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1. Educator shares advice for using 3D printers in the classroom

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

Educator Vicki Davis in this blog post shares 17 tips she learned during her first year integrating a 3D printer in classroom lessons. She advises teachers to take advantage of video instructions, be close to the printer while it is printing and let students work with software they are comfortable using. Edutopia.org (06/29)


2. How educators can use technology to meet Common Core State Standards

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

Common Core State Standards give educators the flexibility they need to incorporate a variety of technology in their classrooms, writes educator Monica Burns. In this blog post, she outlines several ways to engage students through multimedia to boost math and language skills, including writing their own math problems and using applications to practice math skills. Edutopia.org (07/01)


3. How teachers can use summer break to reflect and recalibrate

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Teachers should use the summer break to relax, reflect and thoughtfully consider changes they want to make next semester, according to educator William Tolley. In this blog post, he asserts that teachers should work on changing habits one at a time and offers a process to do so. Center for Teaching Quality (06/29)


4. Are larger class sizes affecting teacher retention?

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

Budget cuts to school districts nationwide have caused them to reduce staff positions and -- as a result -- drive up class sizes. Educators and experts say this trend could affect student learning, and data show that larger class sizes also could be driving some teachers out of the profession. The Atlantic online (07/01)


5. How teachers can tap into students' "lived experiences"

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

Teachers can tap into students' "lived experiences" to engage them in academic lessons, Edutopia's consulting online editor, Rebecca Alber, writes in this blog post. Also known as "culturally responsive teaching," she asserts that including students' lives in lessons can help them make connections between real life and the material they are learning. Edutopia.org (06/30)


6. Using a "holistic" approach to STEM to improve student performance

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

Educators need to work together to blend science, technology, engineering and math skills into other core subjects, such as English, experts said this week at the 2015 U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference in San Diego. A more fluent approach, the educators say, can help students learn valuable career skills such as problem-solving and critical thinking. U.S. News & World Report (06/30)


7. How one teacher connects Common Core math to the real world

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

Common Core State Standards in math can help students make connections between the problems they solve in class and real-world uses for the skills they're learning, North Carolina high-school math teacher Nicole Smith writes in this blog post. She gives examples of how she's used scavenger hunts, mnemonic devices and projects to increase learning and creativity. Center for Teaching Quality (06/29)


8. 12 teachers worldwide reflect on classroom leadership

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

In this article, 12 teacher bloggers worldwide reflect on ways that teachers can demonstrate leadership in the classroom. Karen Lirenman from Canada suggests sharing best practices, tips, curricula and more with other educators via social media. The Huffington Post (06/26)


9. Principal: How educators can help students like school

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

Educators should adopt a growth mindset and consider how they can reach students who don't like school, rather than just ask if they can teach them, principal Kyle Hoopes writes in this blog post. Hoopes suggests trying innovative teaching practices -- from Genius Hours to differentiated instruction -- to develop students' inner desire to learn. Connected Principals blog (06/29)


10. NBCTs reflect on what it means to be teacherpreneurs

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

National Board Certified Teachers Ali Wright and Jessica Cuthbertson reflect on their own experiences as teacherpreneurs in this blog post. "Effective teachers have the opportunity to hone their craft over countless hours of professional learning, reflection and teaching experience. Great teachers are not 'born,' and the same goes for effective leaders," Wright said. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (06/30)




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