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?

Offering Electives to Elementary Students

User Generated Education

Electives are typically chosen based on interests, passions, a need to learn something new, and/or because of future goals. It is not clear to me why elementary students are rarely offered elective courses. I have a very strong need to learn new things.

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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. Students can learn about creative writing by studying imagery and poetry by established authors. Did you know that November is National Novel Writing Month?

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.

Maximizing Online Learning for Elementary Students

Where Learning Clicks

The post Maximizing Online Learning for Elementary Students appeared first on Where Learning Clicks. By embracing the data & feedback built into the program, two veteran teachers discovered that teaching virtually helped them create more independent learners.

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.

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. In today’s episode, she shares what she’s doing and how her students are learning. Today’s Sponsor: Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection. The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection is here! Helen Kardiasmenos is an Innovative classroom and online educator located in Sydney, Australia.

10 Strategies Designed to Engage Elementary Students Online

Catlin Tucker

A few weeks ago, I published a blog titled “ 8 Ideas Designed to Engage Students In Active Learning Online.” ” I had several elementary teachers request that I work on a similar blog focused on younger learners. 8 Online Learning Stations. Learning

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? Let’s say in kindergarten, the student was trying to learn Letter Sounds.

Edutopia Article – “Effective Uses of Technology in Elementary School” by Avra Robinson

EdTechTeacher

After many months of remote learning and tuning into a device for synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences, many teachers and students might be ready to move away from digital experiences and return to analog activities for learning.

How to Learn in an Online Classroom – Student Tutorial

The CoolCatTeacher

For synchronous classrooms From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In addition to a learning management system (LMS), students need to know how to learn in an online synchronous classroom.

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10 Ways to Use Tract for Personalized Project Based Learning in Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Tract can engage students and get them excited about learning. Tract is a personalized Project-Based Learning (PBL) platform with rich, individualized projects for students that can be tracked and managed from a centralized teacher dashboard. Conversations and learning happen there.

How to Teach Students Effective Learning in an Online Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter How I teach students to be effective learners in an online classroom. This episode is an audio version of my presentation to students about how to be effective learners in an online classroom.

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.

Online Learning in Elementary School: Lessons Learned

Where Learning Clicks

Online learning with young students can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Two veteran teachers share advice from their 1st- and 4th-grade classrooms. The post Online Learning in Elementary School: Lessons Learned appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

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. An Odyssey into 21st Century Learning” Building Teachers: A Constructivist Approach. The Secret Agents of Jordan/Jackson Elementary School” in Early Childhood Education Today.

iPads to Differentiate Instruction in Early Elementary Education

The CoolCatTeacher

Emily Lynch talks about how to use iPads in the classroom to differentiate instruction. Today’s Sponsor: Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection. The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection is here! You’ll want to sign up for your free 30-day trial at coolcatteacher.com/reallygoodstuff and remember – it is only one app – all of the other apps are inside this one simple digital learning collection from Really Good Stuff.

Google Classroom Bootcamp Duo Demo: Student and Teacher Views

The CoolCatTeacher

” She played the role of the teacher and I played the role of the student as we shared what various actions look like on both sides of the dynamic relationship between students and teachers in Google Classroom.

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How to Use Gamification for Attention-Getting and Fun Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Paolo Tolomeo gets kids excited about learning math and language arts by sailing the 7 seas. Learn how it does it, how he keeps on track with lessons, and how to avoid common mistakes when adding gamification to your classroom. Never stop learning!

5 simple ways to integrate STEAM education into elementary classrooms

eSchool News

Whether STEAM education is new to you or you’re already familiar with it, it’s a great way to excite students about learning. Here are 5 simple ways you can incorporate STEAM into the elementary school classroom. Featured on eSchool News STEAM STEM Teaching & Learning

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. If you’re tired of boring, traditional math instruction, listen and learn from Felicia Casto. ” In today’s show, we’ll discuss: The types of activities done in her classroom. The 3 Act project-based model of learning math.

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

The CoolCatTeacher

Fun, exciting tools and techniques can help very young kids understand math and learn computational thinking. Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades. Sometimes we’re teaching specifically to the students to learn coding, to learn about loops, or to learn about a variable. We even had a grade 7 classroom (in which) this young girl was just so excited. They quickly learn it that morning.

Project Based Learning at the Elementary Level: Nine Inspiring Examples

EdTechTeacher

I recently had the opportunity to work with an incredible group of elementary educators from Nauset Schools on Cape Cod. The teachers generously agreed, and below are their examples of inspiring yet practical examples of project based learning at the K-5 level! Learn more here!

Next Generation Learning: Elementary School

Neo LMS

This series has told the stories of some of the grant recipients of the Next Generation Learning Challenges program, describing schools that have taken seriously the need to adapt, modify and in some cases entirely reinvent learning modes, and teaching models using technology as a basis. 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. Identity-safe classrooms.

#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. Even worse, some teachers just use them for “game day” and miss the opportunity they have to do help students learn with them. Today’s show will help settle the dust and bring clarity to iPads in the elementary classroom.

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. In one online learning station, students listen to books/stories with an audio recording. Here are some great online resources for the online learning stations. Learning

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. Learning

Misconceptions About Kids With Learning Differences in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Linked In: [link] The post Misconceptions About Kids With Learning Differences in the Classroom appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

6 Ways to Help Kids Learn Real-World Skills

The CoolCatTeacher

With free financial literacy courses for high school and middle school, social-emotional learning, and digital literacy classes, today we highlight six ways you can help students learn real-world skills. Listen to 6 Ways to Help Kids Learn Real-World Skills.

How to Teach Phonics and Decoding Skills to Elementary Students

Waterford

Explore how the brain learns to read and get tips for effective, researched-based classroom instruction. Young students must also master letter recognition and learn basic letter-sound correspondences.[1]. Teaching Phonics in the Classroom: Strategies and Resources.

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. What we have learned with our kids is we have to be incredibly explicit with everything we do.” HICKORY, N.C. – “Mmm, ah, tuh.”

6 Ideas For Using Buncee in the Elementary Classroom

Buncee

Read on to see how Tyllie uses Buncee in collaboration with classroom educators. Buncee has a wide variety of media features, so my students can experiment with using a combination of text, video, audio, and images to demonstrate their learning. 2.Language Learning Flashcards.

How to Make Classroom Games with Easy, Awesome Educaplay

The CoolCatTeacher

Sixteen types of games, Google Classroom and LMS compatibility and auto-grading From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. This week, I began using Educaplay to make fun classroom learning games for my students.

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Epic Classroom Blogging with Elementary Students

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Rayna Freedman @rlfreedm has a student classroom blog that will completely blow you away! Google Classroom. A student example blogging as “the blue bunny” and learning point of view. 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. Scroll down to see pictures of Rayna’s classroom.

Ideas for Project-Based Learning at the Elementary Level

EdTechTeacher

In February, I had the opportunity to work with an incredible group of elementary educators from Nauset Schools on Cape Cod. Google Classroom, Seesaw). How can we as social detectives write a book that explains the social skills that are important for a successful classroom community?