opinion article:  How parents, teachers ‘kill’ career dreams of children.  Read article

December 24 – 30, 2019

Iranian cleric promotes book-readingin deprived areas.   Read article

UK group trains teachers in early grade reading in Nigeria.  Read article

New Ghanian Queen Mother of Mepe opens reading clubs to combat falling  literacy.  Read article

December 16 – 23, 2019

Reading to your baby matters.  Read article  

Indonesia lacks behind most nations in reading.  Read article  

Concerns about dealing with learning disabilities shared by educators in India.  Read article  

New book outlines approach to better schools preparing children for success.  Read article

In Kenya schools, computer program is used to teach children to read.  Read article

Indonesia trying to wrestle with falling student reading and math assessments.  Read article

December 8 – 15, 2019

New Zealand PISA test results of 15 year-olds confirm that declining levels of student welfare, especially from bullying, lowers academic performance,  especially in reading.  Read article

Curriculum approaches among leading world countries compared.  Read article

Ghana library taking steps to make library more appealing to young readers.  Read article

Cognitive load theory concerned with teaching biologically secondary learning needs; everything other than hearing and speaking.  Read article

Travelling with your kids will help improve your child’s confidence, develop their creative thinking and social skills.  Read article

Importance of teaching vocabulary in the classroom.   Read article

Teaching phonics dates back to 17th century.  Read article

Discussion of problems in Nigeria of matching the development of a reading culture v. graduation rates.  Read article

December 1 – 7, 2019

Library in Amritsar, India takes different approach to encourage reading books.  Read article

NGO’s issue report on status of education in Philippines.   Read article

Study results show Australian education system stagnating.  Read article

McCulloch promotes literacy to prepare students for future.  Read article

What Happened to Common Cause, 10 yrs later?  Read article

November 17 – 23, 2019


Reading and Reading aloud.  Explores value of reading aloud to children.  Read article

New York opens the Bridge Preparatory charter school in Staten Island. This is the only public school in New York that teaches to children suffering from dyslexia. School uses the Orton-Gillingham approach for teaching reading. The Orton-Gillingham approach teaches in a multi-sensory way so it creates different pathways in the brain.

Article by Katina Zammit,Deputy Dean, School of Education, Western Sydney University, The Conversation, explains merits of “whole language” approach to teaching reading. Combines use of phonics and whole word techniques.  Read article.

Interesting idea: book vending machine in school where students can purchase books to read with earned “gold coins.” Read article

Hospital goes extra mile to encourage child literacy by giving books to new-born child’s parents to read to baby. Read article

Library starts pilot program for incarcerated parents to record reading to their children from inside prison.  Children are given a video of their parent reading and a copy of the book their parent is reading.  Allows child and parent to continue to bond.  Read article  

A national report card finds reading proficiency for American fourth-grade and eighth-grade students is declining.  Discussion among experts as to why.  Read article

November 24 – 30, 2019


Study shows how developing reciprocal relationship between a child’s reading level and reading for pleasure boosts child’s reading ability over the years.  Read article.

Student’s knowledge of technology is outpacing school curriculums.  Read article.

The World Bank has adopted a Learning Poverty Target that aims to cut the global rate of learning poverty by at least 50% by 2030   Read article.

Why every child needs explicit teaching in phonics to learn to read.    Read article.

Countries restructure teaching curricula to adjust for educational inequities.  Read article.

Nigerian teachers use bottle caps to teach phonics and words.   Read article.

Liberia part of World Bank’s 2030 Initiative to improve reading skills of all 10 year olds.  Read article.

Schools use neuro- science to innovate teaching methods for dyslexia.  Read article.

Children studying in classroom

4 thoughts on “Teaching News of the Day Blog”

    • Christina, I agree with your comment on reading. My only hedge on computer literacy is that not everyone has access to a computer. I certainly agree that general literacy is of major importance.

  • We definitely need to keep up on our children’s literacy. I have actually met healthy-minded adults who can’t read. While it’s tempting to ask why, I just act like it’s normal and sign the paperwork for them. It’s sad when people can’t sign a simple document. It’s like moving to a foreign country and being able to understand what people say, but not to read their roadsigns and newspapers. Not everyone enjoys reading, but it’s such a necessity! It is really good of you to keep this page up and running. Keep us updated on new trends across the world with reading and literacy. Some countries come up with remarkable ideas. Thank you for all your research!

    • Thanks, Cathy. You have honed in on the hidden side of illiteracy, which is that it is not just that someone is uneducated, but that they have encountered barriers preventing improving basic skills. Our educational society is recognizing this in students now better than ever.

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