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Offering Electives to Elementary Students

User Generated Education

It is not clear to me why elementary students are rarely offered elective courses. Being able to choose a class is huge, and this tends to keep kids motivated to learn ( Beyond the Classroom: Electives in school — essential or entertaining? ).

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5 Steps to Gamify Your Elementary Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Heather Marrs shares how to get started with gamifying your classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter How could you take your whole elementary classroom year and gamify it?

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How to Teach Venn Diagrams to Elementary School Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

One of our Ask a Tech Teacher crew has organized the basics on how to teach Venn Diagrams to elementary-age students: What is a Venn Diagram. How to make it clear to elementary students (get crafty). How to Teach Venn Diagrams to Elementary School Students.

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In elementary classrooms, demand grows for play-based learning

The Hechinger Report

OKLAHOMA CITY — Two third-graders sat on the floor of their classroom and lined up a row of dominoes along the edge of a low-lying table. But it wasn’t indoor recess — play is one of the ways students learn every day in O’Brien’s science and social studies class at Shidler Elementary School.

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20 Creative Writing Activities for Elementary Students

Waterford

All of these 20 creative writing activities can be used with elementary school students to practice reading and writing skills. To teach creative thinking skills with kindergarteners and early elementary students, try this Mystery Seed writing activity.

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Social Entrepreneurship with Elementary Students: A Perfect STEAM Lesson

User Generated Education

But elementary school-age kids do have the natural curiosity, imagination, drive, and ability to come up with innovative ways to change the world for the better. Learning tasks are authentic, relevant, and promote life skills outside of the formal classroom.

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5 tech tools I use in my elementary music classroom

eSchool News

Teaching online during the pandemic has shown us that high-quality tech tools are out there–but how do we continue to use these resources in our classrooms today? Technology has become more prevalent in schools in recent years, with a big uptick due to the pandemic.

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How to Amplify Kindergarten and Elementary Voices

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter First-grade teacher Danielle Moore has worked with early elementary and kindergarten students as she helps them amplify their voice. You can take courses on helpful topics like social-emotional learning, classroom management, teacher wellness, special education classes and more. Related Resources Flipgrid is an amazing tool to use for anything and everything in the classroom.

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50 Fun Virtual Activities for Elementary School Students

Waterford

Luckily, there are plenty of Internet resources available at your fingertips—with options for both synchronous and asynchronous learning-based classrooms. The first section includes 25 educational tools that can help you plan online activities for your classroom.

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Discovery Museum Celebrates 30 Years of Delivering Hands-On Science in Elementary School Classrooms

eSchool News

Traveling Science Workshops (TSW) are state curriculum-aligned, small group, in-classroom workshops that use simple, everyday materials and a hands-on approach to allow students to be scientists: exploring, observing, asking questions, and sharing discoveries.

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Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns

The CoolCatTeacher

Amy believes this pedagogical shift is a game changer in the music classroom Learn more. Project Pals has a useful classroom collaborative platform that lets you create and manage projects for your students. Project Pals connects with Google Classroom but also lets me see detail on which students are contributing and participating. She has authored three books on how to integrate technology into the elementary music classroom.

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Anti-Racist Activities for Upper Elementary and Middle School Students

User Generated Education

I am planning to do anti-racist activities with my elementary students (5th and 6th graders) this coming fall. I bought a set for my classroom.) Learners can then take their talking books into classrooms with younger grades so they can play their books.

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10 Strategies Designed to Engage Elementary Students Online

Catlin Tucker

” I had several elementary teachers request that I work on a similar blog focused on younger learners. Below are ten strategies I hope will help elementary teachers to engage their young learners online. #1 1 Create Virtual Word Wall with a Bitmoji Classroom or Padlet.

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Creating Your Dream Elementary Classroom

MiddleWeb

Wondering how to set up your new classroom? Creating Your Dream Elementary Classroom is the book for you, writes teacher educator Linda Biondi. Book Reviews Class Space Design Becky Hunt elementary classroom eye on education families guide Linda Biondi mentors Routledge set-up trainers welcoming studentsOr just ready to make some changes in your familiar space? It's filled with ideas from pros to benefit newbies and vets in grades K-6.

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Fickett Elementary School: Making a Difference thorough Innovation and Collaboration

TeacherCast

Have you ever thought about what you would do if you oversaw your very own elementary school? According to USNews.com, Fickett Elementary School features a staff/student ratio of 12:1 and is ranked #25 in Atlanta Public Schools. Connecting with Students in the Classroom.

