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1. Ideas for using poetry in language arts

NCLE SmartBrief | Jun 24, 2015

Poetry is a versatile medium that fits into different lessons in the language arts and reading classroom, educator Lisa Monthie writes in this blog post. She describes several lesson ideas, including a way to get to know students and model texts for analyzing grammar. Edutopia.org (06/23)


2. Team-building activity helps boost emotional intelligence

NCLE SmartBrief | Jun 25, 2015

A three-step exercise can help develop emotional intelligence and strengthen relationships among members of collaborative groups, writes former educator and professional-development expert Gayle Allen. In this blog post, she explains the activity, which includes three levels with a range of 20 to 45 minutes that can be tailored to class needs, time constraints and for adults or students. KQED.org (06/22)


3. Alaska 8th-graders challenged by expectations, texts in summer school

NCLE SmartBrief | Jun 25, 2015

Educators at a summer-school program in Alaska credit having high expectations for engaging a group of mixed-ability eighth-graders in challenging literacy projects. Among other things, students are reading the young-adult version of "Omnivore's Dilemma," debating the merits of the author's argument and creating group presentations on the material. Alaska Public Media (06/23)


4. How to bring out creativity in a standards-based environment

NCLE SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

It's still possible to integrate creativity into classroom lessons while also preparing students for standardized tests, asserts Nicholas Provenzano, a high-school English teacher. In this blog post, he shares his favorite strategies, including open-ended projects that are successful because students are "given the chance to explore and present in a way that's meaningful to them," he writes. Edutopia.org (06/25)


5. Fla. summer camp integrates literacy, science for K-3 students

NCLE SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

A Florida school district is using its federal Title I funds to hold a summer school to bolster young students' literacy and science skills. More than 1,000 students entering kindergarten through third grade are taking courses that teach reading skills through science lessons. Bradenton Herald (Fla.) (06/29)


6. Teacher shares tips for using technology for small groups

NCLE SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Technology can help students learn in small group settings, according to Tracey Dunn, a kindergarten teacher at Hopkins Elementary School in Mentor, Ohio. In this blog post, she describes how her students rotate among four stations. "The mix of teacher instruction and high quality digital content has brought together the best of both worlds," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (06/23)


7. N.Y. school uses theater in language-arts lessons

NCLE SmartBrief | Jun 25, 2015

A New York elementary school is using theater to teach literacy and vocabulary while meeting language-arts goals under the Common Core State Standards. Educators say the approach has been particularly beneficial for English-language learners, who create their own plays. The Hechinger Report (06/23)


8. On writing in science

NCLE SmartBrief | Jun 25, 2015

In this article, Sandra K. Abell reflects, "Why use writing in science? Many teachers use writing in science as a recording tool (science notebooks) or to find out what students have learned (constructed response tests). Yet writing experts Judith Langer and Arthur Applebee (1987) tell us that writing to evaluate knowledge and skills is only one of several purposes for writing. According to their framework, writing in science classrooms can also: 1) draw on prior knowledge to prepare for new activities, 2) foster new learning, 3) consolidate and review ideas, and 4) reformulate and extend knowledge." Read on.


9. Tips for developing effective teams

NCLE SmartBrief | Jun 24, 2015

Effective teams can helps schools retain and sustain teachers, transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar writes. In this blog post, she shares five characteristics of effective teams. Edutopia.org (06/22)


10. Researchers examine what it takes to develop math skills

NCLE SmartBrief | Jun 25, 2015

An interest in math and recognition by a teacher or parent are more important for students to develop math skills than their inherent ability, according to a study. Researchers say educators should use a student's interests to engage them in math, and recognize their efforts to boost their confidence. PhysOrg.com (06/17)




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