5 Steps to Gamify Your Elementary Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Heather Marrs shares how to get started with gamifying your classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter How could you take your whole elementary classroom year and gamify it? What if everything students learn could gain them XP (experience points?) Heather Marrs – Bio As submitted Heather Marrs is an Instructional Coach at Eagle Rock Elementary in Eagle Point, Oregon.

How to Amplify Kindergarten and Elementary Voices

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter First-grade teacher Danielle Moore has worked with early elementary and kindergarten students as she helps them amplify their voice. You can take courses on helpful topics like social-emotional learning, classroom management, teacher wellness, special education classes and more.

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Open Badges in Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

Some elementary classrooms are using self-directed badges for competency acquisition by students. Open Badges in Elementary School. Vicki: Today we’re talking with Amy Cooper, who’s at an elementary school in Minnesota. And Amy, you’re working with digital badges or open badges in elementary school. What are open badges, and how does this work with elementary kids? Let’s say in kindergarten, the student was trying to learn Letter Sounds.

10 Strategies Designed to Engage Elementary Students Online

Catlin Tucker

A few weeks ago, I published a blog titled “ 8 Ideas Designed to Engage Students In Active Learning Online.” ” I had several elementary teachers request that I work on a similar blog focused on younger learners. 8 Online Learning Stations. Learning

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Gaming in Early Elementary Education in Australia

The CoolCatTeacher

Helen Kardiasmenos uses games to teach almost every subject in her early elementary classroom in Australia. In today’s episode, she shares what she’s doing and how her students are learning. Today’s Sponsor: Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection. The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection is here! Helen Kardiasmenos on episode 373 of the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

The Secret Agents of Jordan Jackson Elementary School

The CoolCatTeacher

Rayna Freedman inspires her elementary students with a spy-themed classroom experience that runs throughout the year. Learn how she does it and why in this fun Wonderful Classroom Wednesday. An Odyssey into 21st Century Learning” Building Teachers: A Constructivist Approach. The Secret Agents of Jordan/Jackson Elementary School” in Early Childhood Education Today.

iPads to Differentiate Instruction in Early Elementary Education

The CoolCatTeacher

Today’s Sponsor: Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection. The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection is here! You’ll want to sign up for your free 30-day trial at coolcatteacher.com/reallygoodstuff and remember – it is only one app – all of the other apps are inside this one simple digital learning collection from Really Good Stuff. Emily Lynch is a third-grade teacher at Meadowbrook Elementary in the North Kansas City School District.

Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades

The CoolCatTeacher

Fun, exciting tools and techniques can help very young kids understand math and learn computational thinking. Computational Thinking and Math for Elementary Grades. Sometimes we’re teaching specifically to the students to learn coding, to learn about loops, or to learn about a variable. Vicki: Steve, do you find that there are teachers that think that kids can’t really understand these concepts — like elementary kids really understanding XY coordinates?

Elementary Writing Rubrics

Catlin Tucker

In my book Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 , I shared the following elementary writing rubrics with my readers. Unfortunately, the short links I provided in my book have timed out, so I wanted to share these on my blog so any elementary teachers interested in using them have access! LearningFeel free to make a copy and adjust as needed. ElemOpinionWritingRubric. ElemInfoWritingRubric. ElemNarrativeWritingRubric.

Anti-Racist Activities for Upper Elementary and Middle School Students

User Generated Education

I am planning to do anti-racist activities with my elementary students (5th and 6th graders) this coming fall. So not just black students who need to learn about their blackness and their history, but white students as well and nonblack people of color need to know our country’s history and talk explicitly about it.( When you’re essentially [teaching] a kid to be anti-racist, you’re deliberately encouraging them to talk about race and Racism.

Next Generation Learning: Elementary School

Neo LMS

This series has told the stories of some of the grant recipients of the Next Generation Learning Challenges program, describing schools that have taken seriously the need to adapt, modify and in some cases entirely reinvent learning modes, and teaching models using technology as a basis. In our third and final blog in our series on the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) we’ll explore successes in the elementary school context. Personalized learning.

5 Ideas to level up Elementary Math with Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

Elementary Math can be exciting. 5 Ideas to level up Elementary Math with Technology. Vicki: Today we’re talking with Kelly Gary, a first-grade teacher in Pennsylvania, about five ideas for improving elementary math with technology. And it can be, you know, they don’t even realize they’re learning because they’re playing. Vicki: As we finish up, give our elementary teachers a pep talk about making math exciting.

Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners

User Generated Education

Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand. I use the following activities to introduce elementary students to the design thinking process. Introducing the general design process to elementary student occurs through showing the following video about the engineering process: The Task: Build the Highest Tower.

Elementary Book Club for Advanced Readers

Catlin Tucker

When I work with elementary teachers, one of the biggest challenges they face is the wide range of reading skills in their classrooms. Most of the teachers I coach at the elementary level are using the Station Rotation Model during their English language block. I hope other elementary teachers can take this idea and run with it! Learning

Authentic Learning: It’s Elementary!

Brilliant or Insane

Authentic learning is typically distinguished by four characteristics: The opportunity for learners to define and pursue their own questions and passions Inquiry work and the solving of real problems Discourse within a community of learners Activities that mimic the work of professionals and require the presentation of findings to audiences that will benefit from them [.]. The post Authentic Learning: It’s Elementary! Brilliant or Insane.

