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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.



Kids Like Blues: Using Music and Video to Rock Your Classroom

Teacher and musician Jon Schwartz tells the amusing and inspiring story (with generous video examples) of how he turned the blues into an effective pedagogy for his first graders.

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Twelve Interactive Activities for Learning About Elections

Teacher Paul Gigliotti suggests 12 simple interactive activities for teaching elementary and middle school students about how elections work.

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: The Power of Appreciation

Filmmaker Randy Taran returns with the second blog in her Elementary School SEL series, this time examining the power of appreciation.

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Activities to Build Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students

Filmmaker and blogger Randy Taran identifies "happiness skills" and suggests that we start teaching them at a young age.

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Stars, Sparkles, and Praise: Motivation in Kids' Apps?

Teacher and education director Carolina Nugent looks at the assumptions and realities about educational apps and software for children.

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Closing the Achievement Gap One Student at a Time

Poverty is a huge factor affecting the performance of our elementary students. Schools, districts and states with a high percentage of low-income families can reasonably cite poverty as one explanation for lower test scores or poor performance in...

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Differentiating Instruction Through Interactive Games (Tech2Learn Series)

Differentiating Instruction Through Interactive Games (Tech2Learn Series)

Using tech tools and games, second-grade teacher Robert Pronovost tailors math instruction to match students' individual learning styles.

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Waldorf's Integrated Way of Learning

Waldorf's Integrated Way of Learning

Art and movement blend into academics at this K-8 public school.

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Passion and Strengths

Filmmaker Randy Taran continues her blog series about building social and emotional skills in elementary students. This time she focuses on passions and strengths.

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Infographic: The Value of Financial Literacy

Students who learn financial literacy skills gain a wealth of knowledge that will yield returns well into their future.

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How to Ignite Intellectual Curiosity in Students

When students lack curiosity and are disinterested in the classroom, teachers need to reevaluate their lesson plan.

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5 Ways Literature Can Teach Global Lessons in Elementary Classes

Guest blogger Becky Morales, creator of Kid World Citizen, offers five ideas for using literature about children and families in other parts of the world to broaden the minds of U.S. elementary students.

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Measuring a Teacher’s Effectiveness Goes Beyond Test Scores

When it comes to measuring a teacher’s effectiveness, blogger Elena Aguilar believes test scores should only be used in part.

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Downloads and Resources from Forest Lake Elementary

Free tools, reading lists, web links and other resources to help bring differentiated instruction to your school.

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