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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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.

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.

50 Fun Virtual Activities for Elementary School Students

Waterford

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Hapara

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 .

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.

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

EdTechTeacher

Elementary educators, in particular, understand the need to regulate the amount of time students spend in front of a screen, and many of the activities in an elementary classroom are hands-on, active, and without the need for technology.

Google Classroom Features to Monitor Progress and Provide Feedback in the Elementary Classroom

EdTechTeacher

Google Classroom provides educators with multiple opportunities to monitor student progress and provide timely, targeted feedback. The post Google Classroom Features to Monitor Progress and Provide Feedback in the Elementary Classroom appeared first on EdTechTeacher.

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.

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?

Next Generation Learning: Elementary School

Neo LMS

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.

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.

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.

Elementari

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 !!!

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.

Kansas’ Shawnee Mission School District Initiates New Partnership with Discovery Education Supporting Elementary Science Instruction

eSchool News

SILVER SPRING, MD (Wednesday, January 19, 2022) — Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) in Johnson County, Kansas has initiated a new partnership with Discovery Education supporting science education. Those resources are: The Discovery Education platform.

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.

Elementari

Technology Tidbits

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. Educators are using this easy-to-use tool to have students create interactive digital stories, digital portfolios, presentations, and even choose-your-own-adventures. 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.

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 post Project Based Learning at the Elementary Level: Nine Inspiring Examples appeared first on EdTechTeacher. By Tom Driscoll ( @TomDriscollEDU ).

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.

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.

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. The Secret Agents of Jordan/Jackson Elementary School” in Early Childhood Education Today. Secret Agency on Education World. The Stranger Project on Education World. 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.

Kahoot! Lesson Plan for Elementary Grades

techlearning

Lesson Plan is designed to help educators implement the digital tool into their instructionThis Kahoot!

Creating iChampions in Texas Elementary Schools

Digital Promise

Unlike traditional elementary schools where students have one teacher that teaches them all five topics, students at Hook Elementary belong to pods where they rotate between three teachers who teach Reading and Social Studies, Writing, and Math and Science. Now in its second year, the district’s strategic move towards personalizing education for students has also triggered a transformation in teachers. To learn more about Hook Elementary, visit Hook Elementary’s website.

Iowa’s Southwest Valley Community School District Broadens Partnership with Discovery Education Supporting Science Instruction in Elementary School Classrooms

eSchool News

SILVER SPRING, MD (Tuesday, June 7, 2022) —Iowa’s Southwest Valley Community School District (SVCSD) today announced it is broadening its partnership with Discovery Education to support science education in elementary school classrooms districtwide.

How to Teach Phonics and Decoding Skills to Elementary Students

Waterford

In this article, you’ll learn more about why phonics skills are so important for literacy development, then discover helpful strategies for teaching elementary students—with five free downloadable teacher resources from Waterford.org! Want More Science of Reading?