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K-2 Primary

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in elementary school grades K-2.

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Resources for Using iPads in Grades K-2

Looking for advice on integrating iPads in K-2 classrooms? In this curated guide, we've compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.

Coding for Kindergarteners

Teaching young children to code is far from a tedious exercise with the thoughtful, age-appropriate use of game-like apps and robotic devices.

First Day of Kindergarten: 8 Survival Skills

Author Sarah Richard shares valuable tips to help kindergarten teachers have a successful first day.

Parent Involvement in Early Literacy

Erika Burton explains how parents can create the stepping stones toward literacy for their preK children.

Classroom Management Strategies for Elementary Teachers

Teacher Gaetan Pappalardo offers elementary educators ideas on how to manage student behavior and needs.

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When Behavior Charts Don't Work, Throw Them Out!

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Tech Literacy: Making It Relevant Through Content Learning

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Was "Old School" So Bad? Part 1

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7 Apps for Teaching Children Coding Skills

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When Behavior Charts Don't Work, Throw Them Out!

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Coding for Kindergarteners

Teaching young children to code is far from a tedious exercise with the thoughtful, age-appropriate use of game-like apps and robotic devices.

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Using Dialogue Circles to Support Classroom Management
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Using Dialogue Circles to Support Classroom Management

At Glenview Elementary School, dialogue circles are part of a program aimed at building collaboration, respect, and positive behavior among students.

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Partner with Local Arts Organizations

Partnerships with local arts organizations can bring much-needed resources to your students without much cost, and can provide students with new outlets for creativity and ways to develop essential critical thinking and collaboration skills.

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7 Great E-Books for Summer Reading on iPads

To engage young readers over the summer, hand them an iPad and loaded with eBooks. Monica Burns reviews seven of the many reading apps available.

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Parents: Inspiring Readers Through the Summer Slump

Parents can engage their children with summer reading. Judy Willis suggests six ways including variety, no pressure, and modeling a love for reading.

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Preventing Summer Slide: Why Not Try Internet Research?

Guest blogger Cathy Knutson, an elementary school librarian and media specialist, suggests a summer home study in digital literacy for parents who want to teach their children safe, smart Internet research skills.

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3 Super-Simple Summer Science Activities

Science popularizer and guest blogger 'Science Bob' Pflugfelder offers parents three experiments - Blobs in a Bottle, the Exploding Lunch Bag, and Film Canister Rockets - to delight and engage young scientists over summer vacation.

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K-5 iPad Apps for Analyzing (Bloom's Revised Taxonomy, Part 4)

An elementary library media specialist reviews apps along the revised Bloom's taxonomy. Apps for Analyzing are reviewed in this fourth post of a six-part series.

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The Responsive Classroom: "Why Is Everyone So Nice Here?"

Through Responsive Classroom practices such as Social Thinking, Symonds Elementary teaches its students daily that who they learn with is as important as what they learn.

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Elementary Classroom Hacks: Big Ideas at Little Cost

With things like old keyboards, inexpensive aprons, free paint store supplies, and a little imagination, you can creatively customize your classroom environment to maximize learning.

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Using Music in the Classroom to Inspire Creative Expression

Blogger Gaetan Pappalardo shares tips for integrating music in the elementary classroom.

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High Expectations: Students Learn to Rise to the Occasion

Through a focus on teamwork, individualized instruction, and ongoing assessment, this K-6 school is improving the achievement of minority and low-income students.

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Coding for Kids Revisited

Learn about six new or improved resources designed especially to help elementary school students learn and develop coding skills.

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Do You Write with Your Students?

Blogger Rebecca Alber shares how writing and reading with your students can make a difference.

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