Creating Positive Learning Environments

The CoolCatTeacher

Go to to download artwork guidelines, an entry form, official rules, and the lesson plan today.

Elementary school teachers struggle with Common Core math standards

The Hechinger Report

2, 2014 photo, teacher Joy Burke surprises her students with homemade cookies as they leave their fifth grade class at John Hay Elementary school in Seattle. Cookies and math tend to go together in an elementary school classroom. In this Thursday, Oct.

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20+ Ideas to Supercharge Classroom Creativity

The CoolCatTeacher

Go to to download artwork guidelines, an entry form, official rules, and the lesson plan today. All Subjects Classroom Design Edtech Tool Tuesday Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) How to Guides.

Imagining the Awesome Future of Automobiles

The CoolCatTeacher

Entry Guidelines The U.S. Help Your Students Enter the U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter STEM, STEAM, and design thinking are buzzwords in education today.

The Social Media Game Elementary School Students Should Be Playing

The Innovative Educator

Fortunately, my employer supports this and as such, we have been incorporating the voice of students in the guidelines around social media (You can see the teen guidelines at ). Most recently I had the opportunity to speak with hundreds of elementary students about social media and which platforms they are using. I''m a student voice advocate.

Three ways to help end the disconnect between pre-k and early elementary education

The Hechinger Report

Pre-K to Kindergarten Transition: As children move from their pre-K classroom into kindergarten, they need support and guidance and strong ties should exist between the pre-K program and the feeder elementary school. Alyssa Auck.

Drones in the Classroom: Teaching Writing and Collaboration with Drones

The CoolCatTeacher

Vicki: What are some general guidelines for when you bring drones into the classroom to make it safe. Santha Walters on episode 282 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Top 10 Social Networking Guidelines for Educators Who Wish to Keep Their Career Intact


I tweaked it just this week to present to a group of elementary (K-5) teachers. I put this together about two months ago at the request of some educational technology professionals I know who were curious about boundaries when it comes to what to post and do on social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook.

Enhance Young Learner's English Vocabulary with @MindSnacks & Teach Foreign Languages!


As students review the different lessons, they will find each vocabulary word is packed with example sentences, usage guidelines, and fun factoids about homophones, word parts, etymology and figurative language. I''ve been nominated for A Bammy Award for Elementary Teacher of the Year.

5 Apps to Share Class Work!


My Terrific Three Apps for the Elementary Classroom As a working parent, sometimes it is difficult to sign up for volunteer dates. To give it a try, I set up a circle with Todd and invited two other friends and fellow elementary teachers, Brad and Drew.

Math Problems that Unlock Student Thinking

The CoolCatTeacher

The “Open Middle” math problem format is NOT talking about middle school math, although it applies to middle, high school, elementary, and even college math just the same.

5 Fast Ways to Give Positive Feedback

The CoolCatTeacher

Go to to download artwork guidelines, an entry form, official rules, and the lesson plan today.

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Inspiration Stations: A Creative Spin on the Station Rotation

Catlin Tucker

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. Instead of designing academic tasks to be completed in each station, I designed creative tasks with very loose guidelines.

The Surprising Science of Life Changing Moments

The CoolCatTeacher

Go to to download artwork guidelines, an entry form, official rules, and the lesson plan today. I taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

1st Grade digital PBL: Does it work?


In my previous blog on the subject , we explored some of the better online resources for the elementary school teacher hoping to blend their elementary school classroom. Why is digital PBL so rare in foundational and elementary phases?

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What to Buy for Your Maker Space #makered

The CoolCatTeacher

See Todd’s show for guidelines. The move to middle school comes after almost fifteen years in elementary education as a third grade teacher and as an elementary library media specialist.

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Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education

User Generated Education

UDL has reordered the principles and guidelines, to begin with, Multiple Means of Engagement, the Why of Learning that compliments how the Design Thinking Process involves learners in identifying an authentic problem or challenge. Video Game Design with Elementary Learners.

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Demonstrating the Impact of Powerful Learning: HP Teaching Fellows and Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

As part of the Reinvent the Classroom initiative, a collaboration between Digital Promise, HP, Microsoft, and Intel, Digital Promise is supporting innovative elementary and secondary school teachers through the HP Teaching Fellows.

Infographics in Education with Eileen Lennon

The CoolCatTeacher

So I started with her, creating the social media guidelines for the New York City Department of Education. Eileen Lennon is part of the team that developed the social media guidelines and resources for the NYC Board of Education.

