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K-2 Primary

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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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Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology

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

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Move Your Body, Grow Your Brain

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New Study Shows the Impact of PBL on Student Achievement

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New Study Shows the Impact of PBL on Student Achievement

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Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology

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Project-Based Learning: Raising Student Achievement for All Learners
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Projects That Have Been Put to the Test

A team of researchers created and tested four social studies units that improved achievement among students in high-poverty schools. See how they did it—and download their curriculum.

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New Study Shows the Impact of PBL on Student Achievement

Researchers in Michigan show that project-based learning in high-poverty communities can produce statistically significant gains in social studies and informational reading.

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Music as a Teaching Tool

Incorporating music into almost any class can be a great way to teach content—and it doesn’t take special training or expensive resources.

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Setting the Stage for Arts Integration

A school in Louisiana got a start on developing a standards-aligned, arts-integrated curriculum by building a puppet theater.

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Entering the Quiet Zone

Giving students a dedicated spot in the classroom to collect themselves helps them learn to manage their emotions—a valuable life skill.

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Concentrating on Concentration

Help your students increase their ability to concentrate with these exercises and discussion prompts.

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The Sensory Room: Helping Students With Autism Focus & Learn
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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.

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What Doesn't Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

The number one concern that I hear from educators is lack of time, particularly lack of instructional time with students. Although we can't entirely solve the time problem, we can mitigate it by carefully analyzing our use of class time.

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7 Apps for Teaching Children Coding Skills

If you're concerned that a) elementary school students don't have the ability to code, b) there's no room in the curriculum, and c) you don't possess coding chops to teach programming skills, throw out those worries. Explore these free, or almost free, tools...

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11 Alternatives to "Round Robin" (and "Popcorn") Reading

Rather than intimidating young readers with ancient pedagogy, encourage and empower them with livelier strategies such as partner reading or the manic Crazy Professor Game.

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Using Math Apps to Increase Understanding

These 10 free or low-cost apps turn learning math into a game.

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22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom

Kindergarten inclusion teacher Trisha Riche' inspires her students -- and her readers -- to play, learn and teach outside of the box.

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20 Tips for Developing Positive Relationships With Parents

Blogger Elena Aguilar shares 20 tips to help teachers better connect with parents.

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The Right Way to Ask Questions in the Classroom

Posing a question to the class, allowing for think time, and then calling on a student is one simple strategy for engaging students in better academic discourse. (Updated 10/2013)

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