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.

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


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.

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