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Gaming in Early Elementary Education in Australia

The CoolCatTeacher

Helen Kardiasmenos uses games to teach almost every subject in her early elementary classroom in Australia. Helen Kardiasmenos is an Innovative classroom and online educator located in Sydney, Australia. The post Gaming in Early Elementary Education in Australia appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

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4 Dos And Don’ts Of Effective Elementary School Classroom Management

TeachThought - Learn better.

Effective elementary classroom management involves maintaining a balance between promoting convergent and divergent thinking and behavior. The post 4 Dos And Don’ts Of Effective Elementary School Classroom Management appeared first on TeachThought.

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Open Badges in Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

Some elementary classrooms are using self-directed badges for competency acquisition by students. Open Badges in Elementary School. Vicki: Today we’re talking with Amy Cooper, who’s at an elementary school in Minnesota. And Amy, you’re working with digital badges or open badges in elementary school. What are open badges, and how does this work with elementary kids? Amy has fourteen years of experience working as an elementary educator.

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4 Dos And Don’ts Of Effective Elementary School Classroom Management

TeachThought - Learn better.

Effectively managing elementary classrooms involves maintaining a balance between promoting convergent and divergent thinking and behavior. The post 4 Dos And Don’ts Of Effective Elementary School Classroom Management appeared first on TeachThought.

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How robotic gamification helped my elementary students love STEM

eSchool News

As such, integrating robotics and coding supplemented the standards-based instruction that was already occurring in my classroom and enabled students to apply the content. Coding is a necessary skill in today’s world, but it is relatively challenging to master, especially for kids.

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5 ways to create a stellar online elementary learning program

eSchool News

This year’s 4th most-read story focuses on creating an online elementary program. Elementary education is the foundation for early learning, providing students with the skills and community they need for future success in school and life.

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A Planning Guide For Project-Based Learning In The Elementary Classroom

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This planning template for project-based learning in the elementary school classroom includes both a blank and completed example. The post A Planning Guide For Project-Based Learning In The Elementary Classroom appeared first on TeachThought.

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Elementary Book Club for Advanced Readers

Catlin Tucker

When I work with elementary teachers, one of the biggest challenges they face is the wide range of reading skills in their classrooms. Most of the teachers I coach at the elementary level are using the Station Rotation Model during their English language block. We assigned that deck to the students via Google Classroom, which made a copy of the book club template for each student participating in the book club.

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10 Simple Icebreakers For Kids: Elementary Students Edition

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The post 10 Simple Icebreakers For Kids: Elementary Students Edition appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching Classroom Management Elementary School Student Engagement team-buildingOne simple icebreaker for kids is to ask them to improve something--a game, song, toy, etc.

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Meet The Inspiring Elementary Spanish Teacher #GiveGreatness

The CoolCatTeacher

Evelyn Hamlin is a teacher who teaches her whole elementary curriculum in Spanish. Don’t miss YOUR chance to nominate an inspiring educator and qualify you both to win an incredible classroom technology package! ” The post Meet The Inspiring Elementary Spanish Teacher #GiveGreatness appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

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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. The stories can also be downloaded to a device if connectivity is an issue in your classroom. These are fantastic for students reading on their own in the classroom on a device.

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5 simple ways to integrate STEAM education into elementary classrooms

eSchool News

I believe that it is important for our youngest learners in the elementary setting to be exposed to all subjects, and STEAM education is an excellent way to accomplish that goal. Here are 5 simple ways you can incorporate STEAM into the elementary school classroom.

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How to Differentiate Instruction in Elementary Math

Cool Cat Teacher

Understandably, kindergarten and elementary teachers need to reach every student where they are on their learning journey, but it isn't always easy. Episode 793 - The 10 Minute Teacher Podcast How to Differentiate Math Instruction in the Elementary Classroom Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson.

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Why we should let online elementary students lead

eSchool News

The role of elementary teachers has never been more important, especially as kindergarten through fifth grade students today are facing more change than ever before–from the effects of the pandemic to social media and stressful current events being right at their fingertips.

