Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

The CoolCatTeacher

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades. 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.”. So, Steve, as we finish up, could you give us a 30-second pep talk on why we need to have computing and computational thinking in the elementary grades?

Teaching Elementary-Level Learners About the Brain

User Generated Education

Here is a run down of the learning activities I did with my gifted elementary students to teach them about their brains: Introduction to the Brain. Cards were created that had parts of the brain images on one of the paired cards and the definitions on the other. Students were asked to read aloud the definitions when they match a pair.

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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. TRANSCRIPT #01: Awesome Apps for iPads in the Elementary Classroom.

Will new standards improve elementary science education?

The Hechinger Report

Science could be considered the perfect elementary school subject. Most elementary school teachers have little scientific background and many say they feel unprepared to teach the subject well, according to a national survey of science and mathematics education conducted by a North Carolina research firm in 2012. It’s one of three elementary school science curriculums Callahan is helping to pilot now that her district decided to re-commit to elementary science education.

To Combat the ‘COVID Slide,’ Tutoring Program Pairs Elementary Schoolers with College Students

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In addition to providing a rigorous, standards-based curriculum to children in the program, it was also important to the former governor and his wife that the tutoring be held in person, as they felt the college students could be good role models and possible mentors to the elementary-age students.

Stop! Why the mis-definition of student equity needs to end

eSchool News

” These wise words, from a Florida elementary school principal, get to the core of a new look at barriers to equity in education. “Equity doesn’t mean the same for everyone; it means that everyone gets what they need.” Teachers and principals surveyed in a new Scholastic Education report universally agree that equity in education for all children should be a national priority.

5 Tools to Teach Coding to Late Elementary Students

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I like this as a starting place for late elementary because there is so much I can do with it. Root's functionality for late elementary starts with the app. It allows me to start students who have never done anything off with an arrow based coding that is both functional and not overly childish where it turns off older elementary students. Code.org This seems like a no-brainer, but Code.org is a great place to start with late elementary coding because it's free.

Will New Standards Improve Elementary Science Education?

MindShift

Science could be considered the perfect elementary school subject. Most elementary school teachers have little scientific background and many say they feel unprepared to teach the subject well, according to a national survey of science and mathematics education conducted by a North Carolina research firm in 2012. It’s one of three elementary school science curriculums Callahan is helping to pilot now that her district decided to re-commit to elementary science education.

Google Classroom Bootcamp Duo Demo: Student and Teacher Views

The CoolCatTeacher

All Grades All Subjects Assessment Blended Learning and E-Learning College (aged 18+) Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Flat Classroom and Global Collaboration Gsuite and Google Apps High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) How to Guides.

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The Social Media Game Elementary School Students Should Be Playing

The Innovative Educator

Most recently I had the opportunity to speak with hundreds of elementary students about social media and which platforms they are using. They definitely knew how to handle it. Now check out who is behind the creation of MovieStar Planet: The Danish Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation in cooperation with The Danish University of Education, and a number of elementary school teachers.In I''m a student voice advocate.

Three ways to help end the disconnect between pre-k and early elementary education

The Hechinger Report

Pre-K to Kindergarten Transition: As children move from their pre-K classroom into kindergarten, they need support and guidance and strong ties should exist between the pre-K program and the feeder elementary school. Alyssa Auck. In the world of early learning policy, the disconnect between pre-K and K-3 policy is a popular topic of discussion.

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. Aaron: Oh, most definitely. Aaron Marvel on episode 158 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Aaron Marvel talks about research schools.

7 Ideas for Student Genius Hour and Passion Projects

The CoolCatTeacher

However, if you look at the definition of the word, you’ll find: 1. All Subjects Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) How to Guides. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Genius hour and passion projects are transformational. Now, I strive to have personal interest projects for just about everything.

23 Gsuite Ideas to Excite Your Kids About Learning #iste19 #notatiste19

The CoolCatTeacher

You’d definitely want to check the transcript and show notes for all of these ideas. You’ll definitely want to go to Eric’s website Control Alt Achieve and his YouTube channel. Those can be done for actual motivation topics or you can pick a vocab term of the week and then add an appropriate image to go with it and a definition in your own terms.

How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

It may be not full of earthly riches, but definitely full of meaning and full of legacy. Transcribed by Kymberli Mulford Biography as Submitted Tom Loud is a first-grade teacher at Middlesettlements Elementary in Tennessee. Loud’s passions are technology integration in the elementary grades, along with teacher motivation. All Subjects Best of the Podcast Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Innovation Kindergarten (ages 3-6) Teachers Thought Leader Thursday

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Should rich families be allowed to fundraise a better public school education for their kids?

The Hechinger Report

This year, the Green Lake Parent Teacher Association paid about half that much to cover the cost of the elementary school’s vocal teacher and a portion of a full-time counselor’s salary, among other supports for students.

5 Ways Adobe Premiere Rush Encourages Creativity in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

I do encourage students to “sandbox” or play as they are using the app the first time and this is definitely something they can get creative with for that first video.

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Imagining the Awesome Future of Automobiles

The CoolCatTeacher

Definitely, download the lesson plan and entry forms now. Art and Music Teachers Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Free Resources Gifted Teachers High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) Innovation Kindergarten (ages 3-6) Lesson Plans Maker Movement Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) Parents Project Based Learning Science Teachers STEM Students Teachers Web ToolsHelp Your Students Enter the U.S.

