Open Badges in Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

Some elementary classrooms are using self-directed badges for competency acquisition by students. On April 26, celebrate PowerofEcon on Twitter with Discovery Education, CME Group, and their Econ Essentials Program. Open Badges in Elementary School.

5 Formative Assessment Strategies to Help with Classroom Management

The CoolCatTeacher

Teacher Mike Roberts give five strategies that can help us with formative assessment AND classroom management. 5 Formative Assessment Strategies to Help with Classroom Management. Now, Mike, you have five ideas for us today, to do formative assessments.

Next Generation Learning: Elementary School

Neo LMS

In our third and final blog in our series on the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) we’ll explore successes in the elementary school context. Read our previous blog posts on Assessments and Personalization for the bigger picture. Next Generation Learning: Elementary School.

Emphasize Flexibility and Adaptability When Grouping Students

edWeb.net

The gifted group. The slow group. The behavioral issues group. Grouping in schools fell out of favor partially because educators—and parents—felt like kids were getting labeled and that groupings didn’t help students improve. before they assign group work.

Differentiate and Personalize Literacy Instruction for Your Elementary Classroom!

Kleinspiration

While students are working independently in the online activities, Lexia’s embedded assessment system, Assessment Without Testing®, provides educators with actionable, norm and criteria-referenced performance data without interrupting the flow of instruction to administer a test.

Alan November Shares A Mind Blowing New Idea in Assessment

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Alan November @globalearner shares an assessment idea that is gaining steam. In today’s ThoughtLeader Thursday, start thinking about this new idea in assessment. Want to hear another episode on assessment? Information and links on this assessment idea.

Four tips from a successful elementary school

The Hechinger Report

In this file photo, a student at a Mississippi elementary school reads during class. Kathleen Grigsby principal of Davis Magnet World IB Elementary School, spoke to The Hechinger Report about student success at the school, particularly with early literacy.

Figuring out flexibility in an elementary classroom

The Christensen Institute

” In retrospect, 5th-grade teacher Diane Johnson laments the lack of diversity of students’ experiences in her first blended-learning classroom at Orr Elementary School. She started off her class with a whole-group lesson, then moved students through three different 15-minute stations—one station was the adaptive assessment and instructional tool i-Ready, another was math games, and a third was independent work based on the lesson.

How to Promote Deeper Learning with the 4 Shifts

The CoolCatTeacher

Her many areas of expertise include deeper thinking with technology, authentic learning, curriculum design, and performance tasks and assessments.

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Will New Standards Improve Elementary Science Education?

MindShift

Science could be considered the perfect elementary school subject. And that could be why just 38 percent fourth grade students performed at or above proficient on the latest National Assessment of Education Progress for science, which was administered in 2015.

Elementary School Wellness Program Helps Young Males of Color Cultivate Their Identities

Edsurge

Over the past three years, a group of elementary school students from Southeast Washington, D.C., Over time, the greater school community noticed how the institute’s work was impacting the kings and wanted to spread best practices around wellness from TBI across Stanton Elementary.

Amidst Opioid Addiction, Plummeting Morale, One Elementary School Reinvents Itself

Edsurge

When you enter Parker-Varney Elementary School, you are immediately struck by the relaxed atmosphere. Our second grade students in our 2/3 Band went from 29% proficient in September 2016 to 77% proficient in June 2017 on i-Ready reading assessments. Across Parker-Varney Elementary, teachers focus on what can work rather than on what is not working. They bring their creations to their peers in a calibration/feedback group before or after school.

The Pedagogy of Blended Learning

A Principal's Reflections

At the time the flipped approach was all the rage and best suited for the resources we had and the age group of our kids. Herein lies the impetus of the work at Wells Elementary schoo l the past two years. blended learning edtech pedagogy Wells Elementary School

22 Top Tips for Better Classroom Management

The CoolCatTeacher

Formative assessment is key. Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools is a helpful article that I wrote for Edutopia. Also see Better Teaching and Learning with Formative Assessment from Advancement Courses. Classroom management can be a challenge.

Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards and Flipgrid Reading Circles

The CoolCatTeacher

Laura: So I used to do literacy task boards on paper, which is basically — while I meet quickly a group for guided reading, this is what the rest of the students are doing — so there a lot of different choices on the choice board.

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Why I Use Edpuzzle: An Edpuzzle Review

The CoolCatTeacher

Assess the video. You might want to just use the statistics in the dashboard to see how students are watching and what they’ve done, but I love that it tells me how many questions I have to assess or grade.

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@Quizizz : Say Goodbye to Worksheets and Crosswords

The CoolCatTeacher

So when we got to Friday for the test – and I was teaching kind of a self-departmentalized; I had two groups of reading kids, so I had about 75 kids – and guess what; I didn’t give anybody less than a B. The other thing I like is it’s not whole group.

Metaverse for Augmented Reality: Program and Breakout in Augmented Reality

The CoolCatTeacher

One group made an augmented reality tour of the school. You can also bundle experiences into groups to use in scavenger hunts as well. A sponsored review of a tool I'm using to teach programming From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Goodbye ABCs: How One State is Moving Beyond Grade Levels and Graded Assessments

Edsurge

The term “grades” has become almost taboo among some educators in New Hampshire, where seven elementary schools are slowly ditching the word altogether through a program known as. The program—short for “no grades, no grades”—is hallmarked by the schools shifting to a more competency-based assessment structure and removal of grade levels. We don't talk about that [grades] anymore,” says Amy Allen, principal at Parker Varney Elementary, a NG2 school.

