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1. Sixth-grade teacher lets vision board guide teaching journey

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

In her personal life, sixth-grade literacy teacher Rhonda Stewart often creates vision boards that reflect her dreams, aspirations and goals. In this blog post, she describes how she used this technique to create a vision board to direct her teaching journey for the upcoming school year. Scholastic.com (05/22)


2. Mo. middle school turns library into makerspace

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

A Missouri middle school is transforming its library into a creative play space or makerspace. The overhaul includes expanding students' access to digital materials and collaborative spaces, but librarians say students still will have access to books. Springfield News-Leader (Mo.) (tiered subscription model) (05/25)


3. Mich. middle-school students blend art, literature

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Middle-school students in Michigan recently brought literature to life through chalk murals as part of an annual contest. Some students said their goal was to relay a feeling about the book of their choice through their art. MLive.com (Michigan) (free registration) (05/26)


4. Using augmented reality programs to help students learn

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

Augmented reality programs are gaining steam in K-12 education. This article focuses, in part, on a program that blends virtual and hands-on science education -- known as EcoMobile -- that was developed by Harvard University researchers and is being piloted at a middle school in Massachusetts. The Hechinger Report (05/27)


5. Six useful tips from a co-teaching chameleon

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Whether you find yourself moving from one co-teaching situation to the next or being placed in a co-teaching situation for the first time, veteran special educator Michele Simonetty has six useful pieces of advice that can help co-teachers create a successful learning community in inclusion classrooms. Read more.


6. Reinvent summer learning with maker projects

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

STEM by Design blogger Anne Jolly knows summertime can be productive learning time. In this letter to parents and caregivers, Anne shares fun ideas about Maker projects that encourage curiosity, creativity, persistence and teamwork, all important STEM skills. Resource links included. Read more.


7. Teacher develops Cyber Civics curriculum for middle grades

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | May 29, 2015

A California teacher has developed the curriculum for a three-year weekly program called Cyber Civics, designed to teach middle-grades students the skills they need in a digital world. The curriculum includes lessons on being respectful online, using online resources appropriately, and developing best practices when posting information and photos online. The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) (05/28)


8. N.J. 6th-graders showcase engineering skills for NASA

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | May 29, 2015

Sixth-grade students in New Jersey were among seven classes nationwide selected to demonstrate their solutions to engineering problems during an Internet showcase held by NASA and the U.S. Department of Education. The team focused on slowing down a Mars lander, and detailed their successes and setbacks. The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.) (tiered subscription model) (05/28)


9. Okla. 7th-graders learn by doing in outdoor lab

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

Seventh-grade students at an Oklahoma middle school are learning science in an outdoor lab known as the Exploratorium. Educators say students learn by doing in the lab that includes a greenhouse, fruit trees, stream, butterfly garden, hummingbird garden and chicken coop. The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (05/26)


10. The glories of a year-round school calendar

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Given the choice, says middle grades teacher and PD consultant Bill Ferriter, "I will never work on a traditional school calendar again." Since his fast-growing district shifted to a no-summers-off schedule seven years ago, Ferriter finds himself "more focused and productive as a practitioner," more rested, and better able to pursue professional opportunities beyond the classroom. Read more.




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