Effective Grouping Strategies in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Barry Hoonan on episode 539 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today, you’ll get advice for creating grouping strategies for your classroom from an expert teacher and author on the subject. Barry Hoonan, author of What Are You Grouping For?

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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.

Team Building with Elementary Students

User Generated Education

I meet with two groups of gifted elementary students, grades 2nd through 6th, for a full day each week. Task: Split students into groups of 3 to 4 participants and given marshmallows and spaghetti (equal quantities of supplies per group). Materials: One egg per group.

Station Rotation Model: Grouping Strategies

Catlin Tucker

This model is an easier shift for elementary teachers who are already use learning stations with students. Most of us are still be trained to teach using a whole group lesson model, so reimagining a lesson to rotate students through a series of stations feels daunting.

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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.

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.

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.

A Socratic Seminar for Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

I’ve used them successfully in my teaching training classes but never with elementary learners. 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.

Emphasize Flexibility and Adaptability When Grouping Students

edWeb.net

The gifted group. The slow group. The behavioral issues group. Grouping in schools fell out of favor partially because educators—and parents—felt like kids were getting labeled and that groupings didn’t help students improve. before they assign group work.

Using Mind Maps in Elementary

Kleinspiration

Using Mind Maps in Elementary I''ve been using MindMaple for many of my personal and professional organizational needs, and I wanted to see if my seven year old daughter could use the software to create a mind map.

Notes from Code Studio elementary coding training

Dangerously Irrelevant

My notes from yesterday’s Code.org elementary coding workshop… Ben Schafer , University of Northern Iowa, Facilitator. Code.org’s elementary school courses overview [VIDEO]. Code.org elementary curriculum was created in conjunction with Cal-Berkeley. Group breakouts.

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 usually use them for an hour per week with my two groups of gifted learners. The Task: A Small Group Project.

How You Can Encourage Teamwork in Any Elementary Classroom

Kleinspiration

For example, because we have always used ClassDojo as a whole class or small group model, when we notice a friend being respectful, we share it when appropriate. These structures provide a framework for groups to do more than work with one another.

Differentiate and Personalize Literacy Instruction for Your Elementary Classroom!

Kleinspiration

Teachers can have three different groups going on at the same time. Teachers can access a rich archive of student data that allows for better planning to personalize instruction for guided reading groups.

Will new standards improve elementary science education?

The Hechinger Report

Science could be considered the perfect elementary school subject. After practicing as a class, kids broke into small groups to sort more images. Sorting done, the class gathered back on the rug to go through the cards as a group and tell each other how they got their answers.

50+ Free Interactive Games for Elementary

Kleinspiration

over 50 games for EACH grade level ~ ABCya.com is My FAVORITE website for elementary learning! The site is perfect for any elementary grade level. I have the kids work in groups and practice their ability to come to a consensus while supporting each group member''s ideas.

It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

Image credit: [link] The other day I had the unique challenge and opportunity of working with elementary teachers in the Spotswood School District. At the meeting later that day I introduced each of the tools to the group and noted which ones did not require student access to a computer.

High school graduation rates for one important group are starting to get better

The Hechinger Report

Since 2006, the share of California Hispanic 19-year-olds with a high school diploma has increased from 74 percent to 86 percent, according to the Campaign for College Opportunity, a California advocacy group.

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Four tips from a successful elementary school

The Hechinger Report

In this file photo, a student at a Mississippi elementary school reads during class. Kathleen Grigsby principal of Davis Magnet World IB Elementary School, spoke to The Hechinger Report about student success at the school, particularly with early literacy.

Reinventing Group Assignments with Applied Digital Skills

EdTechTeam

The benefits of group projects in the classroom are immeasurable. One of the headaches that come with group assignments is that they often result in an uneven distribution of work; one or two students complete a majority of the assignment while others are less involved.

Draw and Tell: Create Animated Screencasts with Elementary Students – From Tom

EdTechTeacher

Simply drag your created scenes to reorder them or drag one on top of another to create a group. The post Draw and Tell: Create Animated Screencasts with Elementary Students – From Tom appeared first on EdTechTeacher. This post first appeared on Free Technology for Teachers.

