Elementary

Why I Love… – STORIES FROM SCHOOL AZ – Education Article

I’ll be honest I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day. I think it’s a hoax, a made up holiday to support greeting card, chocolate and flower companies. I mean really, if you need a day to say “I love you” that’s kind of pathetic, isn’t it? My thought is that everyday should present you with an opportunity to share love and celebrate. So today, no sappy love story, just the facts. I love my job. No really, I love my…

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Black History in the Primary Classroom – Education Article

Hey guys and dolls, how’s it going?   February came quickly, and out of nowhere!   I feel like we barely got back to school, and poof!   There went January!     February is one of my favorite months, not only because   of Valentine’s Day, but also because of Black History Month!   I love to introduce topics by utilizing read alouds, and I want    to discuss some of them with you today!     I like…

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Resources for Black History Month and Beyond: PreK-5 Edition – Education Article

How can you celebrate Black History Month during February and weave these important lessons into your classroom throughout the year? Take a look at these creative resources and thoughtful teaching ideas from Teacher-Authors in the TpT community. You’ll find unit studies, writing prompts, biography projects, and more. Unit Studies These comprehensive units will allow your students to dive deep into the content over time while they learn about famous black Americans of past and present.  Black History Unit Study – We…

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Transform Your Math Block With Math Talk – Education Article

This post originally appeared on the blog Mix and Math. Kids love to talk – did you know that? I love to just listen to them talk. The things that come out of their little mouths can be downright hilarious. If you listen close enough, you’ll also notice kids have such a unique (and sometimes surprising) perspective on everything.  So how can we as teachers tap into this to improve math learning in our classroom? We do this by making…

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How Educators Can Help Close a Looming Crisis – Education Article

By: Christine McDonnell The widening tech skills gap is a crisis that looms large for our nation and our economy. The fix may lie in the hand of educators in the elementary and middle school grade levels. Educators and those in the education field can help close the skills gap that is growing even larger as we move beyond the 21st century. According to a 2017 report from TechRepublic, the tech industry is having trouble finding skilled talent. The skills…

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What’s my Version of the bus? – Education Article

As Winter Break came to a close, I prepared myself to return to my classroom by reflecting on my teaching practice this first semester. Am I meeting the needs of this group of students? What is working? What is not working? What can I do differently to positively impact my students? As I was thinking of my answers to the above questions, I listened to a podcast from 3P’s in a Pod called Teacher Leadership and Equity with Cornelius Minor…

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The Heart Garden: Character Education With Heart – Education Article

This post originally appeared on the blog, Mrs. Beattie’s Classroom. In my classroom, we don’t fill imaginary buckets. We tend and cultivate and nurture self-esteem and confidence and positive attitudes. We grow Heart Gardens.   Early in the school year, we compare our self-esteem to a growing plant. A plant that is watered and looked after flourishes in the same way a person who is treated kindly and with respect will flourish. We are very like plants in this way.…

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(Better) Partnering with Parents Around Reading – Education Article

January marks the second half of the school year and this time usually flies by quickly. My 1st graders are now demonstrating increased rigor, independence, and pride in academic growths. This has allowed me to have a more accurate assessment of where they are as scholars. More than half still need additional support in reading to help them reach their potential and prepare to transition to 2nd grade on level.  In addition to classroom instruction, the home support home is…

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Math in the Elementary Classroom – Education Article

Let’s talk about math in the elementary classroom! In this virtual workshop, we’ll experience tasks that promote math talk in an equitable manner. In addition to the tasks themselves, we’ll examine specific ways to incorporate more visible math thinking, leading to productive mathematical discussions. Click Here to Register Related Tags: Collaboration, Cross-discipline, Discourse, discussion, Elementary, Math, mathematical, PrBL, Problem solving, Scaffolding, Skill development, Virtual Workshop !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}; … This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by…

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Too Much Rigor? – STORIES FROM SCHOOL AZ – Education Article

Rigor: A popular buzz word in education today, this word is packed with meaning. It pops up in staff meetings, school mission statements, and parent conversations about school choice. Everyone seems to think that “rigor” is what kids need. But what does this word even mean? Let’s start with the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition: Rigor (a) Harsh inflexibility in temper, opinion, or judgment; (b) the quality of being unyielding and inflexible; (c) severity of life A tremor caused by a chill…

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5 Reasons to Start Your Day With Morning Tub Tasks – Education Article

Do you start your day with morning work? Would you like to leave that marking behind and switch to a paperless option? If so, then it’s time to switch to Morning Tub Tasks. Today I am sharing five reasons why you should make the switch to morning tubs.   It Helps You Spiral Your Curriculum In math, in particular, we teach units – time, money, patterning, and then we move on to the next unit. When you circle back to those…

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