5 Ways to Bring Computational Thinking and STEM Together

The CoolCatTeacher

We know as science teachers, that’s definitely something you’re doing in the science and engineering field. Definitely. Definitely not. 5 Idea Friday Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) Innovation iPads IT Coaches and Directors Mac Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) Science Teachers STEM Teachers Tech Tips Technology Tools Web Tools Windows-PC

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Wade King: Find Your Classroom Creativity Wildcard

The CoolCatTeacher

And so focusing on that — yes, you definitely get burnt out. But it definitely helps you when you think about, “Okay, what am I doing this for? So being able to do that can definitely liven up your classroom to help ignite that creative aspect. So educators, creativity is definitely a part of being remarkable. Wade King on episode 301 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

5 Ideas for Technology Stations

The CoolCatTeacher

Leslie Swanson-Anaya @InspiredLeslie elementary teacher of the year for Texas region 15 has ideas for awesome technology stations. And we forgot to mention that you’re actually an Elementary Teacher of the Year in Texas for Region 15, so these are elementary kids doing these really cool projects. Leslie: My fifth one would definitely be LearnZillion. The best learning that I’ve had thus far was definitely at ISTE 17.

Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards and Flipgrid Reading Circles

The CoolCatTeacher

I’ve been sharing the task board with other teachers, and other teachers have been hopping on board sharing what they’ve done, so it’s definitely kind of catching fire in our school, I see them kind of using it on Twitter and other different places, so it’s very exciting. I mean, I think that we as teachers are teaching a lot more intentionally as we did before when I first started teaching, definitely.

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PROOF POINTS: Slim research evidence for summer school

The Hechinger Report

One of the most rigorous summer school studies looked at an unnamed Northeastern city that made summer school mandatory to elementary school children who failed year-end tests.

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5 Googley Ways to Celebrate Poetry Month

The CoolCatTeacher

Eric: You could definitely use these with your elementary students without a doubt. The idea is that since the words that I chose are the Dolch words, the first about hundred or so are those words — those are definitely words that students are learning in K-1-2. You could definitely use this with your lower elementary students. So it definitely scales up for upper elementary and for middle school kids as well.

Why I Use Edpuzzle: An Edpuzzle Review

The CoolCatTeacher

You can also add audio notes with your voice, but sometimes I want to include a definition or detail. All Subjects Assessment Chromebooks College (aged 18+) Data Driven Instruction Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Gsuite and Google Apps High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) How to Guides. Sponsored by Edpuzzle From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Edpuzzle solves so many of my flipped classroom problems.

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Passion Projects in Kindergarten and First Grade

The CoolCatTeacher

I think this whole passion project was definitely more about the process than the product. Currently, she teaches and learns in a first grade classroom at Evening Street Elementary in Worthington, Ohio. All Subjects Blended Learning and E-Learning Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) How to Guides. Lindsey Danhoff on episode 308 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

PROOF POINTS: Paper beats pixels on most picture books, research finds

The Hechinger Report

The pop up definitions could distract children from the narrative, harming comprehension, but were effective in teaching new vocabulary words, which is desirable.

K-6 Educational Music Videos: Selecting the Right Videos for Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Joanna is an elementary teacher and Matt is a songwriter from Las Vegas. I guess that just has to be part of it in the elementary grades? So I feel like music has a place in the classroom and it is definitely underutilized. Joanna: I would definitely say in my experience, because of the level of desperation and low-funding for educators a lot of times they will go with the cheapest option, not necessarily the best option. But it definitely confuses them.

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23+ Tips to Help Kids Organize by Learning Styles

The CoolCatTeacher

Because using audio and video may drain the battery of a smart device, you definitely need a rechargeable power bank for whichever device these students are using. All Grades All Subjects Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) How to Guides. Sponsored by Staples From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

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Parents fighting, teachers crying: Grownup stress is hitting kids hard

The Hechinger Report

And because there’s more negative emotion with the virus and we’re all trapped in the house together, the stress is definitely amplified.”. It was definitely weird to see moments of weakness in my teachers. A bad interaction with a teacher can definitely ruin a day,” she said.

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Books to Africa and A Personal Transformation to a Global Educator

The CoolCatTeacher

Most definitely. Julie Hembree is definitely somebody you want to follow. Julie Hembree is a teacher-librarian at Cougar Ridge Elementary School near Seattle, WA. Art and Music Teachers Education ELA/ ELL Teachers Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Flat Classroom and Global Collaboration Gifted Teachers Innovation Librarians Poverty Society and Ethics Teachers Wonderful Classroom Wednesday

How to improve schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to students

The Hechinger Report

Our teachers and administrators are definitely doing their best to make everyone wear masks, but there’s always the kids that won’t,” she said. This is probably above them, but if masks could be made mandatory, that would definitely be a better step in the direction of overall safety.”.

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Effective Digital Citizenship Education

The CoolCatTeacher

It’s definitely a work in progress. It can even be done in the elementary curriculum. I’ve been working a little bit with some folks in the elementary world, which is a stretch for me. All Grades All Subjects Digital Citizenship Edtech Tool Tuesday Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Flat Classroom and Global Collaboration High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) How to Guides.

Kayla Delzer: 3 Ways to Promote Student Leadership in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

You’re an elementary teacher right? I think this is an important shift that needs to be made, especially in elementary classrooms. I might as well follow all of their rules, which I still do, and I definitely feel whenever my mom and dad went to parent-teacher conferences, even though I don’t think I did anything wrong, in the back of my mind I was thinking, “Oh my gosh. And I definitely have kids who have behavior issues going on in the classroom.

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How do you teach antiracism to the youngest students?

The Hechinger Report

and Rosa Parks at her Katy, Texas, elementary school in the Houston area. It was definitely painted in the light that ‘these problems are in the past,’ and ‘America is the land of the free’ and ‘everyone is equal here.’ ”. Katie Cryan Leary, principal, Magnolia Elementary, Seattle.