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1. Why the summer reading list might need an update

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Some librarians and teachers suggest offering students more choices, diversity and contemporary works for summer reading that complement literary themes of the upcoming school year. Some research focuses on reading during the summer break, rather than on specific types of books, to develop literacy skills. School Library Journal (04/15)

2. Should history be taught thematically or chronologically?

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2015

Schools nationwide differ in the teaching of history, with some taking a thematic approach and others choosing a chronological one. In this blog post, educator Sarah Cooper writes that she isn't sure which is better, but she explains why she chooses a thematic approach, though the method results in some critical points in history being missed. MiddleWeb (04/19)

3. Teacher: Give students time, choice as writers, readers

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2015

The most powerful classroom innovation of her 40-year career is not about technology, teacher Nancie Atwell writes in this commentary. Instead, Atwell -- who won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize given last month -- said giving her students time and choice as writers and readers is motivating and has a difference in her classroom. Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The (04/16)

4. Mich. school's indoor farming project grows

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

Students in a Michigan elementary school have developed a classroom farming curriculum to share with peers in other schools. To promote the curriculum, students created the Student Good Food Charter, part of the Student Food Council of America, a student organization with 54 million members nationwide. (Michigan) (free registration) (04/13)

5. Teacher's effort to get to know students goes viral

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Apr 20, 2015

Colorado elementary-school teacher Kyle Schwartz gave her students a writing assignment to get to know them. She asked them to complete the sentence "I wish my teacher knew...," an assignment that has gone viral. The responses have given Schwartz a look inside the lives of her students, most from families with low incomes. Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The (04/17)

6. Unanimous approval from Senate education committee on NCLB rewrite

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2015

A bill to rewrite No Child Left Behind was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate's education committee on Thursday. The full Senate is expected to debate the bill later this spring. "We've never been able to get it to the floor, because we've not really agreed on anything. This time it's different," said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The (04/16)

7. NBCT offers tips to help teachers stay focused under pressure

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

The pace of the school year often accelerates for teachers and students, even as the school year draws to a close, writes Elizabeth Stein, a special education/UDL instructional coach, new-teacher mentor and National Board Certified Teacher. In this blog post, Stein suggests five ways to help teachers pause and take time to find balance and focus. MiddleWeb (04/12)

8. Ideas on creating classroom guides for substitute teachers

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2015

Educators should create plans for substitute teachers by looking at their classroom from the perspective of someone unfamiliar with the students, sixth-grade literacy teacher Rhonda Stewart writes in this blog post. She describes how she structures her substitute-teacher folder, and provides links and photographs to some of the documents she includes. (04/17)

9. Calif. school uses cloud technology to keep students on task

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

One California middle school is using Google technology to collect homework and keep students on task. Students submit their homework through Google Drive's cloud-based storage, and teachers use Google Classroom to create, distribute and grade classwork, as well as interact with students in real time. Appeal-Democrat (Marysville-Yuba City, Calif.) (04/14)

10. Which tech tools can be used to enhance professional learning?

Accomplished Teacher® by SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Using digital devices for professional learning and development can help educators become more masterful learners, education specialist Curtis Chandler writes. Chandler suggests five tech tools, including Twitter and Flipboard, that can help teachers gain knowledge, skills and understanding. MiddleWeb (04/14)

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