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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. To join the celebration, tune into the Twitter chat with me, fellow teachers, and the CME Group’s chief economist on April 26th at noon Eastern Time, using #PowerofEcon. Open Badges in Elementary School.

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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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. Materials: One egg per group. 40 straws per group. If a ball drops, the group must begin again.

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. They are sponsoring this post, and since some of their most popular courses are on the topic of classroom management, they asked me to create a resource for helping teachers with classroom management.

Differentiate and Personalize Literacy Instruction for Your Elementary Classroom!

Kleinspiration

Designed specifically to meet the Common Core and other rigorous state standards, Lexia Reading Core5 provides explicit, systematic, personalized learning in the six areas of reading instruction, and delivers norm and criteria-referenced performance data and analysis without interrupting the flow of instruction to administer a test. Teachers can have three different groups going on at the same time.

Celebrating Black History Month in the Classroom

Waterford

In 1926, the group “Study of African American Life and History” sponsored a week in February (chosen because Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays were that week) for a celebration. Black History Month Classroom Resources for Teachers. Meet Vice President Kamala Harris.

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. While not calling for a return to those rigid structures, in the edWebinar “ Flexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning: Making It Work,” Dina Brulles, Ph.D., before they assign group work.

It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

Image credit: [link] The other day I had the unique challenge and opportunity of working with elementary teachers in the Spotswood School District. At the meeting later that day I introduced each of the tools to the group and noted which ones did not require student access to a computer. As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels.

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?” The idea of the Make Bank was to make this content readily available to folks for classroom or other use long after events like CLMOOC or DigiWriMo are over. I’m taking part in another open collaborative learning event in November: DigiWriMo.

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. When I was in elementary school, we often were paired with a classmate for different activities and it was a great way to develop our social skills as well as develop new perspectives in learning. We have to think about what will work in our classrooms and with our students.

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. What kind of things did you have to do to shift from classroom teacher to instructional technology leader? Vicki: But how do you keep your classroom focused?

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. 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.

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!

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. But he’s in Hillbrook Schools in California and they’re really reimagining the classroom. VICKI: Now, we’ve already had an episode with him talking about the Amazon Echo in the classroom. Read more on the Hillbrook Blog: Flexible Classrooms.

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. Q: Why did you start AI implementation within your school or classroom? Q: Why is AI a topic that elementary school educators need to care about?

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. As an English as an additional language (EAL) support teacher at NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand, I co-teach in four early elementary classrooms, supporting multilingual students who are developing their academic proficiency in English. Nina Radcliffe’s teaching practice was changing.

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. Join the Facebook group Temporary School Closure Support – many helpful conversations are in there.

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.

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.

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. So let me share with you just one idea that I think will not only be fun to try but will support you to see a shift in how your students flourish in your classroom.

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. So let me share with you just one idea that I think will not only be fun to try but will support you to see a shift in how your students flourish in your classroom.

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. Nationwide, the percentage of Hispanic or Latino adults ages 25 or over with a diploma has risen from 53 percent in 1995 to 72 percent last year, says the advocacy and research group Excelencia in Education.

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. First Grade technology use: SeeSaw App (free version) works on multiple platforms - [link] use for children to have an electronic portfolio of their work in the classroom while also allowing their parents and myself to see and comment on their work. They are assigned a topic and divided into specific groups (as known as typical collaborative learning groups.)

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.

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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. When parents involve themselves in the classroom, for example, their students are more likely to express self-confidence and a motivation to learn.[11]

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. Virtual field trips to California or the Statue of Liberty are a fun way to expand the walls of our classroom. There are so many new things coming out for classroom use all the time, and I’m not always sure how I can incorporate them into my kindergarten class—or if I even should.

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. a Bit of Background about Bullying Our school has a bullying program, and we are required to host class meetings. We have used all of Maria''s books in our class meetings. I emailed Maria, and she graciously set up a date to come meet our class.

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. There’s that element of surprise and spontaneity that’s so much part of the exciting inquiry-based classroom. Bring it in to your classroom! We need that in our classroom.

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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. Because this group of educators really seemed to be taking ownership of this new "tech team" concept, I chose to apply. They learned first had the beauty of educational collaboration and communication to best meet student needs.

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. Students at West Elementary School receive incentives like school-wide announcements, special signs on their classroom doors, and pizza parties when their entire class has perfect attendance.

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. The Morning Meeting was first proposed to me by a new teacher who had studied it in her pre-service classes. Having been able to observe this school pre- and post-Morning Meeting, I can tell you that it was transformational.

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.

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. In early grade classrooms many children aren’t reading yet or still struggle with reading, so clues need to be visual or involve audio. The goal of a Breakout is for groups of students to work together to solve a series of puzzles. What can they say when they don’t feel heard by the group?

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. How a “Kids Deserve It T-Shirt” at ISTE 2017 caused a chance meeting. Vicki: Today we’re talking with Aaron Marvel @AaronMarvelEDU , and this is an example of an awesome meeting. Meet the “Educational Engineer”.