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Follett’s Aspen SIS Attains Ed-Fi Certification Status


5 Tools to Teach Coding to Late Elementary Students ] Ed-Fi certifications allow product developers to demonstrate a product’s fidelity to Ed-Fi standards and guidelines, and for purchasers or users to be confident that a product conforms to those same Ed-Fi standards and guidelines.

Qualities of Effective Educator Professional Development

User Generated Education

What follows are the general guidelines I use to plan and structure my professional development workshops. Recently, I facilitated two weekends of math instruction for elementary teachers. Most administrators and teachers believe in the importance and value of professional development.

#ASCD12-A Presentation On Creating Social Media Policies For Schools And Districts

The Web20Classroom

I presented with Sam Walker , an Instructional Technologist at Kimmel Farm Elementary School in my district. Earlier today I had the honor and pleasure of presenting at the Annual Conference for ASCD.

Where We Belong

The Jose Vilson

Whereas a community has a set of well-defined, open, and transparent set of guidelines, a clubhouse has trees, ladders, and secret codes that bar and deter outsiders from entering. Elementary school teachers then turn to parents and society.

From The Shamelss Promotion Department

The Web20Classroom

I get asked a lot about what policies schools should have about social media and what guidelines they should have to teach their students about social media. I have spent the better part of this school year working with an elementary school in my district to develop social media guidelines for the faculty, staff and students. I don''t often promote my own stuff but in this case I am going to do a little shameless promoting.

Your Guide to Preventing and Responding to School Bullies


What can you do if you think a student is being bullied in your elementary school? In addition to keyboard and mouse lessons, teach elementary students how to be safe on the Internet.[11]. Bullying: Guidelines for Teachers.

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Exploring Learner Profiles: Resources, Examples, and Questions to Consider


This tool developed by ReSchool Colorado provides practical resources, strategies, and guidelines to help educators build personalized learning profiles across age spans. Susan Castigliego, Grade 3 Teacher at Hugh Cole Elementary School. Learner Profile Template (Elementary).

Tips for Student Comments on Blogs and Forums


Similarly, it''s important to set guidelines, rules, and expectations for students to comment on blogs and forums. These guidelines should outline appropriate online behavior and internet safety precautions. Your task is to create those guidelines.

How to Boost Family Involvement through Parent-Teacher Conferences


During the first month of school, send an introduction letter to parents with class guidelines and information about the upcoming year.[12] Avoid using educational jargon, which can confuse parents who aren’t as familiar with elementary teaching terms.[7].

Educators as Purveyors of Hope

User Generated Education

I have since become a teacher educator (with some teaching of elementary gifted students at a few Title 1 schools thrown in). For educators who want to help their students build these skills of hope, here are five research-based guidelines. My advanced degree is in counseling.

Up to 3.6 million students should be labeled gifted, but aren’t

The Hechinger Report

Student work from Zia Elementary, a low-income Albuquerque school. Student work from Lew Wallace Elementary, a small, low-income school in Albuquerque.

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A Back-to-School, Personalized Learning Toolkit


One of my favorites is from Kate Wagner, principal of Red Mill Elementary, who says, “ We are no longer teaching to the middle.” So we’ve put together a blog of research-based guidelines for choosing edtech tools—from assessment to curriculum software—to use in the classroom.

How To Get Started Teaching Online

EdNews Daily

My name is Shaundra Schlapia, and I teach students in various elementary grades and middle grades one-on-one lessons with HAWO American Academy. I am an elementary school teacher and have been for 14 years.

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How to Make an Impact as a Tech Coach

Shake Up Learning

Alison Jalufka is a Learning Coach at an elementary school in her Central Texas school district. She started her teaching career in elementary education as a first-grade teacher and now has the opportunity to make an impact as a tech coach. .

Website Review: Prodigy Game

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are guidelines, culled from top education sites like Edutopia, Google Education, Educational Technology, and EdWeek that are valuable when evaluating any website: free or small fee. They are so excited to play and learn!” – Sue McCulloch, Grade 3/4 Northport Elementary School.

Why a high-performing district is changing everything with competency-based learning

The Hechinger Report

Avery Bencal is a fourth grader at Winthrop Elementary School in Melrose, Massachusetts. Teacher Meghan Lewis works on math problems with a small group of fourth graders at Winthrop Elementary School in Melrose, Massachusetts.