How to Teach the Human Body and 16 Sites to Help

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For many, study of the human body starts in second grade with an introduction to what’s inside that stretchy, durable skin that coats our bodies. There are also lots of teacher resources to help in using this unit such as lesson plans, training, and academic standards met. An easier version — and well-suited to elementary age students — is Find My Body Parts. Each is three-five minutes and aimed at elementary age students.

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4 keys to supporting college and career readiness

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Our efforts seem to be paying off, as all of our elementary and middle schools are rated by the state as either “shows progress” or “excels” in terms of reading and math achievement. Be sure all students meet rigorous academic standards. A new generation of state standards has been designed to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for college and a career.

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Age of Learning’s Latest Is a $100 Million Educational Game

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That’s roughly how much Age of Learning estimates it will have spent by the end of this year on “ Adventure Academy ,” a multiplayer online game to teach elementary- and middle-school age children subjects including math, social studies and language arts. Learning activities in Adventure Academy (Screenshot: Tony Wan) The curriculum, built by a team of more than 40 experts, covers roughly 100 topics across English language arts, math, science and social studies subjects.

Making Is Great Because It’s Chaotic. But Not Everyone Is Looking for Chaos.

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Elementary school educators were more likely than secondary school educators to allow students relatively unstructured time to experiment with physical materials, often in the form of manipulatives. “Messy.”

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

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These tools help us identify and then address -- through intervention or enrichment -- individual students' needs around each of the major academic standards. A recent study within a number of school districts, including the Middletown City School District, showed significantly greater academic growth in blended learning versus traditional classes. But follow-up studies showed a bigger problem.

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How to Qualify Online Tutoring Services

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However, as parents how and when can you determine if your child needs extra help in their studies? However, if they are from a different country try to find out if that country’s educational system and academic standard is the same or at par with your own country. At some point in your child’s education journey, you’re going to feel the need for tutoring. Riley Patterson, one of our Ask a Tech Teacher team has experience with this.

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Less Is More: 4 Strategies To Streamline Your Curriculum

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One important point is that the standards require more depth and less breadth. Meeting these standards can be done by doing less, not more. First, let’s look at what the standards mean by more “depth.” The problem is there simply is not enough time to spend days or weeks studying one topic unless changes are made. With integrated curriculum, elementary school teachers no longer need to carve out specific times for reading, social studies, and science.

KinderLab Robotics Announces New KIBO Guidebook to Enhance STEAM Education

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Each lesson includes facilitation suggestions, materials lists, center setup, and academic standards alignment. Each lesson plan provides specific setup suggestions, facilitation tips, and information on addressing cross-curricular connections and academic standards. KinderLab offers a complete suite of teaching materials that help integrate STEAM elements into a wide range of curricula, including art, cultural studies, and reading literacy.

How to boost math skills in the early grades

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Small-group math work at Prairie Oak Elementary in Berwyn North School District 98 where, two years ago, just 14 percent of third-graders were able to do grade-level math. Although Illinois adopted Common Core standards in 2010, Berwyn North, a kindergarten through eighth-grade district with 3,084 students , had not yet incorporated the standards when Ayala and her new assistant superintendent, Amy Zaher, were hired in 2012.

This STEM-focused district hands out paychecks along with report cards

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Their work is a version of what educators call project-based learning, which means gaining knowledge by solving problems rather than by studying textbooks. Garcia and the scientists wanted to study conditions on the 300-foot-deep lakebed where the frogs live to see if changes there were responsible for the species’ dramatic decline. “We A fourth-grader makes a puppet while his teammate works on writing a script at Mountain View Elementary School in Longmont, Colo.

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How State Reform in New Hampshire Led to Teacher Autonomy

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But at Memorial Elementary School , one of two elementary schools in New Hampshire’s Sanborn Regional School District , administrators and teachers are given the freedom to experiment with cutting-edge ideas not in spite of district and state guidelines, but because of them. Two recent state initiatives are defining a set of non academic work habits that contribute to student success , and developing a statewide performance-based assessment system.

How to help principals do a better job? Train their bosses

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Dressed in suits and armed with pens, notebooks, and laptops, the superintendents had one specific goal as they fanned out across the classroom, interacting with students: to look for evidence that a geometry lesson was aligned to the new state math standards. Principals can also be critical in retaining effective teachers: one study found that teacher turnover rates increased when there was a change in principals.

