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Flip your Classroom, Just Store your Favorites , Find Common Core Content, and Share your Lessons “ ClassConnect saves me time building lessons so I can focus on engaging & inspiring my students. Then, start searching for content you can use by the Common Core!

Elementary school teachers struggle with Common Core math standards

The Hechinger Report

2, 2014 photo, teacher Joy Burke surprises her students with homemade cookies as they leave their fifth grade class at John Hay Elementary school in Seattle. Cookies and math tend to go together in an elementary school classroom. Read more about the Common Core.

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Does Common Core Ask Too Much of Kindergarten Readers?


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.* There are many experiences in the classroom that are beneficial for building the foundation for learning to read that will come later.”

More than five years after adopting Common Core, Kentucky’s black-white achievement gap is widening

The Hechinger Report

At Dunn Elementary, kids who are struggling get extra time with second-grade teacher Sarah Bowling. The second-graders in Sarah Bowling’s class at Dunn Elementary were on a scavenger hunt to find “arrays.”. Closing these gaps was one of the goals of Common Core reform.

Early Elementary: Differentiate Reading Practice

Catlin Tucker

In my last post titled “ Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model ,” I provided a blended learning strategy that creates more time in the classroom for teachers to work individually with students.

English +Common Core +Mobile = Success (ISTE2014 Poster -details)

Education with Technology

Here are the ten examples I showed at my English + Common Core + Mobile ISTE 2014 Poster Session: Based on CCSS Anchor Statements: L.2 Present mobile recorded news to two different groups (HS class and elementary class). English Common Core Mobile Activities.

5 Ways to Add Morning Meetings to Special Ed Classrooms

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Felicia Durden shares methods behind having a powerful morning meeting in special education classrooms. From routine to celebrations, we talk about how to start the day well in special education classrooms. 5 Ways to Add Morning Meetings to Special Ed Classrooms.

CA Computer Science Legislation with CUE Support Approved by Gov Brown


The bill supports President Obama’s Computer Science for All initiative, which provides Federal funding for the next three years for states to increase access to computer science education in elementary and secondary education classrooms. CUE Advocacy Update.

Project Pals: The Perfect PBL Software for Project Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

In this post, I’ll share how this app works and my thoughts on how you can use it in your classroom. These starter projects are aligned with Common Core standards and are already built for you. This digital citizenship project is aligned with several Common Core State Standards.

Promoting Academic Discourse in the ESL Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Greetzel Mojica @Mojica_CJUSD talks about how she teaches academic discourse in her sixth-grade classroom. This is not the language used at home, so it presents challenges. Listen to Starr Sackstein talk about 5 peer review strategies for your classroom.

Video as a Tool to Understand CCSS Mathematical Practices

A Principal's Reflections

Success at the Core is a free resource available to teachers and leaders to assist in the successful implementation of the Common Core Standards. One of the powerful aspects of Success at the Core is the use of video to to illustrated effective pedagogical techniques in mathematics. They had come here at 4:00 pm, after a long day, to learn about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Mathematics. Common Core Mathematics Opinion

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?How Game-Based Learning Encourages Growth Mindset


What’s more, game-based learning (GBL) can address some of the most common roadblocks encountered by math teachers and students alike. Given that most older children and teens play digital games outside of school— according to one study , 99% of boys and 94% of girls aged 12 - 17 play at least 7-10 hours per week—it’s no surprise that game-based learning is proving to be an effective classroom tool. Our classrooms can too.

Happy Connected Educator Month


We also developed projects and presentations using various software programs. I was able to travel to San Diego and present with a fabulous group of educators. We each had 5 minutes to present while the slides auto-advanced throughout the entire segment. The Classroom 2.0

Motivating Ourselves to a More Epic Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Trevor Muir crafts his classroom around a story. He uses the “hero’s journey” to make his classroom more epic. The goal is to make his classroom more epic and I think he has succeeded! Well, now we can all use Book Creator in our classrooms using the Chrome web browser.

Student Learners become Leaders of Learning – a LeRoy Finkel Fellowship Follow-up


Jefferson Elementary #TigerTechTeam, 2016. TigerTechTeam is a student led technology club, affecting positive change beyond the doors of Jefferson Elementary, a rural school in California’s Central Valley, with 100% socio-economically disadvantaged students.

32 Math Apps for a Rigor-infused Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are some great math apps for iPads and smartphones that add rigor and automaticity to your classroom: AIRR Math –student centered math activities in AIRR Math promote a strong, solid foundation for students’ success throughout their educational experiences.

The Limits of Curriculum Choice

Digital Promise

Among the key findings — of interest to district leaders, curriculum specialists, and school-based educators: Contrary to prior studies, this analysis finds little evidence of differences in average math achievement growth in schools using different elementary math curricula.

15 Websites to Teach Financial Literacy

Ask a Tech Teacher

Along the way, students juggle rent, gas, groceries, taxes, car payments, and life’s ever-present emergencies. Age group: Upper elementary, middle and high school. Age group: Upper elementary. Age group: Upper elementary, middle and high school.

