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Five-year-old Maverick Denette, left, and his six-year-old sister Peyton, centre, talk with a teacher at St. Thomas More Elementary School in Mississauga, Ont., Sept. 9, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

Strong relationships help kids catch up after 6 months of COVID-19 school closures

The approach that schools take to addressing how to get students caught up in learning they missed due to COVID-19 school closures may have a lasting impact on this generation.
Suzi Ailes, right, and Kris Smith study schoolwork for SusQ-Cyber Charter School in their home in Milton, Pennsylvania. AP Photos/ George Widman

What cyber charter schools are and why their growth should worry us

What Betsy DeVos, an advocate of school-choice initiatives and President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary, as well as the rest of us need to know about cyber charter schools.
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Data collected about student behaviour doesn’t help improve teaching or learning

Schools and universities pump lots of time and money into collecting data on learning analytics, but there is no research to show that such data actually helps to improve learning outcomes.
While more information on schools isn’t a bad thing, it won’t lift outcomes. AAP

My School website won’t lift outcomes for all schools

Expecting the My School website to improve learning outcomes assumes that parents will see a drop in results and move their child to the other school down the road - but markets in education just don't work like this.
It is thought new open-plan classrooms facilitate collaborative learning, but they actually make it harder to hear the teacher. AAP

Students struggle to hear teacher in new fad open-plan classrooms

Many of us would remember our days in primary school sitting in a classroom with four walls, among 20 to 30 other students, and a teacher instructing us from the front. Recently, some schools have been…

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