High schools fail to provide legally required education to students with disabilities

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Their disabilities shouldn’t keep them from achieving the same standards as their peers — and experts estimate that up to 90 percent of students with disabilities are capable of graduating high school fully prepared to tackle college or a career if they receive proper support along the way. Rather than being challenged, he was allowed to use a teacher-made study guide while taking exams at his California high school.

How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades

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Although Illinois adopted Common Core standards in 2010, Berwyn North, a kindergarten through eighth-grade district with 3,084 students , had not yet incorporated the standards when Ayala and her new assistant superintendent, Amy Zaher, were hired in 2012. One way the district is applying this standard is via “number talks,” a math practice that encourages students to discuss and critique math solutions, helping kids develop into flexible and creative mathematical thinkers.

Is teacher preparation failing students with disabilities?

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Although she earned a bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate in math instruction for both elementary and middle school, she never had to take a class about students with disabilities. A study in 2007 found that general education teachers in a teacher preparation program reported taking an average of 1.5 A 2009 study concluded that no one explicitly shows teachers how to teach to “different needs.”

13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years

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The elementary school might evolve. In 2013, most elementary schools are simply diminutive high schools, with a balance of reading, writing, mathematics, geography, and other “core” skills, while character training supplements academic work. As society evolves at a more rapid pace than ever, literacy is changing, and elementary schools must respond in kind—with literacy not as a goal, but its sole purpose: Reading, writing, and emerging critical thinking skills.

A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined

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completion of a minimum course of study, content mastery, proficiency on college- and career-ready assessments, etc.) that include rigorous, robust, and well-rounded curriculum aligned with college- and career-ready standards (as defined in this document) that cover a wide range of academic and technical knowledge and skills to ensure that students leave high school ready for college and careers. College- and career-ready standards.

Closing gap for immigrant students under Common Core in Kentucky is a moving target

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As is often the case, there was singing going on in Room 2 of Kenwood Elementary one Friday afternoon. A burgeoning population in Kentucky of students who are learning English combined with the adoption of more rigorous standards means efforts like Ogbe’s are ever more important. Strong language skills are key as part of the state’s Common Core standards. It said JCPS should “create a clear vision for the academic progress” for these students.

After years of neglect, Mississippi takes baby steps to boost school readiness

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I think we took for granted before what 4-year-olds were capable of doing,” said Quitman Lower Elementary Principal Amanda Allen, listing some skills the youngest learners are impressing her with: advanced vocabularies, number recognition, self-motivation. “It’s Wright and pre-K advocates argue that more investment in early education via programs like that at Quitman could put kids on a stronger academic path at an early age. In 2017, Mississippi met nine of those 10 standards.

Can Common Core reading tests ever be fair?

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Esteves, age 10, is a fourth-grader at Roberto Clemente Elementary School in Newark, N.J., This put the small school and its 494 students in the 8th percentile of elementary schools in the state of New Jersey. The Common Core standards, a set of English and math guidelines adopted by more than 40 states, challenge many commonly held beliefs — including how best to teach children to read. Claudia Pinheiro, a fourth-grade teacher at Roberto Clemente Elementary School in Newark.

Does Common Core Ask Too Much of Kindergarten Readers?

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For states adopting Common Core, the standards apply to kindergarten, laying out what students should be able to do by the end of the grade.* Carlsson-Paige is professor emerita of education at Lesley University and co-author of the study “Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose,” which criticizes the Common Core standards for kindergarten. That pressure can mean more focus on academics, at the sacrifice of play time.

Charters felt pressured to promise miraculous progress — but none met the targets

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In 2008, a few years after Hurricane Katrina, school officials in Louisiana asked aspiring charter-school leader Andrew Shahan to consider taking over the failing Dr. Charles Drew Elementary School in New Orleans’ Upper 9th Ward. About one-third of applications were either unavailable for review or failed to include clear numerical academic goals. She expected much more than ‘You’re going to meet state standards,’” he said.

Virginia district launches summer kindergarten readiness initiative

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It has helped millions of students worldwide to improve their reading and writing skills, master increasingly rigorous academic standards, and prepare for high-stakes assessments. “We We are looking forward to building on our partnership of success with Virginia Beach City Public Schools and supporting their goal of ensuring that every student can achieve a high standard of academic performance and growth,” said Saki Dodelson, CEO and founder of Achieve3000. “We