National Literacy Team Looking at Learning Between Boys and Girls

first_imgNational Literacy Team Looking at Learning Between Boys and Girls UncategorizedApril 7, 2008 Advertisements RelatedNational Literacy Team Looking at Learning Between Boys and Girls RelatedNational Literacy Team Looking at Learning Between Boys and Girlscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Education is aware of the fact that boys learn differently from girls, and the issue is being addressed by a literacy team, National Literacy Co-ordinator, Laurel Brent Harris has said. Mrs. Brent Harris was responding to questions during a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, where she outlined the Ministry’s four-pronged National Literacy Strategic Plan, as well as the composition of the Literacy Management Team.This four-pronged approach, she explained, is intended to carry forward the Ministry’s mandate of raising the levels of literacy of Primary and Secondary students across Jamaica.Giving her views, the Co-ordinator said: “Boys learn differently from girls. This fact is now getting the attention it deserves.” She informed that the issue is now being discussed around the world, particularly since boys’ underperformance in relation to girls is at a crisis level, adding that because of this, “we have a national team which is addressing the issue.” “We are currently putting in place special programmes which will help teachers to understand how to customise their instruction in order to ensure that the boys benefit as much as the girls,” she said.Mrs. Brent Harris informed that a segment of the four-pronged approach is focused instruction, through the in-service and pre-service professional development, and differentiated instruction.The other three prongs include: data-driven decision making in teaching and learning, analysis of performance on national tests, students’ cumulative records and planning, and implementing customised interventions to address findings; targeting schools that have particular challenges, as evidenced by a pattern of low performance over a period of three to five years; and establishing partnerships with stakeholders, inclusive of parents, the public and the private sector and soliciting support for literacy endeavours through a public education campaign.“In focused instruction, we are working with the teachers and guiding differentiated instructions for boys,” Mrs. Brent Harris explained, noting that this whole concept of how boys learn is one of the sub-strands under the ‘focused instruction’ prong.“Learning differences between boys and girls would come under differentiated learning by gender, interests, age and special needs. We are looking at learning styles, how boys learn as against how girls learn, how we select materials for boys versus girls,” she added.In relation to how schools would be structured to take account of the learning differences between boys and girls, she said that this is an ongoing consideration among educators.“Indeed, different options are being pursued in some regions, and other recommendations have been advanced. Within the Ministry these options are being actively evaluated. In the interim, we are working closely with the teachers, to sensitize them to recognizing and responding appropriately to the learning style of boys,” Mrs. Brent Harris said. RelatedNational Literacy Team Looking at Learning Between Boys and Girlslast_img read more

