20+ Ideas to Supercharge Classroom Creativity

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Ideas to help you spark creativity in your classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Creativity is something that we have to nurture as teachers. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest invites youth, ages 4-15, to submit their original hand-drawn artworks that answer the question, “If you could design a car to make the world a better place, what would it look like?” Encourage your students to create Toyota Dream Car artworks today.

How to Boost Family Involvement through Parent-Teacher Conferences


It’s easy to let the conference season catch us by surprise, but did you know that parent-teacher conferences are one of the best ways to boost parent engagement? If you’re a parent preparing for the conference season, we’ve also included a list of tips to make the most out of meeting with your child’s teacher. A parent-teacher conference gives you a chance to discuss a student’s progress in-depth with families. For Educators: How to Run a Parent-Teacher Conference.


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Your Guide to Preventing and Responding to School Bullies


October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a campaign founded by PACER to eradicate bullying across the country. According to school bullying statistics, 37% of children report having been bullied before, but only 31% of this number reported it to an adult.[5] 5] This means that although nearly two-fifths of all children will be bullied at some point, you may not hear about it unless you’re aware and make an effort to stop it. Tips to Help Stop Cyberbullying.

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Ideas for Project-Based Learning at the Elementary Level


In February, I had the opportunity to work with an incredible group of elementary educators from Nauset Schools on Cape Cod. – Consider student access to hardware, software, and the Internet. – Provide guidelines, but also be flexible in accommodating students’ unique needs and settings. Don’t limit students to just one app or tool when answering driving questions and producing content. By Tom Driscoll ( @TomDriscollEDU ).

How Differentiated Instruction Can Help You Reach Every Student in Class


If you can adapt your instruction to reflect your students’ needs and learning preferences, you can make class time more effective and help students become more engaged. While the subject material itself remains consistent, the way you teach it to students may vary depending on their needs.[7].

What to Buy for Your Maker Space #makered

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Librarian Chad Lehman helps us learn about the technologies we need to set up an awesome maker space. Additionally, Chad talks about how he orients students to the maker space and the biggest problems he’s had with it (and how he’s solving them.) Maker spaces are great places for kids to explore and learn, so take a trip inside the new library — one with a Maker space. See Todd’s show for guidelines.

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How to Serve Students With Special Needs From Afar


About 14 percent of all public school students receive special education services, and for many of them the switch to remote learning has been difficult on families and the schools that teach them every day. How are schools adjusting? What resources are they turning to? And what’s most important to focus on? To that last question, Sean Arnold, a STEM coach and special educator for the New York City Department of Education, has a suggestion.

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How to Get Students Moving for Academic Advantages

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Sit tight: Science suggests the secret to boosting brain power might be to keep kids moving. A fascinating study published in the Journal of School Health indicates that when elementary-age children’s lessons incorporated physical activity, their focus improved more than 70 percent. Regretfully, as these links between learning and moving continue to accumulate from scientific periodicals, many classrooms have remained relatively sedentary throughout the decades.

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3 Teacher Money Making Opportunities Using Technology

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Today Jessica Gordon @1337teach shares three ways teachers can use technology to make money this summer (or anytime.) Download the transcript of this show or scroll down to read it on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. How to get started. Deciding what to do first. Want to hear another episode on technology tools to try? Listen to Jennifer Gonzalez talk about 5 Tech tools to try in 2017.

How to Make an Impact as a Tech Coach

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Make an Impact as a Tech Coach appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Coaching a coach is an exciting experience, but everyone has struggles that they need to mastermind one in a while. 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. . Click To Tweet.

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. Teachers use them as conceptual props to explain an operation like division. If you have 12 cookies and four friends, how can you give an equal number of cookies to each friend? In this Thursday, Oct.

How to Stay Physically, but Not Emotionally, Distant with Kindergarten and Pre-K Students


Instead, Phinney is worried about what Pre-K will look like if and when students return to classrooms. “My CDC guidelines recommend social distancing, keeping students in one classroom throughout the day, and masks for adults. (In That’s how they show their love for you and each other.”

