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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.


What Doesn't Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

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Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk

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What Does Stealing Look Like and How Do You Address It?

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How Much Recess Time to Give at School?

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A Student-Led Pokémon Go Project Transforms a School

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Help! Starting a Leadership Role Class

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5 Ways to Design Effective Rewards for Game-Based Learning

The mindset for game-based learning begins with setting up student expectations for recognition and reward. And remember, this isn't about grades (at least not directly).

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Learning With Robots: Content Mastery and Social Skills

When introducing younger students to robots, the high-engagement nature of these tools can add a social-emotional layer to the more obvious learning goals.

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It's a Snap! 4 Ways to Use Music With Special Needs Students

Special ed teachers should consider music in their classrooms to supplement visuals, teach through students' favorite songs, emphasize rhythm, and generalize lessons into non-musical settings.

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Nurturing the Innovator's Mindset in Your Classroom

Teach the mindset of innovation through example, iteration, failure, and reflection, and cultivate your students' curiosity and determination to try something different.

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Academic Success for All Students: A Multi-Tiered Approach
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Academic Success for All Students: A Multi-Tiered Approach

At P.K. Yonge, using Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) enables teachers to differentiate and provide each student the right level of instruction to succeed.

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Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom
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Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom

At P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, integrating digital content with face-to-face learning has led to impressive gains in student achievement.

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Common Core in Action: Manipulating Shapes in the Elementary Math Classroom

An iPad app helps first and second graders create and identify geometric shapes while developing higher-order thinking skills required by the Common Core math standards.

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Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks
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Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks

Each student at Normal Park Museum Magnet School creates a unique “travel journal” to explore the themes of science and social studies units.

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5 Tips for Engaging Parent Volunteers in the Classroom

Karen Bantuveris, founder and CEO of VolunteerSpot, presents the top hurdles and success strategies for engaging parent volunteers in the classroom.

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Kindergarten Is the Model for Lifelong Learning

Let's keep teaching creativity throughout school and adulthood.

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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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Making Student Data Part of the Conversation

Humboldt Elementary, a school once on the verge of being labeled under-performing, turned to data to move the bar on student success.

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Making Sense of Words That Don't

Introduce your students to the world of etymology and morphemes as they become linguistic detectives solving the mysteries of those puzzling "sight words."

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ELA Common Core Resources for Elementary Educators

How will the Common Core shift English-language arts and reading in elementary schools? Blogger Matt Davis rounds up the best resources to help parents and educators understand and implement Common Core ELA in elementary school.

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