35 Resources for the STEAM Classroom… Putting the Arts in STEM

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. 35 Resources for the STEAM Classroom… Putting the Arts in STEM by Michael Gorman at [link]. OER Commons – Take a look at these results from a search I did for STEAM based activities.

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Enhance Young Learner's English Vocabulary with @MindSnacks & Teach Foreign Languages!


The app has also been designed to support the Common Core Learning Standards. The app teaches definitions, spelling, pronunciation, contextual usage and parts of speech, making it perfect for use both in and out of the classroom.

One-to-One Key Ideas: Focus on Learning


Externally, the product may look the same (such as a presentation made with Prezi), but the learning outcomes would be quite different when they use it for higher-level thinking. How do you want students to use technology in the classroom?

10 Reasons to Screencast in Your Class and 7 Best-in-class Tools

Ask a Tech Teacher

It can be simple or sophisticated, anything from a whiteboard presentation to a slideshow to a movie-like video. the presenter picture, usually in the right corner. ability to upload to YouTube, the Cloud, or another common file sharing location. Classroom management screencast

Discovering the “Ultimate Classroom”: A Student Led Project Based Learning Inquiry


As a teacher, I knew all about project based learning and how rewarding it could be for students, but I struggled to imagine how I would make it work in my 4th grade classroom. We explored grant writing to learn about how grants are one way to bring new things into a classroom.

35 Resources for the STEAM Classroom: Putting the Arts in STEM


Pink presented strong evidence that educators must include right brain lessons in addition to the inclusion of historical left brain activities. OER Commons – Take a look at these results from a search I did for STEAM based activities.

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If You Want Equity in the Classroom, Above-Average Readers Need Intervention Too


EdSurge caught up with Ballone to discuss differentiation tools, the dangers of not intervening with above-average readers and the thrill of seeing equity in action in the classroom. In 2010, New Jersey adopted Common Core standards. There’s one slide that sticks in my head from a presentation on literacy research a few years ago. Michael Ballone How do you bring equity and energy into the classroom? Center for the Collaborative Classroom Learning Hub.

Peer Instruction 3.0 – When students do the teaching…with video

Turn to Your Neighbor

In this inaugural post of The Neighborhood, five classroom teachers from across grade levels discuss what happens when students teach each other using video. Turn to Your Neighbor Asks: As the flipped classroom becomes more and more prevalent in education, teachers are finding new ways to use video and screencasts to spark learning. Some teachers are having their students create videos and screencasts for their peers or in place of presentations or written documents.

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Eight Ways To Teach Climate Change In Almost Any Classroom


Common Sense Media has a list of climate change-related movies for all ages. Assign a research project, multimedia presentation or speech. Pamela Tarango teaches third grade at the Downtown Elementary School in Bakersfield, Calif.

3 Websites to Gamify Your Math Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

Most elementary age kids I know love math, but that changes when they matriculate to middle school. DimensionU is a collection of engaging interactive multiplayer fantasy games for grades 2-10 (some can be played solo) that focus on core skills in mathematics and literacy.

How Many Days Out Of The Classroom Is Too Many?

There is no box

In my teacher life, I spent a considerable amount of time out of the classroom. Well, classrooms, actually. I didn’t have my own classroom. I shared two classrooms with two other teachers.

How to Teach STEM Every Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

Common Core addresses that with their focus on college and career ready, but the huge pushback against these Standards (justified or not, depending upon which side you’re on–we won’t get into those here) may derail their approach. Classroom Architect.

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C-STEM Studio — A Great Way to Blend Math and Robotics

Ask a Tech Teacher

This web-based scalable program is available for elementary through high school students and can last anywhere from four weeks to a year. ” In fact, the C-STEM Studio algebra curriculum is fully aligned with Common Core state standards in mathematics.

ORIGO Stepping Stones 2.0–A Versatile, Easy-to-Use Math Curriculum

Ask a Tech Teacher

Started in Australia and now popular in the US, it is available in English and Spanish and aligned with both Common Core State Standards and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. 32 Math Apps for a Rigor-infused Classroom. Math Books for Elementary Grades.

43 Apps, Games, and Websites Transforming This Year's Classrooms

Graphite Blog

Click on any of the titles below to read our full review of the tool's classroom potential. What's more, many of these reviews also include a link to our privacy evaluations -- before choosing any tool for your classroom, be sure to check them out. Since we have over 3,000 apps, websites, and games reviewed for classroom potential, chances are we've already got a listing for it. Bottom line: Practice core subject skills with fun games at school or at home.

8 Reasons Why Students Should Create Videos and 15 Webtools to Do That

Ask a Tech Teacher

For decades, teachers have used videos in the classroom to share information. That’s right out of Common Core writing standards. That includes presenting their information for the varied needs of task, purpose, and audience.

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Want to Code on an IPad? Here are 3 Great Apps

Ask a Tech Teacher

Coding has become the poster child for a tech-infused classroom. Fundamental programming concepts include: abstraction and symbolism–variables are common in math, but also in a student’s education. Kodable now offers a curriculum for elementary school.

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