Station Rotation Model: Grouping Strategies

Catlin Tucker

This model is an easier shift for elementary teachers who are already use learning stations with students. Unfortunately, most secondary teachers do not learn how to design lessons using stations in credential school. 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. That said, there are clear advantages to using this model at the secondary level.

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It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

Superintendent Scott Rocco provided me with a great opportunity to not only work with teachers in his district, but to also push me outside my comfort zone, which has always been secondary education. Image credit: [link] The other day I had the unique challenge and opportunity of working with elementary teachers in the Spotswood School District. As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels.

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Will new standards improve elementary science education?

The Hechinger Report

Science could be considered the perfect elementary school subject. Most elementary school teachers have little scientific background and many say they feel unprepared to teach the subject well, according to a national survey of science and mathematics education conducted by a North Carolina research firm in 2012. After practicing as a class, kids broke into small groups to sort more images. The post Will new standards improve elementary science education?

Planning for Elementary School Closures #CoronaVirus #CoVid19 #RemoteLearning

The Innovative Educator

In the age of technology, planning for secondary students has become a bit easier as many schools already use platforms like Google Classroom, Schoology, or Microsoft Teams. Additionally, childcare is not as a big of a concern for older children, but what about elementary school students? Set up a private group, using your school's email address. Designate group administrators and moderators. Set the group rules. Schools being closed is nothing new.

10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices – Free Webinar

The CoolCatTeacher

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Morningside College and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota. She is also a former teacher and principal, leading one of the first elementary STEM schools in the state of Iowa.

Will New Standards Improve Elementary Science Education?

MindShift

Science could be considered the perfect elementary school subject. Most elementary school teachers have little scientific background and many say they feel unprepared to teach the subject well, according to a national survey of science and mathematics education conducted by a North Carolina research firm in 2012. After practicing as a class, kids broke into small groups to sort more images.

GeoGuessr- Build critical thinking skills with this map-based game

iLearn Technology

I think GeoGuessr is best as a small group or class activity where students can work collaboratively to solve the challenge together. Analyze Apply collaboration Evaluate Fun & Games Geography Inquiry Interactive Whiteboard iOS Language Arts Math Middle/High School Primary Elementary Secondary Elementary Social Studies Virtual Field Trips Websites conversion game geoguessr inquiry location map metric units story virtual field trip

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

The Hechinger Report

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. Besides ExCEED’s withdrawal, the school district has all but decided to operate Mahalia Jackson Elementary School for one more year and then close it down. Charter schools are publicly funded but run by private nonprofit groups.

10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Morningside College and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota. She is also a former teacher and principal, leading one of the first elementary STEM schools in the state of Iowa.

We’ll provide the environment, your job is to flourish… Join us in February!

iLearn Technology

If you want to bring a group to 5Sigma, contact me and I’ll see how I can help you out. 5Sigma Anastasis Academy education reform inspiration Middle/High School Primary Elementary professional development Secondary Elementary Subject Teacher Resources 2018 5sigma anastasis academy classroom conference education conference environment flourish intention learning pd word of the year2018 is almost here.

Making & Science with Google

iLearn Technology

Most activities take 15-30 minutes, so would be the perfect length for groups of students to visit as a center if you have a few devices for students to use. What it is: Making & Science is an initiative by Google aimed at showing students that anyone can be a maker or a scientist. Using the featured Science Journal app (Android and Chromebook only), students can measure light, sound, and more.

SumBlox: explore number relationships through visual/kinesthetic play

iLearn Technology

Students can stack multiples of a number to represent abstract math concepts like multiplication grouping or addens of ten. Analyze Anastasis Academy Apply Create Evaluate Fun & Games Inquiry iPod Knowledge (remember) Math Primary Elementary Secondary Elementary Teacher Resources Understand (describe, explain) addition algebra blocks fractions kinesthetic manipulatives mathematics maths number relationships numeracy subtraction sumblox visual

Virtual Escape Room

iLearn Technology

How to use Virtual Escape Room in your classroom: The Virtual Escape Room is a great way for your students to work in small groups to solve a mystery together using critical thinking and problem solving. Put students together in groups of 3-4 students to solve these problems on classroom computers, using an interactive whiteboard as a center, or on individual devices. What it is: I’m telling you, the edublog alliance I created in 2010 is like the gift that keeps on giving.

Wildly Audacious Goals and the Power of One

iLearn Technology

In the first week of this inquiry block, a group of three students came to me and asked if they could stay in for recess. The kids split into groups as part of their inquiry block to think about ways that they could raise money. In 2010, I thought that technology might be the savior of education. I created the Learning Genome Project as an attempt to make it possible to personalize education for every child.

What makes your school/PD/conference different?

iLearn Technology

We make decisions for students as if they are a homogeneous group, or worse, a number. We remembered what it is like to be a “new” teacher again, the fish-out-of-water feeling that comes from having a loose inquiry plan with a different age group. The first question that I get asked when people find out that I’ve started a school: what makes Anastasis Academy different? And this is a tricky one to answer, because the truth is EVERYTHING makes us different.

New data: Even within the same district some wealthy schools get millions more than poor ones

The Hechinger Report

O’Neal Elementary School, in Elgin, Illinois, none of the third graders could read and write at grade level according to state tests in 2019. Just nine miles away sits Centennial Elementary School, where 73 percent of third graders met grade-level standards on that same test.

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“What if we started a school?” – Come see us in action!

iLearn Technology

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How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

This fun, visual tool lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners. 03:39 Karen V: What I learned… I was privileged to go back for a second time as a study group leader to Project Zero a couple years after my initial experience there. There’s videos out there so that you can see what this actually looks like in a classroom, whether it’s early childhood, middle childhood, if it’s secondary.