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iPads to Differentiate Instruction in Early Elementary Education

The CoolCatTeacher

Emily Lynch talks about how to use iPads in the classroom to differentiate instruction. Emily Lynch is a third-grade teacher at Meadowbrook Elementary in the North Kansas City School District. The post iPads to Differentiate Instruction in Early Elementary Education appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

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#01: Awesome Apps for iPads in the Elementary Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Karen Lirenman ( @ KLirenman ) and Kristen Wideen ( @ mrswideen ) have written the definitive book on using iPads in the elementary classroom, Innovate with iPad: Lessons to Transform Learning in the Classroom. Today’s show will help settle the dust and bring clarity to iPads in the elementary classroom. I love their book, Innovate with iPad: Lessons to Transform Learning in the Classroom , so much that we bought it for every teacher at my school.

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6 tips to help start an elementary esports program in your school

eSchool News

This year’s 2nd most-read story focuses on creating an elementary esports program. Thus far, conversations around esports have centered on collegiate and secondary levels, however, a recent change in the winds has shifted the conversation to elementary esports.

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The Secret Agents of Jordan Jackson Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

Rayna Freedman inspires her elementary students with a spy-themed classroom experience that runs throughout the year. Learn how she does it and why in this fun Wonderful Classroom Wednesday. The Secret Agents of Jordan/Jackson Elementary School” in Early Childhood Education Today. Rayna Freedman @ rlfreedm has been teaching for 17 years at the Jordan/Jackson Elementary school and has been blogging with students in the 4th and 5th grade.

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Flipping the elementary school classroom? YES!

Neo LMS

Elementary school classrooms do not naturally lend themselves to a flipped or blended environment for a number of reasons. Blended or flipped environments also are not ideal in an elementary school setting because so much of teaching in these grades is dependent on modelling and direction. Flipping the elementary school classroom? Try this page to kickstart your experimentation with tech in your classroom.

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Felicia Casto’s Exceptional Elementary Math Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

After diving into research and applying what she learned, Felicia and her elementary students have left behind a traditional way of teaching math and awakened to the exciting possibilities. ” In today’s show, we’ll discuss: The types of activities done in her classroom. The post Felicia Casto’s Exceptional Elementary Math Classroom appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

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Differentiating Instruction in Kindergarten and Elementary Grades with Laura Robb

Cool Cat Teacher

Reading instruction can be challenging when a teacher has many different ability levels in her classroom. Furthermore, kindergarten and elementary grades are fundamental. Transcript - Differentiating Instruction for Kindergarten and Elementary - Laura Robb - Episode 791.

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Team Building with Elementary Students

User Generated Education

I meet with two groups of gifted elementary students, grades 2nd through 6th, for a full day each week. The benefits for doing so cannot be overstated: It sets the climate that cooperation and collaboration is an expectation in the classroom. It builds a sense of classroom community which carries over through all of the classroom activities.

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Q&A: Christine Cunningham Proves Even Elementary Students Can Be Engineers

EdTech Magazine

Classroom Curriculum STEMBy Meghan Bogardus Cortez Boston’s Museum of Science has developed an award-winning STEM curriculum.

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Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

The CoolCatTeacher

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades. We even had a grade 7 classroom (in which) this young girl was just so excited. Vicki: Steve, do you find that there are teachers that think that kids can’t really understand these concepts — like elementary kids really understanding XY coordinates? You just realized, “Perhaps we’re underestimating the abilities of our elementary kids.”.

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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. Next Generation Learning: Elementary School. Redwood Heights Elementary School (RHS) is an elementary school in Oakland, California. Identity-safe classrooms. The concept of “ identity safe ” classrooms, deserves some attention here.

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6 tips to begin an elementary esports program in your school

eSchool News

Thus far, conversations around esports have centered on collegiate and secondary levels, however, a recent change in the winds has shifted the conversation to elementary esports. I teach an elementary STEM class called iCreate in South Haven Public Schools.

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Webinar: Teacher Mental Health In The Elementary Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

Title: Teacher Mental Health: Proactive Remedies For The Elementary Classroom Teacher. He’s assisted educators in a wide variety of schools and organizations; he can quickly analyze your school’s classroom management needs and develop an effective training plan tailored to address them.

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Retraining an entire state’s elementary teachers in the science of reading

The Hechinger Report

But this fall, everyone at Viewmont Elementary School is in masks, so she has to listen more intently than usual. Teaching students to read is one of the most difficult tasks for an early elementary school teacher. HICKORY, N.C. – “Mmm, ah, tuh.”