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. To join the celebration, tune into the Twitter chat with me, fellow teachers, and the CME Group’s chief economist on April 26th at noon Eastern Time, using #PowerofEcon. Open Badges in Elementary School.

10 Strategies Designed to Engage Elementary Students Online

Catlin Tucker

” I had several elementary teachers request that I work on a similar blog focused on younger learners. Below are ten strategies I hope will help elementary teachers to engage their young learners online. #1 Group 4-6 students on a shared Google Slide presentation.


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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. 40 straws per group. The Task: Divide the group into small teams of 3 – 4. They must go as one big group, not multiple smaller ones.

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

The Hechinger Report

Leaders in both the private and public sectors recognize the need for a diverse group of scientists, technologists and engineers to create solutions informed by different perspectives that resonate with all of society. To meet this need, we must start young. PALO ALTO, Calif. —

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. At the same time, education experts have been injecting new energy into so-called collaborative learning, where students learn together in small groups, often producing projects together.

Differentiate and Personalize Literacy Instruction for Your Elementary Classroom!


Designed specifically to meet the Common Core and other rigorous state standards, Lexia Reading Core5 provides explicit, systematic, personalized learning in the six areas of reading instruction, and delivers norm and criteria-referenced performance data and analysis without interrupting the flow of instruction to administer a test. Teachers can have three different groups going on at the same time.

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. As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels.

McGraw Hill Announces New Elementary Math Program That Increases Student Curiosity and Confidence

eSchool News

Recent events have reminded us of the need for flexibility and the need for community in educating students,” said Kelly McGrath, Chief Academic Officer for McGraw Hill’s School group.

DigiWriMo, meet the Make Bank

K12 Open Ed

In talking about this with a group of folks last night , someone asked “ As a college student working on my elementary major, how could I use this writing piece in my future classroom?” I’m taking part in another open collaborative learning event in November: DigiWriMo. ” and I immediately thought of the Make Bank.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.) There are 7 challenging games in 1 single app that targets their age group and higher. Students actively explored their assigned local landmarks within their collaborative learning groups.

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.

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. Nationwide, the percentage of Hispanic or Latino adults ages 25 or over with a diploma has risen from 53 percent in 1995 to 72 percent last year, says the advocacy and research group Excelencia in Education.

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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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.

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. For me, it finally gave me the opportunity to create an elementary tech support team. Recently, I asked our elementary teachers what they needed the most in terms of technology professional development.

Teaching Students to Advocate at Their Own IEP Meetings


Did you know that students with disabilities are allowed to attend their own IEP meetings ? Most special education teachers, leaders, and advocates highly encourage students to participate in and eventually lead their IEP meetings.

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. a Bit of Background about Bullying Our school has a bullying program, and we are required to host class meetings. We have used all of Maria''s books in our class meetings. I emailed Maria, and she graciously set up a date to come meet our class.

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. The good news is that teaching them to use technology isn’t difficult. My kindergartners can navigate iPads better than I can.

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!

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. How exciting it was to learn that our students were chosen from a competitive group of applicants to be one of the 24 groups to share in the student showcase!

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. Students at West Elementary School receive incentives like school-wide announcements, special signs on their classroom doors, and pizza parties when their entire class has perfect attendance.

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

The Hechinger Report

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.

How Elementary Teachers are Marking the End of School Amid Grief for Lost Time with Students


That is so hard to not have been able to witness this particular group of children get to that threshold,” she said. For LaNesha Tabb, the arc of the school year is a bit like a joke being played on kindergarten teachers: “You work all year long to get these kids awesome.

Google Jamboard 2021 with Tom Mullaney

The CoolCatTeacher

Receive graduate credit through CAEP and regionally accredited university partners or for continuing education units that meet your state requirements. NOTE: I also recommend the Teachers Using Jamboards Group on Facebook.

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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.

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. If groups can complete all the puzzles and get the correct code in one hour, they successfully “breakout.”. What can they say when they don’t feel heard by the group?

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.

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. At school, she is already stretched thin meeting with students or giving classroom presentations. Sometimes 11-year-old B. comes home from school in tears.

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.

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. ” Young children play outside in the fog at Crocker College Prep, an elementary school in New Orleans. “Shane has been struggling,” she says, describing a meeting just days before between herself, a social worker, a student dean and Shane’s mom.

Math instruction meets a personalized approach

eSchool News

One school is using a personalized and blended math curriculum to help students meet learning goals. MobyMax, a provider of personalized and blended learning curriculum for K-8 students, is helping educators at Georgia’s Screven County Elementary School personalize math instruction to meet the learning needs of every child. He also uses the data from MobyMax’s progress monitoring reports to group students by ability during small-group instruction.

Excellent Free STEM Strategies from TGR Foundation and Discovery

The CoolCatTeacher

Fortunately, TGR Foundation and Discovery Education are partnering to help STEM teachers reach a more diverse group of learners and generate student interest in STEM. Blended Learning and E-Learning Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) How to Guides.

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