The 5-Second Rule And Other Myths: How to Protect Kids’ Health At School

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Five seconds might fly by to us, but to microbes, it’s plenty of time to hitch a ride on fallen food. Of course, try telling that to a hungry kindergartener whose ham sandwich hit the cafeteria floor. Far too many kids are getting sick or worse thanks to rising strains of bacterial and viral diseases. According to WebMD researchers, the kitchen floor and toilet floor were ranked 10th and 11th, respectively, for having the most bacteria per square inch.

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 schools.nyc.gov/socialmedia ). Most recently I had the opportunity to speak with hundreds of elementary students about social media and which platforms they are using. Admittedly, I''m not much of a user of social media platforms for the under 13 set, so I knew I had a lot to learn.

How the pandemic has altered school discipline — perhaps forever

The Hechinger Report

That same day, six other students across the district were written up for not wearing their masks correctly (including one who also faked using hand sanitizer), while an elementary school student was assigned three days of “private dining” for sharing food in violation of safety guidelines.

PROOF POINTS: New wave of research shows nudging students by text is not as promising as hoped

The Hechinger Report

One of the most promising uses of technology in education seemed to be a cheap one: nudging text messages. Text messages to parents about their school-aged children led to better grades and attendance. But I think we need to figure out when it works, and when it doesn’t.”.

Infographics in Education with Eileen Lennon

The CoolCatTeacher

Today, infographic pro, Eileen Lennon, shares how she uses infographics, creates them, and why they’re such a powerful tool. 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. Visit www.coolcatteacher.com/econ for more information and remember to tweet out your pics about how you teach your students using #PowerofEcon. They wanted to look at things.

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Imagining the Awesome Future of Automobiles

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In addition to true STEM projects, we also work to include the arts in all subjects. Entry Guidelines The U.S. Toyota Dream Car Art Contest is open to children aged 4 – 15 in the United States. How to Use the U.S. As you can see, students can use imagination and artistry to share dreams of the automobile’s future. Post on Social Media to enter to win some art supplies! Help Your Students Enter the U.S.

Wanda Terral: 5 Ways to Help Kids Understand Digital Safety Without Scaring Them To Death

The CoolCatTeacher

In today’s show, Wanda Terral talks about how to help kids understand digital safety. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. 5 Ways to Help Kids Understand Digital Safety Without Scaring Them To Death. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e305. We are going to talk about five ways to help kids understand digital safety without scaring them to death. Wanda, how do we get started? Give kids an opportunity to practice.

How do you teach antiracism to the youngest students?

The Hechinger Report

and Rosa Parks at her Katy, Texas, elementary school in the Houston area. Ankita Ajith is one of four college-age friends who are petitioning the Texas State Board of Education to create an antiracist American history curriculum. In order to make a difference one must first be heard.”.

OPINION: The truth about returning to school? There’s no easy answer

The Hechinger Report

As winter bears down on most of America and Covid-19 again surges out of control, pundits and parents alike are wondering when our nation’s 50 million schoolchildren will return to classrooms. The post OPINION: The truth about returning to school?

A padlocked drinking fountain, tree stump seats and a caution-taped library: See how the coronavirus has transformed schools

The Hechinger Report

In Florida and Wisconsin, schools have padlocked or sealed drinking fountains to keep kids from using them. As more schools reopen, we want to continue sharing your photos from around the country. You can find directions here for how to submit your images and videos.

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


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. I tweaked it just this week to present to a group of elementary (K-5) teachers. Would you want to discuss those things in person with your boss, students, students’ parents, or co-workers?

COLUMN: School reopening plans must ensure safety of custodians, cafeteria workers, bus drivers and substitutes

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Des Moines Public Schools custodian Joel Cruz cleans a desk in the classroom at Brubaker Elementary School in Desmoines, Iowa. Students want and need to come back to school,” Kimberly Martin, a principal of Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C.

