Hands-on lesson focuses on electricity | How to mix Halloween into STEAM lessons | Survey: Teachers want more tech training
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October 31, 2017
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The Art of Teaching
Hands-on lesson focuses on electricity
Hands-on lesson focuses on electricity
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Science resource teacher Matt Staggs taught fifth-grade students about electrical circuits by sewing LED lights and batteries into T-shirts with conductive thread. Through the hands-on activity, Staggs aimed to teach students patience and perseverance and how electricity works.
Daily News (Bowling Green, Ky.) (10/27) 
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How to mix Halloween into STEAM lessons
How to mix Halloween into STEAM lessons
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Educator Meg Richard suggests in this blog post that teachers tap into students' enthusiasm for Halloween by incorporating the theme into science, technology, engineering, art and math projects. She shares links, tips and videos for several Halloween-inspired STEAM lessons.
Teaching Channel (10/25) 
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Teachers' Toolbox
Survey: Teachers want more tech training
Survey: Teachers want more tech training
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Forty-one percent of educators say students learn faster with technology, but 78% say teachers need more training to use those tools in the classroom, according to a survey from SAM Labs. The survey found that 65% of teachers say technology use has improved student performance in math, while 56% report seeing improvements in reading and writing.
T.H.E. Journal (10/26) 
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College-Career Connection
Ariz. holds Construction Career Days
Students from more than 40 high schools in Arizona participated recently in Construction Career Days. During the event, students learned the basics of construction and were able to network with potential employers.
KVOA-TV (Tucson, Ariz.) (10/26) 
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Writing tips for the college-application essay
Writing tips for the college-application essay
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Many high-school students are working on their college-application essays, with some finding that the writing style requires a different approach than the standard five-paragraph essay. Admissions officers and others in this article offer tips for writing the college-application essay.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/28) 
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My Future
Ongoing PD trains teachers in D.C. schools
Ongoing PD trains teachers in D.C. schools
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Student achievement has improved in District of Columbia Public Schools under LEAP -- LEarning together to Advance our Practice -- which is a professional-development model for teachers. The model includes weekly seminars, classroom observations and ongoing feedback as teachers put what they learn into practice.
The Hechinger Report (10/25) 
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Envision Faculty Lounge
Thanksgiving Activities for the Classroom
Happy Halloween! Not only is it the first of the fall holidays, but tomorrow is Nov. 1, and a good time to start planning for how to incorporate Thanksgiving into your classroom. To celebrate the season, we collected our favorite Thanksgiving activity ideas and materials (primarily for grades K-8), to incorporate in your November learning line-up. Read more.
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Community Project: Impacting Change
With one of the biggest volunteering seasons just around the corner, check out our guide to helping students create service projects that not only enrich the community, but also help develop important leadership skills for your students. Read more.
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Editor's Note
SmartBrief honors education bloggers
The Editor's Choice Content Award celebrates educator-written content. Meet the winners.
SmartBrief/Education (10/30) 
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There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
Niccolo Machiavelli,
political philosopher and historian
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