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3-5 Upper Elementary

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in elementary school grades 3-5.

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  • How to Keep Students From Bolting Out of Class

    Sometimes elementary students just up and leave the classroom, but fostering a nurturing space can help convince them to stay.
    Lauren Barry
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  • 60-Second Strategy: Ask 3 Before Me

    When students help each other in the classroom, they gain confidence and independence—and you get to keep on teaching.
  • Boosting Confidence With Student-Driven Math

    When teachers noticed a lack of autonomy in the math classroom, a switch to a student-centered curriculum bumped ownership of learning—and the kids' ability to talk about their problem-solving approach.
  • The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus and Learn

    Imagine a safe space where students with autism can go to calm their bodies and then get back to the business of learning.
    1M
  • Reinforcing Elementary Math Lessons With Movement

    Combining simple exercises with math instruction can help ensure that elementary school students remember these lessons.
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  • A Relationship-Driven Strategy for Addressing Challenging Behavior

    Putting relationships first can yield positive results in student success.
    3k
  • Rethinking How We Teach Reading in Elementary School

    To become better readers, Natalie Wexler says, students should grapple with abundant, high-caliber texts in the elementary grades—not just skills and strategies.
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  • 9 Brain Breaks for Elementary Students

    To boost creativity and productivity, take time out for movement, calming exercises, and a healthy dose of fun.
  • Teaching Writing Through Landscape Paintings

    When students focus on what they can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell in a work of art, their imaginations—and their essay-writing skills—take flight.
  • A Hop, Skip, and a Jump

    The possibilities for creating a sensory path to give students a movement break are endless. Here’s what schools across the country are doing.
  • Common Misconceptions About Dyslexia

    Dismantling tenacious myths about dyslexia—and drawing on evidence-based practices when teaching—can make a powerful difference for students with the condition.
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  • Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
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  • 3 Ways to Activate Student Engagement

    Waning engagement in lessons at the upper elementary and middle school levels can be remedied quickly with these simple strategies.
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  • 3 Benefits of Math Conferences in Elementary School

    Elementary teachers can confer with students to assess and deepen their understanding of math concepts.
    222
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    Why Learning at Home Should Be More Self-Directed—and Less Structured

    On March 18, 2020, Simone Kern tweeted that simply “recreating schools at home” passes up a golden opportunity to engage kids in authentic, self-directed learning.
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