COLUMN: Isolated in dorm rooms or stuck at home, some freshmen wonder if college is worth it

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Toward the end of her first semester at the University of Pittsburgh, Sophie Fogel spent every night studying alone in her dorm room, eating lukewarm takeout meals from the cafeteria and wondering why she bothered going away to college in the first place. Fogel, 18, can recite a list of typical college experiences she has missed out on: study groups, small seminars, office hours with professors, parties, football games, a chance to meet new people from around the world.

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

The Hechinger Report

For the past three months, Bridget and Jerry Boyce have taken every precaution to avoid bringing the novel coronavirus into their rural Oregon home. After schools closed, they chose not to participate in a meal-delivery program to students’ homes. They rarely go to grocery stores, only shop at retailers that require face masks and thoroughly disinfect themselves after each trip. We all want to get back to normal,” said Jerry Boyce, who has an autoimmune disease. “I

Culturally Responsive Teaching: Tips and Strategies for Educators


15] Yet schools are often structured to exclude students from marginalized communities. Then, we’ll provide a few strategies for improving your cultural competency and even a starter list of diverse books to include in your classroom library or curriculum.

Celebrating Culturally Diverse Winter Holidays in the Classroom


In much of America, it can be easy to focus only on the Christmas holidays. And even the most progressive and well-meaning teachers can show implicit bias when it comes to holiday events. Guidelines for Inclusive Holidays Celebrations.

PRINCIPAL VOICE: Returning students to school safely is top priority, but let’s not forget to treat them fairly

The Hechinger Report

It doesn’t have to be that way, and here are some examples of situations that have been defused. There was the student shouting and threatening me, who immediately calmed down once I asked a security officer to intervene as I calmly backed away and out of his line of sight.

5 Fast Ways to Give Positive Feedback

The CoolCatTeacher

Principal Meredith Akers shares how to motivate and encourage others From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Have you ever made the mistake of giving other people the kind of feedback you want to receive – but it just fell flat? Others like to hear a person’s voice. We all need to be excellent at giving quick and impactful feedback. Principal Meredith Akers uses many methods to encourage others.

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Technology and Digital Media in the Classroom: A Guide for Educators


Technology has done more to change school curriculum and practices than nearly anything else—and in such a short amount of time! While it can be hard to keep up with every trend in educational technology, the mindset you have when it comes to classroom tech matters just as much as which ones you use. By learning to view it as a means of enhancing your lessons and resources, you can provide your students with tools and opportunities they may not otherwise access.

The Surprising Science of Life Changing Moments

The CoolCatTeacher

Perhaps it was a comment or it was a moment and although it may not have seemed to be anything to others around you, you experienced a seismic shift in how you viewed yourself. Dr. Michael Rousell studies these moments and relates them to neuroscience. As teachers, we hope to be part of these moments. You’ll want to learn to understand these moments as a teacher. Encourage your students to create Toyota Dream Car artworks today.

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

User Generated Education

If there is someone other than the teacher managing the makerspace or there is a schedule for the school, your kids may only be able to use it once a week or month. Some makerspace activities may be focusing on how to use the resources available and may not be connecting the activities to the curriculum or around a real world problem. We adapted the Design Thinking Process to include additional phases based on our own experiences in schools with educators and kids.

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Schools Will Never Return to Business as Usual. Here’s How They Can Make the Most of Our New Reality.


Elected officials are making decisions contrary to recommended guidelines that can leave school leaders in an impossible situation of shouldering accountability for health and safety while lacking the control to do so. I’m going to try to hang on to my teachers,” Jackson says. “We

3 steps to implementing an ecosystem of phonics-based learning

eSchool News

When Florida State Assessment scores revealed that our third-graders were under-performing in reading, my colleagues and I analyzed the data to determine the root cause of performance. The data showed a need for an explicit, phonics-based approach to literacy for our young students. According to the new law, Florida districts aren’t required to provide state-approved literacy resources until 2021. Setting goals to satisfy all stakeholders.