Every wins at Bay Hill for first PGA Tour title

first_imgORLANDO, Fla. – Matt Every is finally a winner on the PGA Tour, and he’s still not sure how it happened. He was nine shots behind Masters champion Adam Scott going into the weekend at Bay Hill. He was still four back of the Australian he referred to as a ”stud” going into the final round Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Every figured even par over the last three holes would do the trick. He made two bogeys. Even after a hearty handshake from the tournament host and a shiny trophy an arm’s length away from, Every summed up this wild day with just the right words. ”I … I … I can’t believe I won,” he said. ”I just … I really can’t.” The tee shot that he feared might be out-of-bounds on No. 9 somehow bounced along a cart path and led to an unlikely birdie. He surged to a three-shot lead when Scott’s touch with the putter vanished. Even with two bogeys on the last three holes – he missed a 4-foot par putt on the 18th – Every still closed with a 2-under 70. The last bogey made him sweat out the finish. Keegan Bradley, who birdied the 16th and 17th holes, had a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th that would have forced a playoff. It was similar to the putt Tiger Woods has made so often to win at Bay Hill. Bradley’s putt stayed left of the hole, and he finished one shot behind. Arnold Palmer Invitational: Articles, videos and photos Every finished at 13-under 275, one shot ahead of Bradley, who needed two late birdies for a 72. Scott was third. In his 92nd start as a pro on the PGA Tour, Every finally won at just the right time and just the right place. The 30-year-old who grew up 90 minutes away in Daytona Beach used to come to Bay Hill as a kid to watch the tournament. And he beat the Masters champion to earn his own spot in the Masters next month. ”Being close to winning out here, it can be kind of discouraging because if you don’t win, you just wonder if it’s ever going to happen,” Every said. ”And sometimes you tell yourself, ‘Well, maybe it’s meant to be somewhere else, somewhere better.’ I don’t see how it could get much better than this – being so close to where I grew up and all the fans out there that were cheering me on. It was awesome.” It was a nightmare for Scott. He shattered the Bay Hill record by taking a seven-shot lead after 36 holes and still led by three shots over Bradley going into Sunday. His putting stroke betrayed him. Scott made only five bogeys over 54 holes. He made five on Sunday alone. And he didn’t make a birdie over the last 14 holes for a 76. ”I’m annoyed that I didn’t do better today,” Scott said. ”Sometimes you’ve got to be hard on yourself. Sometimes you don’t. And I think I was getting into a really good spot, and an opportunity here to run away with an event and really take a lot of confidence. I’m taking confidence anyway, from just some good play. But some opportunities you’ve got to take.” Cocky by nature, Every choked back tears when he realized he had won. ”It’s hard,” he said, stopping to compose himself. ”It’s tough, man. You just never know if it’s going to happen. You get there so many times. It’s nice to get it done.” He made it hard on himself. Every had a three-shot lead on the par-5 16th hole – the easiest at Bay Hill – when he drove into the woods, hit a tree trying to pitch out, laid up short of the water to play it safe and had to grind out a bogey. Scott, playing in the final group behind him, drilled 6-iron to 20 feet for an eagle putt that would have tied him for the lead. He three-putted for par. It was the second time in six tournaments that Scott lost a big lead on the last day. He had a four-shot advantage in the Australian Open and lost on the final hole to Rory McIlroy. This time, he didn’t even have a realistic chance playing the 18th. ”I really think the putting has let me down on both of those occasions,” Scott said. ”Today was a bit shaky. But this course was asking a lot of everyone today, and my short game just wasn’t there. So that needs to be tightened up and probably shows that I need to do a bit more work on it to hold up under the pressure.” Scott finished alone in third. He had to win Bay Hill to reach No. 1 in the world ranking when he arrived at Augusta National. Now, the No. 1 spot that Woods has held for the last year will be up for grabs at the Masters among Woods, Scott and Henrik Stenson, who tied for fifth at Bay Hill. Until Sunday, about the only time Every made news on the PGA Tour was when he was arrested and jailed on a misdemeanor drug possession charge at the 2010 John Deere Classic after agents were called to a casino hotel because of a strong odor of marijuana coming from the room he was in. Every paid the price with a three-month suspension that kept him from retaining his PGA Tour card. He once said earning his card back was his greatest achievement, though that sure takes a seat back to his win at Bay Hill. ”It’s just cool that I can say that I won on the PGA Tour,” Every said. ”But I always felt like my game was plenty good enough to win out here.”last_img read more

Woodside Publishes General Meeting Booklet

first_imgWoodside released the Notice of General Meeting and Explanatory Memorandum (Meeting Booklet) in relation to the previously announced buy-back of 78,271,512 Woodside shares from Shell Australia .The Meeting Booklet contains a report by the Independent Expert, Grant Samuel, which concludes that the buy-back is fair and reasonable to Woodside shareholders (other than Shell and its associates).Woodside has also obtained consent to the buy-back as required under a number of its facility agreements.Completion of the buy-back is now subject only to Woodside shareholder approval at a General Meeting which will be at 10:00am (AWST) on Friday, 1 August 2014 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth, Western Australia.The Woodside Board recommends that shareholders vote in favour of the buy-back for the following reasons:The buy-back is expected to deliver increased dividends per share due to increased earnings per share;The buy-back facilitates an orderly reduction in Shell’s shareholding;The Independent Expert has concluded that the buy-back is fair and reasonable to non-Shell shareholders;Woodside is purchasing shares from Shell at a discount, significantly lower than the price Shell received in the sell-down on 18 June 2014;The buy-back is expected to increase the liquidity of Woodside’s shares in the equity market; andThe buy-back is an efficient and disciplined use of surplus capital that will optimise Woodside’s near-term capital structure.Haynes and Jamieson, who were originally nominated by Shell, abstained from voting when the buy-back was considered by the Board.[mappress]Press Release, June 27, 2014last_img read more