Category Archives: Archived


Nov

12

2016

Secret Teaching Assistant: We end up hindering the pupils we're meant to help

‘It’s distressing for pupils to be behind, so TAs often fall into the trap of prompting too much in order to get the job done.’ Photograph: Alamy “Who are you here to support?” Secret supply teacher: we’re used to trouble from students. If only we had support from staff Read more It’s a question I dread. As a higher level teaching assistant, I work with…

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Nov

11

2016

Parents Navigate Tears and Cheers as Kids React to Election

By MITCH SMITH and RACHEL RABKIN PEACHMAN November 11, 2016 In the Roethle household in Leawood, Kan., the children woke up on Wednesday to a family celebration. Donald Trump was the new president. But the excitement came with an admonition “to be a good winner” and not to gloat about his win at school. “Kindness is the No. 1 thing in our house,” said Alana Roethle, 37, a mother of…

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Nov

11

2016
Hey, Baby, Meet Peanuts: How And When To Safely Introduce The Food

Hey, Baby, Meet Peanuts: How And When To Safely Introduce The Food

Enlarge this image Upcoming federal guidelines will discuss how and when to safely add peanuts to an infant’s diet. Peanuts and straight peanut butter are a choking hazard, doctors say, but a bit of watered-down puree of peanut butter at around 6-months-old can help prevent peanut allergies. Brian Hagiwara/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Brian Hagiwara/Getty Images Peanut allergies can be among a parent’s biggest…

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Nov

11

2016

MSP asks for inquiry into Scottish exam invigilators' pay

A Guardian investigation found that for longer exams, invigilators could receive an effective pay rate of £6 an hour. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images HM Revenue and Customs has been asked to investigate allegations that Scottish exam invigilators could be being paid less than the minimum wage. Daniel Johnson, a Labour MSP, wrote to HMRC after invigilators complained their pay regularly left them earning below…

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Nov

11

2016

Too flirty? Too fertile? It's tough to be the right kind of woman in academia

‘Sexism comes in many forms. And it doesn’t help that men in academia, as elsewhere, are still the top dogs.’ Photograph: Alamy “I wouldn’t do a session with you,” a colleague said at a conference. CC, we can call him. Prior to this, I had met him at a handful of other conferences in a handful of other UK cities. Which is a lot, really,…

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Nov

11

2016

English schools 'may face shortage of 19,000 heads by 2022'

A rise in pupil numbers and more school leaders retiring early has left gaps in senior roles, says the report. Photograph: Alicia Canter for the Guardian England could be facing a shortage of up to 19,000 senior teachers by 2022 if action is not taken to plug the gap, it has been suggested. Almost one in four schools across the country could be affected by…

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Nov

11

2016

Family Travel in a Time of Fear

November 11, 2016 By LARA N. DOTSON-RENTA My 7-year-old daughter scampered over the cobblestones of a narrow Paris street, proudly holding a bag of fresh cherries. She had asked for them herself: “Des cerises, s’il vous plaît!” Meanwhile, a few steps away, my 4-year-old was offering her finest “Merci” to the carousel attendant collecting tokens for the next ride. She squealed every time she caught…

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Nov

10

2016

Should You Spy on Your Kids?

By NICK WINGFIELD November 9, 2016 SEATTLE — In the middle of a long bicycle ride several weeks ago, I pulled over for a rest and took out my iPhone to send a text message to my wife. I had a feeling she might be watching me. “If you’re checking my location, I’m not dead,” I wrote to her. “I’m getting coffee on Mercer Island.” As it…

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Nov

10

2016
Brain Scientists Trace Rat Ticklishness To Play Behavior

Brain Scientists Trace Rat Ticklishness To Play Behavior

Enlarge this image When in a playful mood, rats like a gentle tickle as much as the next guy, researchers find. Shimpei Ishiyama and Michael Brecht/Science hide caption toggle caption Shimpei Ishiyama and Michael Brecht/Science Scientists have pinpointed the ticklish bit of a rat’s brain. The results, published in the journal Science, are another step toward understanding the origins of ticklishness, and its purpose in…

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Nov

10

2016

Jeremy Paxman 'baffled' by students' University Challenge boycott

Jeremy Paxman says the claims might relate to comments he made about a team mascot during a break in filming. Photograph: David Hartley/Rex Features Jeremy Paxman has said he is baffled by students voting to boycott University Challenge over claims he made misogynistic and sexist comments to previous team members. The University of Reading students’ union this week voted 120 to 105 in favour of…

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