Will new standards improve elementary science education?

The Hechinger Report

Science could be considered the perfect elementary school subject. It’s one of three elementary school science curriculums Callahan is helping to pilot now that her district decided to re-commit to elementary science education.

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.

4 actions to drive an elementary school turnaround

eSchool News

The opportunity had come up to serve as principal at Lake Park Elementary, a Title 1 school where just one quarter of students were proficient in literacy and the school was on the state’s list of the 300 lowest-performing schools—the need for an elementary school turnaround was clear.

Will New Standards Improve Elementary Science Education?

MindShift

Science could be considered the perfect elementary school subject. It’s one of three elementary school science curriculums Callahan is helping to pilot now that her district decided to re-commit to elementary science education.

5 Ways to Create a Culture of Inquiry in Your Classroom Now

The CoolCatTeacher

has 25 years in education as teacher, instructional coach, elementary/secondary principal and K-12 district administrator. Connie Hamilton on Episode 495 To create a classroom culture of inquiry, we can follow these five techniques.

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Music Teachers of Excellence with the CMA Foundation

The CoolCatTeacher

Some of the benefits of music education include higher graduation rates, a greater chance of post-secondary success, social and emotional development, and shaping the next generation to be collaborative, creative and forward-thinking leaders.

Some Inclusion Tips for the General Ed Teacher

MiddleWeb

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Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

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. Karen Vogelsang has taught elementary school in Memphis, Tennessee for fourteen years.

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

iLearn Technology

What it is: GeoGuessr is a fun map-based game where students get virtually “dropped” somewhere in the world, and must explore the landscape around them through Google Street View to determine where in the world they are.

Class Pad: Free digital scratch paper for the math classroom

iLearn Technology

What it is: ClassPad is free online software that lets you digitize your math scratch paper. You can create original teaching materials for the math classroom quickly and easily.

How We Express Ourselves: Making a Museum in a Box

iLearn Technology

In the last eight years, my posting habits have become pretty sparse, to say the least. Starting and running a school…it’s a lot. It keeps me busy and thoroughly exhausted. I miss it. I miss the cadence of posting regularly and interacting with my education friends virtually.

Channeling the anti-testing fervor

The Christensen Institute

Federally mandated testing has been one of the major points of discussion in Congress’s efforts this year to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Education Blog accountability assessment California Congress education policy Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA ESEA reauthorization federal policy Innovation standardized testingYou don’t have to look far to find controversy regarding standardized testing.

Photomath: Scan math problems for immediate step-by-step instructions

iLearn Technology

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Swift Playground: Apple’s free app that teaches kids to code!

iLearn Technology

What it is: Swift Playground is an awesome new app from Apple that teaches kids how to code in Swift. This free app for iPads uses games to teach kids Apple’s coding language used to create apps. Students can drag and drop code, and easily edit the code to customize it.

Be Internet Awesome: Tools to teach online safety

iLearn Technology

What it is: Be Internet Awesome is a fantastic new way to help your students make the most of the Internet by being prepared to make wise decisions as they navigate and interact online. Be Internet Awesome helps teach students the basics of digital citizenship and safety online.

YouCubed: Think like a Mathematician

iLearn Technology

What it is: Do you know about Stanford’s YouCubed ? If you are a math teacher (and even if you aren’t) you need to know about this awesome resource! It is packed full of goodness for teachers and parents alike.

Free Download: Learner Profile Survey

iLearn Technology

At Anastasis Academy , our year begins by building a Learner Profile for every student. Before we’ve even ventured into the school year, we know a tremendous amount about our students. This is the first step for building student agency.

My Simple Show: Create your own explainer videos for free!

iLearn Technology

What it is: My Simple Show Video Creator lets students easily create professional level “explainer” videos. The finished product looks just like a Common Craft video, so cool! The step-by-step tool helps students think about storyline and the flow of explaining a concept.

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Initial Findings After Implementing Digital Student Portfolios in Elementary Classrooms

Reading By Example

One final thing to note before I close: Technology was important in this process, but my hypothesis is the digital piece was secondary to the portfolio process itself. On Saturday, I shared why I was not at ISTE 2016.

Initial Findings After Implementing Digital Student Portfolios in Elementary Classrooms

Reading By Example

One final thing to note before I close: Technology was important in this process, but my hypothesis is the digital piece was secondary to the portfolio process itself. On Saturday, I shared why I was not at ISTE 2016.

A conference about what is sacred in education: 5Sigma Edu Con

iLearn Technology

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Drones in the Classroom: Teaching Writing and Collaboration with Drones

The CoolCatTeacher

After graduation, I pursued and obtained my Masters in Secondary English Education. From there, I moved to the secondary world and bounced from Alabama, to Tennessee, to Virginia and finally settled in Bellevue, Nebraska, where I teach 8th grade English.

SAM Labs blocks put students in charge of creative learning

iLearn Technology

What it is: Recently, the good people at SAM Labs sent me an Alpha Kit to play with and review. You guys, this is such a cool product! I love that as soon as students open it up, it puts them in charge of the learning. Best of all, it encourages the learning to happen through playful trial and error.

Which One Doesn’t Belong? K-12 Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

iLearn Technology

What it is: Which One Doesn’t Belong? is a site I learned about from @TeamBaldwin today. This math site is for students of all ages and challenges them to look at a set of four images and determine which image doesn’t belong and justify their answer.

Check123: Video Encyclopedia

iLearn Technology

What it is: Check 123 is a new video encyclopedia site for kids. All videos are validated and ranked by Check123 professionals, are 1-3 minutes in length, and a curated on just about any subject you can think of.

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Wednesday Inspiration

iLearn Technology

If you have never had the privilege of hearing Angela Maiers speak, you are missing out! If Angela’s name isn’t immediately recognizable, her #choose2matter and #youmatter global movements have probably crossed your path.

SumBlox: explore number relationships through visual/kinesthetic play

iLearn Technology

** This is not a sponsored post, I’m just super excited about this product and can’t wait to see what our students do with it! What it is: Why yes, this is a technology blog. But no, this manipulative is not a technology product.

8 of the Best Research Tools for Inquiry

iLearn Technology

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Literature-Map: Help students find new authors to fall in love with

iLearn Technology

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Adobe Spark: Easily create and share videos, images, and newsletters

iLearn Technology

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Mathigon: engage, play, and explore math

iLearn Technology

Split your students into teams and send them on an epic math treasure hunt through your school (available in primary and secondary levels) where each of the clues leads them to another.

World Education Games 2015! Math, Literacy, Science

iLearn Technology

What it is: You guys, the World Education Games is back again, taking place around the world October 13-15, 2015! More than 5 million students from over 200 countries and territories will participate in the games for 2015. This is an exciting online challenge for students around the world.

DragonBox Math Apps: Teaching students to think like mathematicians

iLearn Technology

What it is: I adore the DragonBox math apps ! I was first introduced to DragonBox through their Algebra app. The app takes away all math anxiety by teaching algebraic concepts without numbers or algorithms. It is genius! You can read my review of that app here.

The Letter Project: Spreading good to girls through handwritten letters

iLearn Technology

The last week has been heartbreaking to watch unfold. My heart aches over the fear, the divisiveness, the “us” vs. “them” mentality. The stripping away of humanity.

The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Angela Peery has been an educator 31 years and has served as a secondary English teacher, secondary administrator, instructional coach, turnaround specialist, curriculum developer, and consultant.

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