5 simple ways to integrate STEAM education into elementary classrooms

eSchool News

Whether STEAM education is new to you or you’re already familiar with it, it’s a great way to excite students about learning. Here are 5 simple ways you can incorporate STEAM into the elementary school classroom. Featured on eSchool News STEAM STEM Teaching & Learning

How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson

The CoolCatTeacher

Elementary and primary students can learn to code. For Hour of Code week this week, learn how you can go past the Hour of Code and use coding all year long! How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson. Why code in the elementary grades? So, Sam, why do we even want to code in the elementary grades? When I first heard about coding in the elementary grades, I was really put off by it. Then we’re learning like 23 times faster.

Project Based Learning at the Elementary Level: Nine Inspiring Examples

EdTechTeacher

I recently had the opportunity to work with an incredible group of elementary educators from Nauset Schools on Cape Cod. The teachers generously agreed, and below are their examples of inspiring yet practical examples of project based learning at the K-5 level! After learning about natural disasters around the globe, students will understand and explain how people prepare and cope with the unexpected changes in our world. Learn more here!

Early Elementary: Differentiate Reading Practice

Catlin Tucker

In my last post titled “ Create Small Learning Communities with the Station Rotation Model ,” I provided a blended learning strategy that creates more time in the classroom for teachers to work individually with students. In one online learning station, students listen to books/stories with an audio recording. Here are some great online resources for the online learning stations. Learning

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. It’s whole body-mind learning. Education communication group initiatives problem-solving SEL social-emotional learning team buildingYes, there are mounds of curricula students must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test.

Elementari

Technology Tidbits

Elementari is a wonderful new site for digital storytelling and project based learning that I just found out about from Larry Ferlarzzo's excellent blog. I highly recommend checking out Elementari by clicking here !!! * choose your own adventure collaborative learning digital storytelling project based learning

Best Laptops for Elementary and Secondary Students

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Ideas for Project-Based Learning at the Elementary Level

EdTechTeacher

In February, I had the opportunity to work with an incredible group of elementary educators from Nauset Schools on Cape Cod. With blended and remote learning a real possibility through next school year, I’ve included some suggestions for implementing these ideas in a remote learning environment. After learning about natural disasters around the globe, students will understand and explain how people prepare and cope with the unexpected changes in our world.

Creating iChampions in Texas Elementary Schools

Digital Promise

Unlike traditional elementary schools where students have one teacher that teaches them all five topics, students at Hook Elementary belong to pods where they rotate between three teachers who teach Reading and Social Studies, Writing, and Math and Science. About once a month, teachers will “set the stage to engage” for an entire week, where students get to test their learning through a series of challenges.

Coronavirus Chronicles 005 – Mabel Rush Elementary School

Dangerously Irrelevant

Thank you, Tim Lauer , for sharing how Mabel Rush Elementary School in Newberg, Oregon is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities. A new adventure: Silver Lining for Learning. I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of 10-minute check-ins with educators all over. Episode 005 is below.

Teaching Elementary-Level Learners About the Brain

User Generated Education

Judy Willis in How to Teach Students About the Brain writes: If we want to empower students, we must show them how they can control their own cognitive and emotional health and their own learning. Even young students can learn strategies for priming their brains to learn more efficiently. Here is a run down of the learning activities I did with my gifted elementary students to teach them about their brains: Introduction to the Brain. Learning About Neurons.

Coronavirus Chronicles 034 – Highland Park Elementary

Dangerously Irrelevant

Thank you, Nancy Flynn, for sharing how Highland Park Elementary in St. International Schools Services has a webinar series called Educators Supporting Educators: Transitions to Online Learning , which features conversations with and resources from international school educators. I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of check-ins with educators all over.

Elementari

Technology Tidbits

Elementari is a wonderful new site for digital storytelling and project based learning that I just found out about from Larry Ferlarzzo's excellent blog. I highly recommend checking out Elementari by clicking here !!! choose your own adventure digital storytelling project based learning*UPDATE - An educational portal has been completed allowing educators to create student accounts (up to 30 for free) and approve all stories before being published!!!

Felicia Casto’s Exceptional Elementary Math Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

After diving into research and applying what she learned, Felicia and her elementary students have left behind a traditional way of teaching math and awakened to the exciting possibilities. If you’re tired of boring, traditional math instruction, listen and learn from Felicia Casto. The 3 Act project-based model of learning math.

Epic Classroom Blogging with Elementary Students

The CoolCatTeacher

A student example blogging as “the blue bunny” and learning point of view. Rayna Freedman @rlfreedm has been teaching for 17 years at the Jordan/Jackson Elementary school and has been blogging with students in the 4th and 5th grade. Rayna’s classroom is a comfortable place to read and learn. The post Epic Classroom Blogging with Elementary Students appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day.

#01: Awesome Apps for iPads in the Elementary Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Karen Lirenman ( @ KLirenman ) and Kristen Wideen ( @ mrswideen ) have written the definitive book on using iPads in the elementary classroom, Innovate with iPad: Lessons to Transform Learning in the Classroom. Even worse, some teachers just use them for “game day” and miss the opportunity they have to do help students learn with them. Today’s show will help settle the dust and bring clarity to iPads in the elementary classroom.

Coronavirus Chronicles 027 – Marion-Walker Elementary School

Dangerously Irrelevant

Thank you, Karen Krisch , for sharing how Marion-Walker Elementary School in Pennsylvania is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities. I especially appreciated hearing about your social-emotional learning efforts and the variety of student choice boards that your teachers are creating. I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic.

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

The Hechinger Report

To learn and value science, students need opportunities to experience the work of science by behaving as scientists. The post OPINION: Distrust of science in the coronavirus era reminds us why we must boost elementary science education appeared first on The Hechinger Report.

Successful Distance Learning for Young Kids

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter You may be worried that the youngest kids can’t learn at a distance, but Dr. Nancy Frey, co-author of the Distance Learning Playbook comes along side us to help us understand how it can be done.