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1. Using the Oscars, Super Bowl to teach media literacy

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Jan 28, 2015

The upcoming Academy Awards and the Super Bowl offer opportunities for classroom teachers and librarians to use the popular events to teach media literacy, asserts high-school teacher-librarian Joyce Valenza. In this blog post, she offers tips and resources to help teachers integrate the events into the classroom. School Library Journal (01/27)


2. Wis. middle students succeed with RtI, data-driven teaching

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Jan 26, 2015

Response-to-intervention specialists at a Wisconsin middle school use computer software and data-driven teaching and learning to help students succeed. The school has adopted strategic scheduling, in which students are placed in classes based on test performance to receive additional attention. Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wis.) (tiered subscription model) (01/26)


3. Educator: Pleasure in learning should be encouraged in the classroom

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Jan 27, 2015

Teachers should build on students' joy to make the learning process a more pleasurable experience, writes Susan Engel, who teaches psychology and directs the Program in Teaching at Williams College. In this article, Engel writes that for students to learn, "you have to help the child find pleasure in learning -- to see school as a source of joy." Atlantic online, The (01/26)


4. Teacher: 3 ways to encourage student communication

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Jan 29, 2015

Communication and collaboration are emphasized with the Common Core State Standards, California teacher Kriscia Cabral writes in this blog post. She notes three approaches she uses with her second- and third-grade students, including book talks, in which they discuss a recently finished book with a peer, a teacher or another adult. Scholastic.com (01/29)


5. How an educator cut tech use to 7 applications, software programs

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Jan 29, 2015

Educator William Tolley accepted a challenge to narrow technology to use a maximum of seven applications or key software items after realizing that the bulk of teachers' professional development was focused on new mobile applications and technology. In this blog post, Tolley shares the parameters he used to make choices for technology. Center for Teaching Quality (01/29)


6. What are some big ideas to improve teaching, learning?

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Jan 26, 2015

Education has reached a turning point, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Abbott says education is facing the challenge of how to prepare students for an interconnected world. This blog post highlights ideas for putting students in the driver's seat. KQED.org (01/22)


7. How to use Super Bowl ads in lessons about informational texts

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Jan 26, 2015

Super Bowl commercials offer examples of popular culture "texts" that students can analyze and study as part of their lessons about informational texts, media-literacy expert Frank Baker writes in this commentary. He presents several ideas and links to resources that allow students to study the advertisements before and after the game. MiddleWeb (01/25)


8. Why low-tech teaching still has a place in the classroom

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Jan 29, 2015

It is possible for teachers to become too reliant on technology in the classroom, high-school teacher Raleigh Werberger suggests. In this blog post, he shares ways he has used low-tech methods to teach thinking skills to students, including one exercise in which he substituted Post-It notes for Google Docs. Edutopia.org (01/28)


9. Do drills enhance learning?

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Jan 27, 2015

Digital technology makes it easier for teachers to "drill" students on all types of information, assert professors Cathie Norris and Elliot Soloway. In this blog post, they write that drills have a place in the classroom but are not appropriate for all information. T.H.E. Journal (01/26)


10. Wise: Future of education is being decided now

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Jan 28, 2015

The education decisions being made in the next few years are likely to affect students for the next 20 years, said Bob Wise, president of the nonprofit Alliance for Excellent Education. Wise -- a keynote speaker at the recent FETC conference in Florida -- told attendees, "the real importance in the next two to three years is planning for that future." T.H.E. Journal (01/27)




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