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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

K-2 Primary

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

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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Infographic: Meditation in Schools Across America

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7 Learning Zones Every Classroom Must Have

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The Myth of Having Summers Off

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Project Management Methodology for the Primary School

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6 Must Know Keyboarding Exercises for Beginners

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PBL & Kids with Special Needs/Autism Spectrum Disorders

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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.

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Common Core, Critical Thinking and Aesop's Fables

Guest blogger and children's author Vincent Mastro uses Aesop's fables as a jumping-off point for teaching critical thinking when he asks young students 'what if?' and filters their answers through 'it depends.'

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Elementary Financial Literacy: Lesson Ideas and Resources

Guest blogger Brian Page, a high school economics teacher, presents three resources for teaching financial literacy to elementary students, including websites by the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability and financier Warren Buffett.

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Patience!

Edutopia blogger Ainissa Ramirez revisits the famous Stanford marshmallow experiment to consider the value of teaching children patience and self-regulation, and how these character-building skills will benefit them later in life.

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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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Move Your Body, Grow Your Brain

Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers, brain-based teaching program developers and authors, suggest that exercise has physiological and developmental benefits for children's brains and offer ideas for putting a new spin on active learning.

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Preschoolers in the Digital Sandbox

Assistive tech specialist and guest blogger Tara Jeffs believes that age-appropriate edtech can help preschool learners reach their potential - if these tools are presented in ways that inspire initiative and creativity.

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You Only Get One "First Day of School"

Blogger and veteran teacher Lisa Mims reminds us that we only get one 'first day of school' (even we've already been there 28 times!) and offers seven tips for making a good impression on our students.

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5 Strategies to Ensure Student Learning

After Arizona's Mesquite Elementary School developed a program to provide additional instruction time for students struggling with math, test scores shot to the top.

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Smart Hearts: Social and Emotional Learning Overview
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Smart Hearts: Social and Emotional Learning Overview

In school districts from New Haven to Anchorage, social and emotional skills are being taught and assessed just like skills in math and reading.

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The Myth of Having Summers Off

When summer hits, teachers often find themselves busy with all the business they were unable to accomplish during the frantic school year.

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K-5 iPad Apps According to Bloom's Taxonomy

An elementary library media specialist reviews iPad apps as they map to an updated version of Bloom's Taxonomy in this six-part series.

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Big Thinkers: Judy Willis on the Science of Learning
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Big Thinkers: Judy Willis on the Science of Learning

The noted neurologist turned educator talks about the science of boredom, how to get students' attention, and the most important lessons for 21st-century learning.

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How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students

Mary Beth Hertz shares some insights into adapting Stranger Danger lessons for the virtual world.

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