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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.

Common Core-Based Tests Causing Scramble for Computer Literacy

K-12 Schools - Education News

This spring, elementary and high school students nationwide will be taking Common Core-related tests, which frequently are taken on computers and require accurate and quick typing skills. Now, starting in second grade, students begin to learn how to type.

How a blended program can change Common Core math

eSchool News

In the past few years, the Common Core has significantly altered the landscape in terms of mathematics education. The Common Core has also required more coherence in our curriculum. This means the ability to think across grades and connect major topics within grades.

How one innovative school district has closed gaps on harder Common Core tests

The Hechinger Report

Octavio Gutierrez works with a group of students learning English, giving them a preview of what their fluent peers will learn later. But bright spots across the state could provide lessons for how California might do better in the future. Read more about Common Core.

Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand. Many of those same qualities are goals of the Common Core State Standards.

“It’s unfair” special education students lag behind under Common Core in Kentucky

The Hechinger Report

Field Elementary teacher Jessica Rockhold works with Remy Campbell on a smart board in her classroom. But to expect that the Common Core – or any standards – alone will move the needle is overreaching, he said. They’re probably going to have poor outcomes,’” she said.

Closing gap for immigrant students under Common Core in Kentucky is a moving target

The Hechinger Report

As is often the case, there was singing going on in Room 2 of Kenwood Elementary one Friday afternoon. Four 6-year-olds sat cross-legged around teacher Dyan Ogbe as she asked each to give their own ending to a song by saying what they’d buy with different amounts of money.

English + Common Core + Mobile = Success in Learning Poster Session at ISTE 2014

Education with Technology

In my ISTE Sunday 8-10 am poster session, I demonstrate many diverse mobile activities to help students achieve the English Language Arts Common Core Anchor Statements through mobile devices. The mobile activities focus on free common tool apps that are available on both the Android and the iPad. The students use the apps as a seamless tools with which to show their demonstration of the Anchor Statements. ” The teachers ask their students to pair up.

5 Ideas for Writing with Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

Jacqui Murray shares how we can encourage an improvement in writing using technology. These creative ways will help you think about how to help children, particularly those who struggle with handwriting and typing. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

This Toolkit Helps Take the Stress Out of State Testing

Edsurge

If you’re an educator, the weeks leading up to state testing are likely some of the most stressful and demanding days in your year. At Edmentum , it’s our goal to put educators first in everything we do. One of the ways we do this is by working hard to make teachers' lives easier during the busiest times of the academic year. We believe that when test day rolls around, students’ scores should reflect their content knowledge—not their ability to decode the test itself.

How to help struggling young readers

The Hechinger Report

The end of third grade is a turning point for young readers; it’s where skilled readers take off, finally able to competently read a variety of texts, and struggling readers teeter off track, often unable to ever catch up. The students mumbled to each other for several seconds.

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How to boost math skills in the early grades

The Hechinger Report

Small-group math work at Prairie Oak Elementary in Berwyn North School District 98 where, two years ago, just 14 percent of third-graders were able to do grade-level math. It leads to the analytic, higher-level thinking that’s increasingly important.”.

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

Turn to Your Neighbor

Inaugural Neighborhood Innovators: Bretzmann, Cernaro, Lovdahl, Morris, Thomasson (Left to Right). WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD . The Neighborhood is a special Turn To Your Neighbor series where we invite innovative educators from around the globe to discuss a variety of education topics. . This strategy takes Peer Instruction to a fascinating new level. What is the most exciting result you have had with asking your students to create videos?

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Project Pals: The Perfect PBL Software for Project Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Starting from a template that you’ve designed to guide your students through the project, they can collaborate or work together to explore, learn, brainstorm, and create. In this post, I’ll share how this app works and my thoughts on how you can use it in 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. All materials are designed to complement—not supplant—existing school improvement initiatives. Video, print, and online materials can be selected by leadership teams or teachers, and tailored to fit their needs. I began the session with a video of an elementary-school child working through a word problem.

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SMATH: How to Turn 2 Subjects Into 1 Super-Class

Edsurge

As educators, we always encourage our students to work together; we promise them two heads are better than one. Piedmont Elementary in Alabama, we decided to finally try it. We realized combining classes could help us integrate science and math standards, while team-teaching would allow us to differentiate instruction. Common Core math standards and Next Generation Science Standards were being implemented, and subjects were becoming more interconnected.

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

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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.

How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades

MindShift

While instruction may challenge kids with no previous exposure to math, it is often not engaging enough for the growing number of kindergarteners with some math skills. It leads to the analytic, higher-level thinking that’s increasingly important.”. Were students willing to take risks?

@Quizizz : Say Goodbye to Worksheets and Crosswords

The CoolCatTeacher

He shares how you can use this tool to teach vocabulary and save time for other things! Download the transcript by clicking here or scroll down to read the transcript on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. to 3.

Avoid the One-Size-Fits-All Classroom

Catlin Tucker

When I volunteer in my children’s elementary classrooms (1st and 3rd grade), I am struck by how frequently the teacher finds time to work directly with small groups of students to offer additional support, review concepts, assess understanding, and practice skills.

Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) Displays: A Maker Education Project

User Generated Education

I have the privilege of working with gifted kids at two elementary schools with over 80% Hispanic students. Using 21st century skills to understand and address global issues. Elaborate, refine, analyze and evaluate their own ideas in order to improve and maximize creative efforts.

Integrating Maker Education into the Curriculum

User Generated Education

Rather than the maker experiences being an after school program, an add on activity, or an activity that is implemented when students have done their regular lessons work, it should be part of the regular, day-to-day curriculum. How does making enhance the lesson? If yes, how?

How social studies can help young kids make sense of the world

The Hechinger Report

One of the longtime goals of public education is to produce young people capable of participating in the democratic process. Ultimately, we can’t prepare children for living in a rich, diverse democracy if we don’t expose them to the controversial topics inherent in our democracy.”.

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

Ask a Tech Teacher

K-6 math curriculum (with a separate program for pre-K) is versatile, easy-to-use, and nicely differentiated for varied learning and teaching strategies. How to use Stepping Stones. Here are some screen grabs of Stepping Stones materials: Click to view slideshow.

I Named My Cat After a Vampire: a post about reading instruction

Kleinspiration

After returning from my amazing visit to the Scholastic Headquarters in New York, I''ve been reflecting on a few of the conversations I had with my new friends. So, I felt the need to share it with all of you. Each of these individuals had so much to offer. How could this be?

Learning About Young Makers

User Generated Education

I am a huge proponent of using hands-on, interactive learning activities to explore ill-defined problems as a way of teaching for all age groups. Young makers need to be given more time, resources, strategies to learn how to solve more ambiguous and ill-defined problems (i.e.,

Here’s what schools need to know about ESSA right now

eSchool News

Recently, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told the Council of Chief State Schools Officers (CCSSO) that states should continue to move forward with their ESSA plans. The Difference between NCLB, ESSA and Common Core.

Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education

User Generated Education

If there is someone other than the teacher managing the makerspace or there is a schedule for the school, your kids may only be able to use it once a week or month. Many of those same qualities are goals of the Common Core State Standards. Post by Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

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Response to the Claim that K has Become the New 1st Grade

Saving Socrates

This post is a response to a rather poorly drafted article in the Washington Post lamenting that Kindergarten has become the new 1st grade. Before reading this post, I strongly suggest you skim the article to better understand my response. Our nation and the left over 1960''s hippies continue to promote non-educationally sound ideas that don''t prepare our kids, or the poor, to really succeed anywhere. I learned how to read fluently by mid 1st grade.

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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. Here are eight reasons why students should always be offered the option of using flexible learning paths such as videos to leverage their ideas: Practice writing skills. Collaborate with a group.

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A study finds promise in project-based learning for young low-income children

The Hechinger Report

A study of project-based learning found that social studies scores were higher for second-grade students who learned this way, compared to students who were taught traditionally. The kids drafted proposals to clean up messy areas and put soft woodchips under the swings.

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Teaching teachers to relinquish control

The Christensen Institute

The new report How to create higher performing, happier classrooms in seven moves: A playbook for teachers ” tells stories of teachers who improved student engagement and academic results by introducing seven specific, practical moves into their classrooms that replicate the successes of top managers in cutting-edge workplaces. To do this, a teacher must free students from teacher-delivered instruction and give them content and lessons that they can learn independently.

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

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a post that recognizes that the Arts must be in STEM! Take some time to enjoy this wonderful journey of STEAM Resources. First, please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans. Do you want to save some cash?

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The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!

Kleinspiration

scroll all the way down to enter the give-away * Many of my teacher friends often do give-aways to honor and thank their loyal readers. I can''t begin to explain what an amazing experience this conference was for those who attended. It’s hard to keep it all in focus.

How Social Studies Can Help Young Kids Make Sense of the World

MindShift

This story about social studies instruction is part of a series about innovative practices in the core subjects in the early grades. One of the longtime goals of public education is to produce young people capable of participating in the democratic process. Howort asked the group.

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Use Unconventional Research Sites to Inspire Students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Isn’t Facebook a place to share personal information, stay in touch with friends and families, post pictures of weddings and birthdays? So why do students turn to it for news? Optionally, they can take a quiz and send results to the teacher. How Stuff Works.

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Massachusetts once had the best state test in the country. Will it again?

The Hechinger Report

As rain poured outside on the chilly evening of February 24, a group of Arlington elementary school parents was imagining a sunnier place — Dorothy’s trip down the yellow brick road. How do those qualities affect her adventures? Related: The 7 steps to making a statewide test.

Steps to Help Low-Income Students Direct Their Own Learning

MindShift

When Susan Wolfe, an elementary school teacher in Boise, Idaho, asks her class the qualities of a good student, kids often list things like: taking responsibility for themselves, doing homework, being good communicators. They want to be needed.” I could not get this kid to do anything.”

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

techlearning

A look at the works of Leonardo da Vinci will attest to this! The very first time I heard the idea of integrating the Arts into STEM education was while watching a keynote made by Daniel Pink at the NECC Conference in Washington DC… yes prior to ISTE Conferences!

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Kids struggle to read when schools leave phonics out

The Hechinger Report

Teachers in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, use a curriculum that mixes teacher-directed whole-class phonics lessons with small-group activities. “It was really looking yourself in the mirror and saying, ‘Which four in 10 students don’t deserve to learn to read?'”