Figuring out flexibility in an elementary classroom

The Christensen Institute

” In retrospect, 5th-grade teacher Diane Johnson laments the lack of diversity of students’ experiences in her first blended-learning classroom at Orr Elementary School. She started off her class with a whole-group lesson, then moved students through three different 15-minute stations—one station was the adaptive assessment and instructional tool i-Ready, another was math games, and a third was independent work based on the lesson.

CodeMonkey Acquired by TAL Education Group

Edsurge

Save the world” said today that it has been acquired by Beijing-based TAL Education Group. About three-quarters of the elementary and middle schools in Israel use CodeMonkey, which provides guided lesson plans, tutorials and a teacher dashboard for tracking student progress. The invitation-only event drew a high-profile group of Chinese government, university and industry leaders. BEIJING – CodeMonkey caught more than a few bananas today.

Using Interactive Whiteboards in Elementary Classroom

Kleinspiration

Moreover, it is an ultimate necessity for my elementary classes. Any educator will agree group work and cooperation in classroom not only contribute to more profound learning practices but also ensure kids to be better team members for the future.

Elementary Technology Favorites by Grade Level

Tech Helpful

One of the things shared was the list of "tried and true" technology usage by grade level at our elementary school. They are assigned a topic and divided into specific groups (as known as typical collaborative learning groups.)

Year Two - Elementary Tech Team Plan

Tech Helpful

Our elementary school creates an opportunity for our fourth and fifth-grade students to take part in Friday afternoon electives where they choose from about 7- 8 choices that teachers lead from their passions.

How To Take the "Guess Work" Out of "Group Work" to Encourage Project Based Learning

Kleinspiration

As my small groups rotate in stations during math, each group can work on problems together. I love this idea because even though I may not be with that group, I can still have insight into what they're working on and how they're processing the skill or concept.

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Will New Standards Improve Elementary Science Education?

MindShift

Science could be considered the perfect elementary school subject. After practicing as a class, kids broke into small groups to sort more images. Sorting done, the class gathered back on the rug to go through the cards as a group and tell each other how they got their answers.

Elementary Success with Empathy and Design Thinking by @SamPatue

My Paperless Classroom

A group of our teachers went the Neuva School's Design Thinking Institute this summer and we met today to plan the roll out, happening tomorrow. The post Elementary Success with Empathy and Design Thinking by @SamPatue appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network.

How one Mississippi elementary school improved to an A rating

The Hechinger Report

In this file photo, a student reads in a Mississippi elementary school. In 2010, a year after Andrea Pastchal-Smith became principal of West Elementary School, formerly named West Oktibbeha County Elementary, the struggling school earned an “Academic Watch” rating from the state.

Working in a group might be the best way to help kids meet individual goals, study says

The Hechinger Report

More group work was associated with greater individual gains in a new study. I visited many elementary and middle schools where students, with bulging headphones wrapped over their heads, stared at separate computers, each learning something different at the same moment.

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Some of The Best Storytelling Apps for Elementary Students

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

April 2, 2015 The apps below are particularly useful for elementary students but they can also be used with other age groups. Elementary teachers often complain about the paucity of apps that are.read more. iPad digital storytelling apps iPad elementary apps

The Beauty of Ownership and Belonging: Elementary Tech Teams

Tech Helpful

These elective opportunities gave me the possibility of having an elementary tech team. Because this group of educators really seemed to be taking ownership of this new "tech team" concept, I chose to apply.

Building Teamwork and Perseverance in Early Elementary Students with Breakouts

MindShift

Sutherland immediately thought of Breakouts, activities based on the popular escape room experience where groups of people working together under time pressure solve a series of puzzles. The goal of a Breakout is for groups of students to work together to solve a series of puzzles.

Creating an Elementary Tech Team

Tech Helpful

For a couple of years I've been trying to figure out a way to have an elementary tech team.I Our elementary school is piloting the idea of elective Friday's for fourth and fifth grade students.