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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.

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. Materials: One egg per group.

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22 Top Tips for Better Classroom Management

The CoolCatTeacher

Classroom management can be a challenge. In this post, I’ll share twenty-two of my top tips and ideas that have helped me have an awesome classroom. Classroom Management Tip #1: Build a Partnership With Your Students It’s true that you must relate before you can educate.

Differentiate and Personalize Literacy Instruction for Your Elementary Classroom!

Kleinspiration

Teachers can have three different groups going on at the same time. Teachers can access a rich archive of student data that allows for better planning to personalize instruction for guided reading groups.

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.

DigiWriMo, meet the Make Bank

K12 Open Ed

In talking about this with a group of folks last night , someone asked “ As a college student working on my elementary major, how could I use this writing piece in my future classroom?”

16 Free Resources for Schools Who are Closing Due to Coronavirus

The CoolCatTeacher

Blended learning (having a face to face and an online classroom) is best. We have one more reason– when you already have an online space for your classroom, it is a smaller step to teaching totally online when necessary.

IT Coaches Leading Change in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Deb Ramm helps us learn the techniques to help powerful improvement happen in classrooms. IT Coaches Leading Change in the Classroom. Now, Deb, you work with implementing lighthouse classrooms, but you’ve also recently moved into instructional technology.

Classroom collaboration: Learning together

Neo LMS

In most classrooms today, students are seen working together in small groups, perhaps in learning stations in the classroom, and taking a more active role in learning. We have to think about what will work in our classrooms and with our students.

How Parent Empowerment Can Change Your Classroom for the Better

Waterford

You may already be familiar with parent involvement and engagement, or listening to and working with parents in the classroom. It means embracing the belief that all voices and perspectives are welcome in your classroom,[1] and intentionally providing space for those voices to be heard.

Getting Rid of Cemetery Style Seating in the Classroom with Bill Selak

The CoolCatTeacher

Prepare to have your mind shift about how we sit in classrooms today! Getting Rid of Cemetery Style Steating in the Classroom with Bill Selak. VICKI: Happy Wonderful Classroom Wednesday. Read more on the Hillbrook Blog: Flexible Classrooms.

Four tips from a successful elementary school

The Hechinger Report

In this file photo, a student at a Mississippi elementary school reads during class. Although Governor Phil Bryant is considering taking over Jackson Public Schools, which has struggled to improve student achievement and meet accreditation standards, there are bright spots in the district.

How The Morning Meeting Can Transform Classroom Culture

Teaching With Soul

Dear Christine and Friends, When I read your post on how you put yourself in the shoes of your students, I imagined all these little feet running around your classroom in colorful sneakers! There are many aspects to building a classroom culture as a new teacher that can feel overwhelming.

How The Morning Meeting Can Transform Classroom Culture

Teaching With Soul

Dear Christine and Friends, When I read your post on how you put yourself in the shoes of your students, I imagined all these little feet running around your classroom in colorful sneakers! There are many aspects to building a classroom culture as a new teacher that can feel overwhelming.

What a Makerspace Can Mean for the Writing Classroom—Takeaways from NWP Annual Meeting

Educator Innovator

Librarian and maker Colleen Graves recaps a lively and learner-driven session on makerspaces and embracing making as teachers of writing at the 2016 NWP Annual Meeting. In our interactive session for “ Makerspace in the Library: What it means for your Classroom ,” we really let our participants drive the learning. Valerie Jopeck , Elementary Library Education Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA. What a great group of educators!

Elementary Technology Favorites by Grade Level

Tech Helpful

One of the things shared was the list of "tried and true" technology usage by grade level at our elementary school. It helps with accountability, cutting down paper used in the classroom, and allows students to explain their thinking in multiple ways (video, audio, photo, drawings, blog, etc).

High school graduation rates for one important group are starting to get better

The Hechinger Report

Since 2006, the share of California Hispanic 19-year-olds with a high school diploma has increased from 74 percent to 86 percent, according to the Campaign for College Opportunity, a California advocacy group.

Why These Educators Meet Regularly to Align Instruction with Mind, Brain, and Education Research

Edsurge

The chime she rang to remind students to take a calm breath before focusing their attention signaled that this breathing practice had become embedded into classroom culture. My class time is somewhat reduced by my role as EAL team leader, in which I support other elementary EAL teachers.

4 tips for incorporating safe, engaging, tech-rich material into early elementary ed

eSchool News

It must meet the standards we’re working on, and it needs to be engaging. We use videos as a whole group in a variety of ways. Related: Designing classrooms from a young child’s perspective.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

Fantastic ideas to bring the inquiry mindset into the classroom including curiosity jars, provocations and more. Trevor MacKenzie: 5 Ideas to Bring the Inquiry Mindset into Your Classroom Today. Today we’re talking about five ideas to bring inquiry mindset into the classroom.

