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1. Teacher shares spring-cleaning tips, must-haves

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Now is a great time for teachers to doing some spring cleaning and get a "fresh start," fourth-grade teacher Lindsey Petlak writes. In this blog post, she shares some of her tips and those of fellow teachers for getting the classroom organized and cleaned for spring. (03/25)

2. Teachers share how they use Google in classroom lessons

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Mar 24, 2015

Google can be an invaluable classroom teaching tool, according to a group of Google Certified Teachers who presented recently at the Annual CUE 2015 conference. Among other things, teachers shared how they use Google Docs, Google Slides and Ngram Viewer, a graphing tool that "takes all the literature Google has chronicled and picks out the words [you search for] and gives you some trends about them." eSchool News (free registration) (03/24)

3. What keeps teachers coming back to the classroom?

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

Educators often face many challenges, such as long hours, low pay and high-stakes testing accountability, and yet, many teachers still choose to stay in the classroom. This article explores some of the reasons teachers stay, highlighting nine teacher responses to the question. National Public Radio (03/21)

4. Educator uses poetry for lessons about "voice" in writing

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Mar 20, 2015

Poetry is a good way to teach students about "voice" in writing, sixth-grade literacy teacher Rhonda Stewart shares in this blog post. Stewart offers ideas and resources about the role of the voice in writing, such as the Dear Poet project, which Stewart modified for her classroom. (03/20)

5. Teacher uses game-show formats to engage students

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Mar 23, 2015

Using a game show and buzzers in reading and math lessons is an easy -- and effective -- way to keep students engaged, kindergarten teacher Brian Smith writes in this blog post. Smith notes that using simple game-show tools such as buzzers can energize students while helping to build confidence. (03/23)

6. Why every project-based lesson needs a hook

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Mar 25, 2015

Every project-based lesson needs a hook to quickly engage students, asserts Bob Lenz, co-founder and chief of innovation at Envision Education. In this blog post, he shares best practices and resources, plus shows how a project on political campaign ads hooked students. (03/24)

7. Why PD might be better viewed as "personal learning"

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Mar 20, 2015

"Professional development" may not be the best term to describe continuous learning among educators, Fred Ende, assistant director of curriculum and instructional services for the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES in New York, writes in this blog post. He suggests a personal-learning model instead and shares how his regional council makes it work. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (03/19)

8. Why the education of the future may be flipped

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Mar 19, 2015

Flipped instruction can help maximize class time, personalize learning, excite students and teachers and build 21st-century skills, said education consultant and author Kathleen Fulton. She recently shared ways that flipped instruction can change learning. EdTech magazine online (03/17)

9. What coaches need to know when working with teachers

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Mar 19, 2015

Instructional coaches should communicate with teachers in ways that help build partnerships, educators Kenneth McKee and Emily Davis write in this blog post. They also suggest coaches learn how to ask the right questions and end the use of all-or-nothing statements. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (03/17)

10. Political fight on Common Core leads to testing woes in Mich.

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Mar 19, 2015

Political battles on the Common Core State Standards in the Michigan Legislature have students facing three state exams in three years. This and other political issues, highlighted in this article, have created uncertainty and concern for teachers and students. Hechinger Report, The (03/18)

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