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1. Educator: 6 tips to enrich relationships with students

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | Dec 23, 2014

Effective educators treat discipline as a content-area skill that requires support and instruction, principal Sam LeDeaux writes in this blog post. LeDeaux shares six steps educators can take to create stronger relationships with students. Connected Principals blog (12/22)

2. Educator suggests quick online resources for winter break

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | Dec 23, 2014

The winter holiday break offers time for educators to browse websites for instructional ideas and professional development, educator Sarah Brown Wessling writes in this blog post. In addition to a list of sites that she likes, Wessling also writes how her discovery of the Humans of New York blog launched a classroom project to have students write biographical anecdotes about classmates. Teaching Channel (12/19)

3. 3 co-teaching traditions to nurture and celebrate

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | Dec 23, 2014

If you share teaching responsibilities in an inclusion classroom, teaching coach Elizabeth Stein suggests you take time over the winter holidays to reflect on the three traditions of successful co-teaching partnerships -- communication, respect and persistence -- and resolve to nurture them in the New Year. Read more.

4. Food drive offers lessons in math, writing

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | Dec 23, 2014

Students at a Nebraska middle school honed their math and writing skills while collecting 1 million calories of food to donate to The Salvation Army. The students learned about statistics, percentages and averages and wrote reports and news articles about the project. Kearney Hub (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (12/22)

5. A MiddleWeb celebration of teachers

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | Dec 23, 2014

In a season filled with celebrations, MiddleWeb celebrates teachers by sharing some insights into the teaching life, offered by our bloggers and guest writers in some favorite posts. We give special attention to "Teaching with Heart," the book that pairs teacher essays and poems that capture the essence of educators. We also highlight the special strengths of STEM teachers, the joy of inclusion classes and teachers' lasting influence on students who pass through their classrooms. Read more.

6. Ky. district encourages fathers, grandfathers, male volunteers in school

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | Dec 23, 2014

A Kentucky school district has almost doubled the number of schools participating in the national Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program. Under the program, educators encourage fathers, grandfathers and other men in the community to volunteer in the classroom, providing positive role models for students. Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.) (tiered subscription model), The (12/20)

7. Arts included in STEM lessons, clubs for Ariz. students

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | Dec 23, 2014 (Phoenix) (12/22)

8. Community outreach helps Wash. district extend wireless

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | Dec 23, 2014

Community-based kiosks are helping a Washington state school district keep students connected after school hours. The initiative seeks to create equal access to technology in a district where more than 11,000 notebook devices have been distributed to students. EdTech magazine online (12/19)

9. In the time we have it is surely our duty to do all the good we can to all the people we can in all the ways we can.

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | Dec 23, 2014

William Barclay,
Scottish author

10. Middle-grades leaders: Review a leadership book this winter

MiddleWeb SmartBrief | Dec 23, 2014

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