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Teaching Empathy to Elementary Students Through a Charming Read Aloud

Kleinspiration

We all met in my colleague''s room to meet and listen to Maria. Maria knew exactly how to handle the group of 70 second graders; she is a former elementary teacher herself. We have used all of Maria''s books in our class meetings.

How Elementary Teachers are Marking the End of School Amid Grief for Lost Time with Students

MindShift

That is so hard to not have been able to witness this particular group of children get to that threshold,” she said. In April, Sharp made a video, “ Dear Fifth Graders ,” from inside his classroom.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Elementary Educators: Q&A With Dr. April DeGennaro

Mindspark Learning

I sat down with April DeGennaro, teacher at Peeples Elementary School in Peachtree City, Georgia this month to discuss why as an elementary school teacher, she has chosen to embrace AI for her own learning and that of her students. April DeGennaro, teacher at Peeples Elementary School.

The Beauty of Ownership and Belonging: Elementary Tech Teams

Tech Helpful

Each fourth and fifth grade teacher and out of classroom educators then decided what elective they would like to lead based on their passions. These elective opportunities gave me the possibility of having an elementary tech team.

Where Personalized Learning Meets Social Emotional Learning

Edsurge

And far more than just listening to speakers from a stage, we're crafting time for conference attendees to meet in intimate groups with each other and with speakers to explore the issues and challenges that confront each one. At Fusion, you will meet leading education thinkers and doers from organizations that include the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Digital Promise, FutureReady, LEAP Innovations, KnowledgeWorks, ISTE, Ed-Fi, IMS Global and many others.

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. We honored student needs with multi-age classrooms and competency-based projects. Multi-age classrooms also help boost students academic performance. As teachers meet and plan project goals with students, they become partners in learning. Across Parker-Varney Elementary, teachers focus on what can work rather than on what is not working.

How one Mississippi elementary school improved to an A rating

The Hechinger Report

In this file photo, a student reads in a Mississippi elementary school. In 2010, a year after Andrea Pastchal-Smith became principal of West Elementary School, formerly named West Oktibbeha County Elementary, the struggling school earned an “Academic Watch” rating from the state.

The Power of the Morning Meeting: 5 Steps Toward Changing Your Classroom Culture

Teaching With Soul

“The whole morning meeting not only sets a really good tone for the students, but it sets a tone for me.” When I first learned about the Morning Meeting model, I was working as an elementary school principal in Pasadena, California. Group Activity.

Building Teamwork and Perseverance in Early Elementary Students with Breakouts

MindShift

Sutherland immediately thought of Breakouts, activities based on the popular escape room experience where groups of people working together under time pressure solve a series of puzzles. The goal of a Breakout is for groups of students to work together to solve a series of puzzles.

Research Schools: What are they and how do they work?

The CoolCatTeacher

The Kids Discover online platform lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners at three different lexiles. It is a perfect inquiry-based tool you can use in your classroom and with your students.

This Framework Makes Group Projects More Collaborative—and Individual

Edsurge

This scenario is a recipe for disaster and it’s not uncommon in classrooms across the country. Scrum is a way to let individuals shine, even in a group setting. It’s a way to let individuals shine, even in a group setting. In my role as an instructional technology coach for the district, I visited his classroom to help him get started with our online resources. Each work session starts and ends with a stand-up meeting at which the team reviews the Scrum board.

How Group Therapy at School Helps Kids Manage Trauma, Anxiety

MindShift

Cresthaven Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md., Created by psychologist Mary Alvord, it’s a form of group therapy designed to help students who are struggling with trauma or cognitive disorders — or everyday anxiety caused by things like bullying or moving schools.

Excellent Free STEM Strategies from TGR Foundation and Discovery

The CoolCatTeacher

Fortunately, TGR Foundation and Discovery Education are partnering to help STEM teachers reach a more diverse group of learners and generate student interest in STEM. Blended Learning and E-Learning Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) How to Guides.

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10 Google Classroom Tips for Remote Learning

Shake Up Learning

The post 10 Google Classroom Tips for Remote Learning appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Many teachers are jumping on board with Google Classroom right now, sink or swim! So in this post, I am going to give you 10 Google Classroom tips for remote learning.

Meet the Support Network Addressing Out-Of-School Challenges for Every Student

Edsurge

Steadman, who teaches at Mendell Elementary School in this highly-diverse Boston neighborhood, passed along her concerns to a colleague, Madeline Gillespie, a family support coordinator. Mary Walsh, a researcher, and Pat DiNatale, a school principal, convened a group of other local principals who acknowledged the importance of providing supports to address challenges faced outside of school. And she meets with groups of students during their usual lunch breaks.