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Substitute teacher crisis forces districts to turn to local businesses and recent grads

The Hechinger Report

Retired teachers, a group districts often tap for help, have opted not to sub and risk exposure to the virus, while parents who seek substitute jobs for part-time income have stayed home to supervise children learning online. Eleven students were at their desks at Norton Elementary School.

Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex

The CoolCatTeacher

And then when they’re in class with the teacher, the teacher can work with one student or a group of students or even the whole class — depending upon what they’re trying to get at — to help them better internalize the direct instruction they’ve been watching. That can free up the teacher to spend more individual time with students in small groups, facilitating the learning at that level.

Who is the new U.S. Education Secretary, Miguel Cardona?

The Hechinger Report

Cardona probably first caught the collective eye of the state’s education and political leaders in 2010 when he was appointed co-chairman of a legislative task force studying the state’s intractable academic achievement gap between racial and socioeconomic groups. FROM OUR PARTNER.

Flash & Thunder- Part graphic novel, part game, all fun and learning

iLearn Technology

You might want a few copies so that students can read together and work through the game and missions together in a book group. 5Sigma Analyze Anastasis Academy Apply Evaluate Geography Government History Interactive book Interactive Whiteboard iPod Language Arts Primary Elementary Secondary Elementary Technology Websites adventure barnes and nobel challenge comprehension game graphic novel inquiry INVICTA ios iPad leadership literacy maps reading video game

OPINION: Singing in the parking lot, and other pandemic strategies for music students

The Hechinger Report

During the pandemic, elementary and high school students have still been getting access to quality music education in some cases, as their teachers learn to adapt. Music in my elementary and secondary education was so critical to my well-being that I pursued it as a career. The concert band of 75 students has been divided into groups of 25 that meet once a week. Consuming and making music alone can be lonely.

To test or not to test? Educators weigh the value of standardized testing during a pandemic

The Hechinger Report

Kline said she’s confident more students will take the end-of-year tests in March and April, when the city’s elementary schools are scheduled to be open to all students. Students in a third-grade class at a California elementary school participate in silent reading.

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How to raise rural enrollment in higher education? Go local

The Hechinger Report

Plus, the student said, “kids in friend groups that don’t go to college tend not to go to college.”. Texas got rootEd’s attention, she said, because a new education finance law , HB3, includes funding to encourage post-secondary enrollment that could help support their efforts there.

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Powerful Leadership, Vision, and Problem Solving for Districts

The CoolCatTeacher

The Kids Discover online platform lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners at three different lexiles. Vicki: What are the things that you ask these group to do, as they work with you to improve your school? How do you make time for meetings with these groups? And within that strategic plan, there are components and times that are set aside to meet with those individual groups.

When kids go back to school, who’s going to drive the bus?

The Hechinger Report

In Oregon, nearly 40 percent of school bus drivers fall into that vulnerable age group. 210,000 — The number of bus drivers working directly for elementary and secondary schools in the U.S.

10 Ways to Move Forward: Learning Gaps and Post Pandemic Learning [Free Webinar]

The CoolCatTeacher

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Morningside College and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota. She is also a former teacher and principal, leading one of the first elementary STEM schools in Iowa.

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The ‘Katrina-to-Covid Class’: How the coronavirus era affects New Orleans students more acutely

The Hechinger Report

Because when kids feel safe and connected in school, that becomes a secondary line of defense for them if things should happen at home.”. When she was attending first grade at Willie Smith Elementary in Violet, her mom died.

Avoid the One-Size-Fits-All Classroom

Catlin Tucker

When I volunteer in my children’s elementary classrooms (1st and 3rd grade), I am struck by how frequently the teacher finds time to work directly with small groups of students to offer additional support, review concepts, assess understanding, and practice skills. At the secondary level scenes like this are less frequent. I’ve affectionately termed the group that works with me “Tucker Time.”

Panel Presentations: Connect Students with a Real Audience

Catlin Tucker

I find it interesting that most teachers at the secondary level do not ask parents to come into the classroom to help out. I regularly volunteer in my children’s elementary classrooms, but I rarely have parents volunteer to come into my high school class. Secondary teachers are juggling so many students that it’s challenging to provide meaningful and timely feedback all by ourselves.

Modernizing student evaluation in 3 steps

eSchool News

The Algoma District School Board (ADSB), located in Ontario, Canada, serves a diverse group of 9,400 students across 39 elementary and 10 secondary schools. Through our strategic priorities of achievement, well-being and engagement, we seek to graduate confident learners, caring citizens.

Inspiration Stations: A Creative Spin on the Station Rotation

Catlin Tucker

spend more time working in small groups with students. Unfortunately, it’s rare to see students engage in play at school after they’ve left elementary school, but secondary students need this time too. One group composed and recorded a song while another station was focused on building a 3D art project. One group decided to write a proposal for a student designed Donors Choose project.

3 Key Social Media Platforms That You Can Use To Keep Students Engaged In Your Classroom

Wisewire

Younger students may not have their own accounts and no matter what age group you teach, you’ll want to encourage safe use. Divide your class into groups and ask each group to come up with a snap story about the day’s topic for you to review at the end of class. Because Facebook’s age limit is 13, elementary schoolers won’t have their own accounts. Source Share: If you’re a history teacher, ask students to research a primary or secondary source online about U.S.

How Parent Empowerment Can Change Your Classroom for the Better

Waterford

8] Additionally, one study found that when parents are involved in schools, their children are more likely to graduate from high school and attend post-secondary education.[9]. Parent Involvement and Children’s Academic and Social Development in Elementary School.