5 Ideas for Technology Stations

The CoolCatTeacher

Leslie Swanson-Anaya @InspiredLeslie elementary teacher of the year for Texas region 15 has ideas for awesome technology stations. Today’s Sponsor: GradeCam is a web-based tool that lets you customize assessments with multiple choice, true/false, number grids, rubrics, and more.

Sown to Grow: Nurturing a Growth Mindset Through Reflection

The CoolCatTeacher

In a ’17-’18 study conducted by an independent researcher at UCLA, middle school students using Sown To Grow earned significantly higher academic GPAs compared to a control group.

Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

03:39 Karen V: What I learned… I was privileged to go back for a second time as a study group leader to Project Zero a couple years after my initial experience there. Karen Vogelsang has taught elementary school in Memphis, Tennessee for fourteen years.

Active Learning in the Science Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Pretty soon, one group figured it out, and everybody else said, “Wait! Glen Westbroek on episode 271 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex

The CoolCatTeacher

And then when they’re in class with the teacher, the teacher can work with one student or a group of students or even the whole class — depending upon what they’re trying to get at — to help them better internalize the direct instruction they’ve been watching.

An Australian Math Classroom with iPads

The CoolCatTeacher

In today’s show, Tom Davidson discusses his workflow for teaching math to elementary students including: Why and how he uses Explain Everything. Listen to the episode “ Building Elementary Portfolios with SeeSaw “ Aurasma.

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Differentiated math instruction using Front Row: adaptive math for K-8 classrooms!

Kleinspiration

This is a huge deal - the fact Front Row can just do this automatically without any intervention from me frees up so much of my time to help my students individually and in small groups. I have started using a FREE new math program this spring called Front Row.

Groups partner for in-school news delivery

eSchool News

A new ed-tech partnership will provide daily news coverage integrated with in-text, leveled assessments to K-12 students. Every article includes three differentiated layers targeted to elementary, middle and high school reading levels so that each student can interact with the text.

Assessing Creative Writing Is Hard, So Here Are Three Ways To Avoid It

Edsurge

Whether it’s a group of retirees who cluster in the back of your corner coffee shop or the so-called Ponzi schemes of MFA programs like the famed Iowa Writers’ Workshop, assessment comes in the form of peer feedback—marginalia and discussion. As the educators I spoke with lamented, “the product is so hard to assess.” He avoids assessing creative writing altogether by assigning his students to write critical essays about their own short stories.

New Open Ed. Group Vows to Battle Commercial Publishers for K-12 Contracts

Marketplace K-12

The districts are the Sunnyside Unified School District in Arizona; Galt Joint Union Elementary School District in California; Buncombe County Schools in North Carolina; and the Evergreen Public Schools and the Tumwater School District in Washington state, according to Open Up Resources. Jay Diskey, the executive director of the PreK-12 learning group for the Association of American Publishers, said he couldn’t say whether the Open Up Resources effort will take off or stall.

How to make time for innovation

The Christensen Institute

Last month, I had the privilege of observing a gathering of Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) districts in Concord, N.H. As such, performance assessments can take more time and expertise to grade than simple multiple-choice tests with one “right answer.”

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Build a Solid Stem with @Science4UsSays: K-2 Online, Interactive Science

Kleinspiration

Science4Us: Overview Science4Us is a comprehensive web-based digital science curriculum for elementary students that includes all of the components necessary for teachers and parents to provide an exemplary science experience for all learners.

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Game Based Learning in Action

The CoolCatTeacher

On today’s show Matthew Farber, author of Game-Based Learning In Action: How an Expert Affinity Group Teaches with Games , talks about how to use games in the classroom effectively. What’s a “tribe” and what’s an “affinity group”? They design these assessments based on reflections.

Standout with these 5 Lesson Improvement Tips

Wisewire

While almost any lesson plan can be adapted for outdoor learning, science courses are an excellent place to start, particularly for elementary students. Knowing ahead of time how you plan to assess students on a given topic can be an incredibly valuable tool in lesson planning.

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7 Ways My Interactive Display is a Key Part of My Student-Centered Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

When we shift our focus from our individual screens to our group screen, it becomes a common experience. We have to be careful not to let one-to-one devices turn us into a classroom of individuals operating alone instead of remaining a group of students experiencing life and learning together.

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Michael Bloomberg on testing

Dangerously Irrelevant

like some of our elementary students do at testing time) If so, must be a fun place to work! The biggest threat to American might is not any one country or terrorist group. There’s no diagnostic value in locked-down summative assessments.

IT Coaches Leading Change in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Working with that group, I really found my tribe, and I really worked to explore and expand myself in a leadership role and helping other teachers in other districts build their own blended-learning capacities.

Trevor MacKenzie: 5 Ideas to Bring the Inquiry Mindset into Your Classroom Today

The CoolCatTeacher

And you know, to be honest, by having them be a part of those provocations — they can bring them in, we can bring them in — and then from there, we can connect to other plans that we have in our curriculum and with regards to our assessment, right?

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Effective Digital Citizenship Education

The CoolCatTeacher

Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools including tools for assessment, flipped learning, presentations, parent engagement, video engagement and more. It can even be done in the elementary curriculum.

How to streamline assessment and spend less time grading

The Cornerstone Blog

I’ve always thought it would be really cool to get a group of master teachers together to hash out some of their toughest challenges and share what’s working. The topic for our first productivity roundtable is streamlining the grading and assessment process.

5 Ways to Help Numbers Come Alive

The CoolCatTeacher

And Geometry by the way, because I taught everything from elementary through Ph.D. So you get into sorting and counting by putting them together in groups.

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