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). 40 straws per group.

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

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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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Emphasize Flexibility and Adaptability When Grouping Students

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.

Differentiate and Personalize Literacy Instruction for Your Elementary Classroom!


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.

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.

Four tips from a successful elementary school

The Hechinger Report

In this file photo, a student at a Mississippi elementary school reads during class. Although Governor Phil Bryant is considering taking over Jackson Public Schools, which has struggled to improve student achievement and meet accreditation standards, there are bright spots in the district.

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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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.)

Why These Educators Meet Regularly to Align Instruction with Mind, Brain, and Education Research


As an English as an additional language (EAL) support teacher at NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand, I co-teach in four early elementary classrooms, supporting multilingual students who are developing their academic proficiency in English.

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 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.

Where education systems stumble, grassroots groups step in to raise success rates

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Chandra Scott, director of strategic outcomes for the independent nonprofit Mobile Area Education Foundation, sat in on meetings to attract new business to the area, where boosters extolled the education system. “We Bishop State Community College.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Elementary Educators: Q&A With Dr. April DeGennaro

Mindspark Learning

I sat down with April DeGennaro, teacher at Peeples Elementary School in Peachtree City, Georgia this month to discuss why as an elementary school teacher, she has chosen to embrace AI for her own learning and that of her students. April DeGennaro, teacher at Peeples Elementary School.

Where Personalized Learning Meets Social Emotional Learning


And far more than just listening to speakers from a stage, we're crafting time for conference attendees to meet in intimate groups with each other and with speakers to explore the issues and challenges that confront each one. At Fusion, you will meet leading education thinkers and doers from organizations that include the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Digital Promise, FutureReady, LEAP Innovations, KnowledgeWorks, ISTE, Ed-Fi, IMS Global and many others.

Teaching Empathy to Elementary Students Through a Charming Read Aloud


We all met in my colleague''s room to meet and listen to Maria. Maria knew exactly how to handle the group of 70 second graders; she is a former elementary teacher herself. We have used all of Maria''s books in our class meetings.

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.

Amidst Opioid Addiction, Plummeting Morale, One Elementary School Reinvents Itself


When you enter Parker-Varney Elementary School, you are immediately struck by the relaxed atmosphere. As teachers meet and plan project goals with students, they become partners in learning. Across Parker-Varney Elementary, teachers focus on what can work rather than on what is not working. They bring their creations to their peers in a calibration/feedback group before or after school.

16 Free Resources for Schools Who are Closing Due to Coronavirus

The CoolCatTeacher

Join the Facebook group Temporary School Closure Support – many helpful conversations are in there. International Educator Shared Resources Google Doc Google has given Google Hangouts meet premium through July 1 which gives you a way to meet with your students and add video.

This Framework Makes Group Projects More Collaborative—and Individual


Scrum is a way to let individuals shine, even in a group setting. It’s a way to let individuals shine, even in a group setting. Each team has an appointed Scrum master whose role is to preside over meetings and help all members of the team resolve disagreements and overcome problems. Each work session starts and ends with a stand-up meeting at which the team reviews the Scrum board. How does a team of fifth graders collaborate on a coding project?

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What a Makerspace Can Mean for the Writing Classroom—Takeaways from NWP Annual Meeting

Educator Innovator

Librarian and maker Colleen Graves recaps a lively and learner-driven session on makerspaces and embracing making as teachers of writing at the 2016 NWP Annual Meeting. Valerie Jopeck , Elementary Library Education Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA. We also discussed the importance of revision and debugging as a group project. I also realized I need to make time to come to the National Writing Project Meeting EVERY YEAR! What a great group of educators!

Building Teamwork and Perseverance in Early Elementary Students with Breakouts


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.

How Group Therapy at School Helps Kids Manage Trauma, Anxiety


Cresthaven Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md., Created by psychologist Mary Alvord, it’s a form of group therapy designed to help students who are struggling with trauma or cognitive disorders — or everyday anxiety caused by things like bullying or moving schools.

4 tips for incorporating safe, engaging, tech-rich material into early elementary ed

eSchool News

It must meet the standards we’re working on, and it needs to be engaging. We use videos as a whole group in a variety of ways. I love incorporating technology into my curriculum and introducing it to my students in meaningful ways.

Meet the Support Network Addressing Out-Of-School Challenges for Every Student


Steadman, who teaches at Mendell Elementary School in this highly-diverse Boston neighborhood, passed along her concerns to a colleague, Madeline Gillespie, a family support coordinator. Mary Walsh, a researcher, and Pat DiNatale, a school principal, convened a group of other local principals who acknowledged the importance of providing supports to address challenges faced outside of school. And she meets with groups of students during their usual lunch breaks.

When Schools Meet Trauma With Understanding, Not Discipline


That was also true of Crocker College Prep, an elementary school in New Orleans. If students fight, they first work it out through group discussion. Then she started meeting with a school social worker.

How The Morning Meeting Can Transform Classroom Culture

Teaching With Soul

I first learned about the Morning Meeting model, while working as a school principal in an elementary school in Pasadena, CA. The Morning Meeting was actually first proposed to me by a new teacher who had studied it in her pre-service classes. Learn to Use the Morning Meeting.

How The Morning Meeting Can Transform Classroom Culture

Teaching With Soul

I first learned about the Morning Meeting model, while working as a school principal in an elementary school in Pasadena, CA. The Morning Meeting was actually first proposed to me by a new teacher who had studied it in her pre-service classes. Learn to Use the Morning Meeting.

Meet Our Ambassadors: Jennifer Liang

Graphite Blog

The Common Sense Ambassadors are an exceptional group of Common Sense Certified education leaders who share their passion and inspiration about our mission with others. We started using's curriculum, with modifications for our elementary and middle school students this year.

Canadian schools succeed in nudging one minority group to and through college

The Hechinger Report

And policymakers say some of the same approaches could succeed for other groups that go to college at lower levels than whites for surprisingly similar reasons — including, in the United States, Hispanics, blacks, and native Americans. “A

The Power of the Morning Meeting: 5 Steps Toward Changing Your Classroom Culture

Teaching With Soul

“The whole morning meeting not only sets a really good tone for the students, but it sets a tone for me.” When I first learned about the Morning Meeting model, I was working as an elementary school principal in Pasadena, California. Group Activity.

22 Top Tips for Better Classroom Management

The CoolCatTeacher

Competitions, external “judging” or feedback from classroom guests, and opportunities to greet and meet VIP guests and share their work are all ways to reward excellence and encourage students to go above and beyond the rubric. Classroom management can be a challenge.

Connecting School Learning with Local Businesses.even for elementary students.

Tech Helpful

They have brainstormed and were broken up in groups to look at rural, urban, and waterway transportation. Mr. Matthews immediately called the meeting to order and answered the questions on the document for the students.

How Teachers Can Learn From One Another at Unconferences, Meet-ups and Edcamps


Meanwhile, the most enthusiastic listeners whisper to each other, or form mini-groups outside the conference walls, maybe even at a social gathering later that day. Great group at the #brewcue after today at #cuerockstar #rOxnard Rock the @YardHouse

Group withdraws applications to convert remaining traditional schools in New Orleans to charters

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ExCEED Network Schools Charter Management Organization, a new group led by principals and Orleans Parish school district staff, has withdrawn its applications to convert New Orleans’ last five traditional schools to charters. The school board meets tomorrow at 5 p.m.