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

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  • Elementary school students working together in a small group

    Integrating SEL Into Writing Instruction

    A writing unit for first grade can help develop prosocial classroom behaviors, a reliable indicator of future academic success.
    Julia Richardson
    306
  • 60-Second Strategy: Ask 3 Before Me

    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.
  • 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
  • Illustration of hand holding wires

    Defending a Teacher’s Right to Disconnect

    Remember personal time? For many educators, technology has driven it toward extinction—and it’s time to get serious about reclaiming it.
    19.7k
  • How Multisensory Activities Enhance Reading Skills

    Reading lessons can involve more than just our eyes and ears. Here’s how you can promote reading skills using all five senses.
    2.5k
  • An illustration concept of a child internalizing knowledge

    Why Ages 2-7 Matter So Much for Brain Development

    Rich experiences—from play to the arts and relationships—fundamentally shape a young child’s development.
    97.1k
  • Helping Kids Celebrate Diversity Through Authentic Portraits

    Helping Kids Celebrate Diversity Through Authentic Portraits

    When educators are intentional about teaching kids to see and represent differences, the students—and their works of art—blossom.
    2.3k
  • Making Self-Paced Learning Work for Younger Kids

    Making Self-Paced Learning Work for Younger Kids

    This differentiation approach frees teachers up to meet students’ needs. The result? Students only tackle material they’re ready for, and all students achieve mastery.
    1.4k
  • 9 Brain Breaks for Elementary Students

    9 Brain Breaks for Elementary Students

    To boost creativity and productivity, take time out for movement, calming exercises, and a healthy dose of fun.
  • Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
    128.8k
  • Illustration concept showing reading comprehension

    Is it Time to Drop ‘Finding the Main Idea’ and Teach Reading in a New Way?

    Some schools are changing the way they teach reading—based on research that shows background knowledge is more critical to comprehension than general skills like ‘finding the main idea.’
    38.3k
  • Illustration of children exploring sensory path

    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.
  • A Daily Support System for Students

    Students who need extra social and emotional support have a quick check-in with an adult at the start and end of each day.
    89.2k
  • Children playing with pine cones in forest

    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.
    31.2k
  • Teacher speaking with student in elementary school classroom

    A Path to Improving Students’ Emotional Intelligence

    Teachers can merge social and emotional learning and student choice to guide students to better understand themselves.
    982

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