Offering Electives to Elementary Students

User Generated Education

It is not clear to me why elementary students are rarely offered elective courses. I never understood why elementary students aren’t shown the bigger picture of a lesson, unit, or course. I have the privilege of teaching gifted elementary students at a few Title 1 schools.

Social Entrepreneurship with Elementary Students: A Perfect STEAM Lesson

User Generated Education

Entrepreneurship education benefits students from all socioeconomic backgrounds because it teaches kids to think outside the box and nurtures unconventional talents and skills. I have done a social entrepreneurship unit with three groups of gifted students, grades 3rd through 6th.


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In elementary classrooms, demand grows for play-based learning

The Hechinger Report

But it wasn’t indoor recess — play is one of the ways students learn every day in O’Brien’s science and social studies class at Shidler Elementary School. At Shidler Elementary, most students qualify for free and reduced lunch and test scores have historically been low.

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. It’s important for parents and for educators to be intentional about preparing our young people for the world that they are inheriting and living in.

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. Helen Kardiasmenos is an Innovative classroom and online educator located in Sydney, Australia. She has a Masters of Education (Knowledge Networks & Digital Innovation) from Charles Sturt University and is interested in digital game-based learning, innovative pedagogies and underpinning learning with technology.

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?

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.

iPads to Differentiate Instruction in Early Elementary Education

The CoolCatTeacher

Today as our ongoing spotlight this week on K-2 education, we focus on iPads with younger students and differentiating instruction with them. Emily Lynch is a third-grade teacher at Meadowbrook Elementary in the North Kansas City School District. The post iPads to Differentiate Instruction in Early Elementary Education appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

Cry On The Last Day of School, Too (on Abbott Elementary)

The Jose Vilson

So at the end of season 1 of Abbott Elementary when we see the protagonist Ms. For America, Abbott Elementary has offered a plethora of laughs and moments of cringe. As many as 570,000 educators have left the profession, depending on how you look at the numbers.

Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

I use the following activities to introduce elementary students to the design thinking process. Introducing the general design process to elementary student occurs through showing the following video about the engineering process: The Task: Build the Highest Tower. The second part of the introducing elementary-level learners to the design process is introducing them to empathy and its connection to the design process.

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. 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.

How to Differentiate Instruction in Elementary Math

Cool Cat Teacher

Understandably, kindergarten and elementary teachers need to reach every student where they are on their learning journey, but it isn't always easy. Episode 793 - The 10 Minute Teacher Podcast How to Differentiate Math Instruction in the Elementary Classroom Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson.

50 Fun Virtual Activities for Elementary School Students


Teachers, we know how hard it can be to plan remote activities that are engaging and educational. The first section includes 25 educational tools that can help you plan online activities for your classroom. 25 Online Educational Activities for Classrooms.

Meet The Inspiring Elementary Spanish Teacher #GiveGreatness

The CoolCatTeacher

Evelyn Hamlin is a teacher who teaches her whole elementary curriculum in Spanish. Nominate an Educator You Know for SMART’s Giving Greatness Contest. Don’t miss YOUR chance to nominate an inspiring educator and qualify you both to win an incredible classroom technology package! ” The post Meet The Inspiring Elementary Spanish Teacher #GiveGreatness appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

Coronavirus Chronicles 005 – Mabel Rush Elementary School

Dangerously Irrelevant

I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of 10-minute check-ins with educators all over. Thank you, Tim Lauer , for sharing how Mabel Rush Elementary School in Newberg, Oregon is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities.

Team Building with Elementary Students

User Generated Education

Yes, there are mounds of curricula students must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test. I meet with two groups of gifted elementary students, grades 2nd through 6th, for a full day each week. Education communication group initiatives problem-solving SEL social-emotional learning team building

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. Examples: Education brain cooperative learning experiential learning neuroscience STEMJudy Willis in How to Teach Students About the Brain writes: If we want to empower students, we must show them how they can control their own cognitive and emotional health and their own learning. Teaching students how the brain operates is a huge step.

Coronavirus Chronicles 034 – Highland Park Elementary

Dangerously Irrelevant

I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of check-ins with educators all over. Thank you, Nancy Flynn, for sharing how Highland Park Elementary in St. Conversation series with educators during the pandemic.

Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns

The CoolCatTeacher

She has authored three books on how to integrate technology into the elementary music classroom. She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year, 2016 NJ Master Music Teacher, 2016 Governor’s Leader in Arts Education, and the 2017 NJ Nonpublic School Teacher of the Year Awards. ” The post Seesaw in the Elementary Music Classroom with Amy Burns appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

5 steps to an engaging online elementary program

eSchool News

Elementary education is the foundation for early learning, providing students with the skills and community they need for future success in school and life. Online learning has become a growing trend among K-12 students, including elementary students.

Why we should let online elementary students lead

eSchool News

The role of elementary teachers has never been more important, especially as kindergarten through fifth grade students today are facing more change than ever before–from the effects of the pandemic to social media and stressful current events being right at their fingertips.

5 simple ways to integrate STEAM education into elementary classrooms

eSchool News

As educators, our goal is to shape our students’ lives by teaching them in ways that produce well rounded individuals. Whether STEAM education is new to you or you’re already familiar with it, it’s a great way to excite students about learning.

