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August 18, 2017
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Teacher builds relationships in first days
Teacher builds relationships in first days
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California fourth-grade teacher Leighann Milazzo spent the first days of class getting to know her students by having them share details of their lives in small group discussions. The school district trained its teachers over the summer on techniques to build better relationships with students.
The Bakersfield Californian (8/16) 
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Educator: There are no perfect teachers
Educator: There are no perfect teachers
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There is no such thing as the perfect teacher, asserts Sydney Chaffee, the National Teacher of the Year. In a recent interview, she said that -- just like students -- educators can make mistakes and learn from them.
SmartBrief/Education (8/16) 
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Do You Assess Student Listening Skills?
Listening is a critical 21st century skill, but are you assessing it? Research shows that listening comprehension also has a major impact on reading comprehension through the 8th grade. Have your students take our Listening Challenge and see how they do!
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Tweens & Young Teens
Do students need smartphones before 8th grade?
Do students need smartphones before 8th grade?
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More than 2,000 parents in 49 states have signed a Texas mother's social media pledge, "Wait Until 8th," that encourages parents to wait until eighth grade before giving their children a smartphone. The choice depends on each family's needs, but the pledge could help some parents distinguish when smartphones are age-appropriate, child development expert Deborah Gilboa said.
Today (8/17) 
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Students practice mindfulness while eating
Students practice mindfulness while eating
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Students at a school in Maryland are being taught to slow down when they eat and savor each bite -- a process known as mindful eating. The initiative is based on research that shows such an approach can improve students' overall health and help curb eating disorders.
Science News (8/17) 
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Classroom Innovation
What will teachers do with the solar eclipse?
What will teachers do with the solar eclipse?
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Monday's eclipse is offering lessons for teachers in districts that have started the new school year, including some in Colorado and Alabama. Teachers in these articles share what they'll do during the total solar eclipse, including watching the event on television.
Chalkbeat (8/15),  Chalkbeat/Colorado (8/15),  WHNT-TV (Huntsville, Ala.) (8/16),  Education Week (tiered subscription model) (8/16) 
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"Shows teachers how to bring history alive within their classrooms...a wonderful resource." —Ken Burns. Take the Journey gives you engaging, classroom-tested lessons focused on the 180-mile National Heritage area from Gettysburg to Monticello. Use the teaching strategies to explore historical places in your own community. Preview the entire book!
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Technology & Connected Learning
How interactive tech can boost learning
Students are 3.4 times more likely to succeed in classes where technologies that support group learning and collaboration are used, according to a study from SMART Technologies. Such interactive technologies, the researchers found, can contribute to improved social and emotional development and student confidence.
EdTech online (8/15) 
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Middle Grades Leadership
Ukulele studied by teachers in arts program
Ukulele studied by teachers in arts program
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Some California elementary- and middle-school educators recently participated in a four-day program to learn how to integrate arts -- and the ukulele -- into the core curriculum. The teachers learned how to play the ukulele and were encouraged to play the instrument during academic lessons.
Times-Standard (Eureka, Calif.) (8/15) 
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MiddleWeb's bloggers and guest writers go back to school!
At MiddleWeb central in North Carolina, late summer brings fresh back-to-school ideas from our outstanding bloggers and expert guest writers. July and August have overflowed with teacher wisdom we want to share in one, easy-to-access post. We'll add more articles as they arrive! Read on.
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Review: A rich and resource-filled guide to developing SEL skills
In "Teaching Kids to Thrive," Debbie Silver and Dedra Stafford provide a book full of research and resources that craftily ties together the theories and research on vital, overlapping SEL skills. Special education teacher-coach Laura Von Staden calls it a "supreme guide" for educators. Read more.
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Review: A book of shapes to build math understanding
Each student Amy Estersohn shared the book "Which One Doesn't Belong" with spent time lost deep in thought among the geometric images and was able to articulate a reasonable explanation for why a shape didn't belong. The teacher's guide provided by author Christopher Danielson can help build math discussion. Read more.
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