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Salaams to all you public school teachers out there in the U.S.! Here's your chance to share some eventful, goofy, lightbulb moments from your classroom and/or course. So come on in, make yourselves at home, and shoot! :-) It's safe to vent, share, whine, complain in here ... or just marvel at this addictive, wonderful way of life called teaching! :-)
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Once you identify the talent of a child and put them in the environment that will nurture that talent then the sky is the limit.

Who is a child prodigy? :)

March 1, 2010 at 5:19am

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E-mail could be extinct within a decade as younger peeps switch to texting, instant messaging and websites like Twitter and FB.

E-mail is dying out because it is slow, inconvenient and unfashionable some experts say.

Many of you might have heard this Q before:

Is txt ruining the English language?

Exam markers have expressed concerns over the use of text messaging language in exam answers. The proof of its increased usage came when a 13-year-old Scottish schoolgirl handed in an essay written completely in text message shorthand, much to the bemusement of her teacher.

One extract said: "My smmr hols wr CWOT. B4, we used 2go2 NY 2C my bro, his GF & thr 3 : - kids FTF. ILNY, it's a gr8 plc."

Can you translate the above passage?

R U a txt addict?

Do you think txting is killing off the English language?

R is it jst gr8 4 tkn 2 m8s?

December 12, 2009 at 5:57am

Lynfasi

W/salaam,

I read in the newspaper that texting will take email over in the next decades. I'll post IA the article in which they mention this.

I personally think that children took shorthand to another dimension!!!

I don't know how to text in shorthand and not trying to learn it either. When texting in shorthand one has to bear in mind that the recipient might not understand the message. These days it is not the case. People happily text in shorthand !
February 20, 2010 at 12:31pm

Peacetwou

Salaam

I hope email and the age old mail system do not crash with the coming of texting, instant messaging and facebook. while I have nothing against it, I feel the use of shorthand is destroying children's ability to spell. I, for the life of me, find it very hard to text in shorthand. I feel stupid! so, hopefully, it is just a phase and will one day phase out!

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February 15, 2010 at 12:20am

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Source: The Peninsula / By Huda NV

DOHA: Al Fakhoora launched the first phase of their education initiatives to develop the potential of Palestinian students, recently. The 10-year project in the form of a comprehensive scholarship programme for the Palestinian students in Gaza will provide full scholarships to 100 students for four to five years of higher education.

Al Fakhoora is an international advocacy campaign launched by students in Qatar in January 2009. The group, focusing on protecting and restoring education in Gaza, is supported by H H Sheikha Mozah bint Naser Al Missned, Unesco Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education.

The newly launched scholarship programme is being implemented through a triple partite agreement between Al Fakhoora, Islamic Development Bank (IDB), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The project was launched with a signing of MoU by Abdullathif Al Shayef on behalf of Al Fakhoora, Manour bin Feten for IDB and Naser Faqih for UNDP.

?The scholarship programme is an important effort to build the kind of higher education capacity critical to the development of the Palestinian youth,? said Farooq Burney, Project Director of Al Fakoora. ?We are enthusiastic to see this project moving forward and expect great results from our partnership with IDB and UNDP in equipping Palestinian students for a brighter future.?

Al Fakhoora has already mobilised a team of mentors and social workers to support recipients of the scholarships, in addition to providing them with full financial support for their studies. Academically bright students will be selected from the poorest of the poor and all their needs beyond financial aid will also be looked into. A comprehensive network will be formed to ensure that the beneficiaries of the scholarship enjoy the education. The support will also be targeting specific professional sectors as per the needs of Gaza.

?We are dedicated to supporting the higher education of Palestinian students as well as asserting the right to education in the contemporary discourse on the Palestinian issue. As Such we are aware that it takes more than financial backing to ensure the successful development of these future thinkers and leaders,? said Jacqueline O?Rourke, Advisor to the office of sheikh Mozah and responsible for oversight of the project.
www.thepeninsulaqatar.com

November 29, 2009 at 7:04am

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Over the past months, we expressed our views on specific faith schools (Muslim schools exclusive) where particular groups of pupils were misbehaving or underachieving.
www.tes.co.uk

The most recent Ofsted's Inspection and Reports below come as a bowl of fresh air!

-Ofsted Report 1 : LITTLE ILFORD SCHOOL (11 pages), East London
Letter (dated June 2009) to pupils explaining the findings, Plse see p11 ftp.littleilford.org

-Report 2: MADANI SCHOOL (11 pages), Leicester
Letter (dated March 2009) to pupils explaining findings, Plse see p11 www.madanihigh.leicester.sch.uk

-Report 3: KASSIM DARWISH SCHOOL for boys, Manchester
Inspection 22-23 Jan08 www.kdgrammar.co.uk

And certainly there are many more schools like those elsewhere in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia...

September 5, 2009 at 10:07am

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