It’s Elementary: Targeted K12 Leadership Development for Tackling Big Problems

Education Elements

A sampling of headlines from Education Weekly in February 2020 highlight social and emotional learning , the role of technology in education, and the importance of effective school leadership.

Creating Your Dream Elementary Classroom


Creating Your Dream Elementary Classroom is the book for you, writes teacher educator Linda Biondi. Book Reviews Class Space Design Becky Hunt elementary classroom eye on education families guide Linda Biondi mentors Routledge set-up trainers welcoming studentsWondering how to set up your new classroom? Or just ready to make some changes in your familiar space? It's filled with ideas from pros to benefit newbies and vets in grades K-6.

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. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) showed one-third of fourth graders in the state performing below the basic reading level in 2019.

Coronavirus Chronicles 027 – Marion-Walker Elementary School

Dangerously Irrelevant

I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of 10- to 15-minute check-ins with educators all over. Thank you, Karen Krisch , for sharing how Marion-Walker Elementary School in Pennsylvania is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities.

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?

Differentiating Instruction in Kindergarten and Elementary Grades with Laura Robb

Cool Cat Teacher

Furthermore, kindergarten and elementary grades are fundamental. EXTENDED EPISODE - Episode #791- The 10 Minute Teacher Podcast Differentiating Reading Instruction in Kindergarten through Elementary Laura Robb, Reading Expert. She writes articles for education journals and blogs.

A Socratic Seminar for Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

In line with the theme of this blog, student-centric and user generated educational techniques. I’ve used them successfully in my teaching training classes but never with elementary learners. In the Socratic method of education, teachers engage students by asking questions that require generative answers. I introduced the Socratic Seminar to my two groups gifted elementary learners, ages 7 to 12, through the following slidedeck and by using Dr. Seuss’s Sneetches.

Video Game Design with Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

In order to support interest and passion driven learning (all – I mean all – of my students play video games) as well as address cross-curricular content area integration of language arts, science, and technology standards, I had my gifted elementary learners, grades 2 through 6, do a semester long project on video game design.

Elementary Engineering: An Early Start on STEM


Focus on gifting our younger students with a broad range of inquiry experiences and collaborative know-how, writes STEM education expert Anne Jolly. Elementary STEM STEM By Design anne jolly collaboration elementary STEM engineering design process inquiry based learning problem solving professional development teams technologyIt's true. Teachers in K-6 need to prepare students for STEM and engineering careers that don’t exist yet. The solution?

eSpark: The FREE Differentiation Tool for Elementary Reading and Math

Cool Cat Teacher

eSpark is a free no-prep solution that teachers of math and reading at the elementary level need to try. I recommend that Math and Language Arts teachers of elementary-aged students check out eSpark. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Next Generation Learning: Elementary School


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. Next Generation Learning: Elementary School. Redwood Heights Elementary School (RHS) is an elementary school in Oakland, California. A diverse student population requires culturally competent educators. The post Next Generation Learning: Elementary School appeared first on NEO BLOG.


Technology Tidbits

*UPDATE - An educational portal has been completed allowing educators to create student accounts (up to 30 for free) and approve all stories before being published!!! Elementari is a wonderful new site for digital storytelling and project based learning that I just found out about from Larry Ferlarzzo's excellent blog. I highly recommend checking out Elementari by clicking here !!!

Robotics and Computer Science for Elementary Level Learners

User Generated Education

I absolutely love all of the new robotics toys that have been coming out for elementary age learners. I have been using them for my summer maker camp, with my gifted education classes, and for my upcoming Saturday morning program. The free SPRK education program (which can be used with both Sphero and Ollie) has series of lab exercises to teach kids programming and robotics concepts. Teacher’s guide can be downloaded: quirkbot-educators-guide-v0-9.

Bringing Robotics to a STEAM Elementary School

MIND Research Institute

So much so that the ultimate frisbee champion and class valedictorian mentioned it while delivering his graduation speech to the students of Amelia Earhart Options for Knowledge Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois, last month. Corinna Chau, Education Partnerships Manager.

Creating Elementary Portfolios with SeeSaw

The CoolCatTeacher

If you’re using iPads, your whole elementary school can have their own personal portfolios in a safe, private way. Workflow using SeeSaw in the elementary Classroom. She currently serves as an Instructional Technology Specialist in Cherokee County, GA, and is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, a Common Sense Ambassador, and a Seesaw Ambassador.

OPINION: Distrust of science in the coronavirus era reminds us why we must boost elementary science education

The Hechinger Report

Related: The worrying state of science education. As science educators, we need to prepare our entire population to use and apply the practices and knowledge of science in novel ways, including working together to solve vexing and complex problems like pandemics and climate change.

From digital citizenship to digital leadership in a South Carolina elementary school


I am currently a fifth grade teacher and Digital Learning Coach at Oak Grove Elementary School in Lexington, South Carolina. Being in an elementary classroom, it is hard to help students understand how their digital habits affect themselves and others. Where we started .

MIND Research Institute Debuts InsightMath, a Neuroscience-Based Elementary Curriculum

eSchool News

Building on 25 years of math learning research and proven results with the PreK-8 visual instructional program ST Math, InsightMath was co-designed in collaboration with neuroscientists, researchers, educators, students, and families to give meaning to math for all students. IRVINE, Calif.