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1. 3 keys to manage overwhelming end-of-the-year tasks

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

The end of the school year comes with many administrative and classroom tasks and duties, along with efforts to end the year with something special with students, writes Frank Buck, an author and former educator. He offers tips to avoid becoming overwhelmed by getting organized for the end of the year with filing systems, digital task lists and repeating task lists from past years. MiddleWeb (05/27)


2. Teacher shares end-of-year resources

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

The end of the school year can become hectic, writes Illinois fourth-grade teacher Lindsey Petlak. In this blog post, she suggests resources and activities to help wrap up the school year and get a leg up on the summer and the next school year. Scholastic.com (05/26)


3. NBCT: How to use critical thinking in math lessons

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Students need to think like mathematicians and discover math formulas for themselves, writes National Board Certified Teacher Alicia Farmer, who teaches fifth-grade math in Washington state. In this blog post, she outlines an exercise she created in which students use their critical-thinking skills to critique a formula and shares how it fostered rich class discussions. Teaching Channel (05/22)


4. Tips to encourage students to read, avoid summer slide

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | May 29, 2015

Students should be encouraged to read during the summer for fun and to avoid summer learning loss, third-grade teacher Genia Connell writes. In this blog post, she shares 10 ways she keeps her students motivated, including reading scavenger hunts, reading bingo and book blogs. Scholastic.com (05/27)


5. "Co-teaching chameleon" offers advice to co-teachers

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Special educator and co-teacher Michele Simonetty has co-taught in various situations with 10 general-education teachers spanning 10 years. Because of her experiences, Simonetty refers to herself as a "co-teaching chameleon" and offers six pieces of advice for current and future co-teachers. MiddleWeb (05/24)


6. School poverty may lower educators' job satisfaction, survey finds

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Job satisfaction among educators teaching in some low-income schools in Florida is lower than job satisfaction among educators who teach in schools in more affluent areas, according to a recent survey. Data show high-poverty schools more often are staffed with newer teachers who can face a higher rate of challenges, such as student behavioral problems and low parent engagement. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (05/24)


7. Partnership helps Mass. schools close reading achievement gap

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

About 40 schools in Massachusetts have overhauled how they teach reading in an effort to close achievement gaps. Educators say a partnership with the nonprofit Bay State Reading Institute is paying off, in part, because frequent assessments have been used to evaluate and encourage progress by students. The Christian Science Monitor (05/26)


8. Why visual arts is still necessary in today's schools

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

A push to expand arts education into science, technology, engineering and math has led to the momentum to turn STEM into STEAM, said Christine Marme Thompson, professor and director of the Penn State School of Visual Arts' Art Education program. "The visual arts are a powerful language for communicating concepts and theories in any field, both during the process of being developed and once they are finished 'products' to be shared with others," she said. PhysOrg.com (05/25)


9. Data show increase in childhood poverty in U.S.

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | May 29, 2015

There has been a 6% increase in childhood poverty from 2000 to 2013 -- with about 1 in every 5 U.S. schoolchildren living below the federal poverty line -- according to data released by the U.S. Department of Education. The highest rate of poverty for children ages 5 to 17 was found in the South at 23%. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (05/28)


10. How teacherpreneurs affect the classroom

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

The rise of the teacherpreneur may be ushering in a new era in education, middle-grades teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron writes. In this blog post, she describes teacherpreneurs and asserts they are "first and foremost, imaginative teachers." Edutopia.org (05/27)




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