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K-2 Primary

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

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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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Rock On! How I Taught Focus to a Class That Wouldn't Sit Still

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Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk

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Solving Real-World Issues Through Problem-Based Learning

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Solving Real-World Issues Through Problem-Based Learning

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Closing the Achievement Gap One Student at a Time

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Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk

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Christmas vs. Classroom: Bring It In

Guest blogger Frances Peacock acknowledges that, when it comes to her students, she's no match for the Christmas spirit, and she beautifully details her terms of surrender.

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Building Brain Literacy in Elementary Students

Neurologist, teacher, author and Edutopia blogger Judy Willis discusses the benefits of teaching elementary students how their brains work.

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5-Minute Film Festival: Literacy Starts with the Alphabet

Learning the ABCs is critical for early literacy. VideoAmy has collected some fun alphabet videos and resources to use with students -- from the youngest beginners to older readers.

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Accidentally Creating a Digital Writing Workshop

Teacher and guest blogger Erin Klein describes how she accidentally turned a zoo project into a digital writing workshop for her second grade class.

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7 Apps for Teaching Children Coding Skills

Digital learning specialists provide a quick overview of seven apps that are appropriate for teaching younger children one of the most critical 21st century skills: coding.

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Helping Students Develop the Skills to Focus

Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias shares a classroom activity that helps K-8 students develop their ability to focus and pay better attention.

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Teaching Personal/Social Management Skills in Physical Education

PE teacher, faculty advisor and author Harvey Zahn provides examples of how the PSMS (personal/social management skills) strategy can be applied to elementary school physical education.

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Passion and Strengths

Filmmaker Randy Taran continues her blog series about building social and emotional skills in elementary students. This time she focuses on passions and strengths.

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Developing Students' Trust: The Key to a Learning Partnership

To create students who are willing partners in education, teachers must learn to trust them.

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Young Kids and Technology at Home

Blogger and digital literacy advocate Douglas Rushkoff talks about why young children aren't ready for screen time and how parents can be effective gatekeepers.

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Getting an Early Start on Financial Literacy

A financial-literacy curriculum provides real-world context for learning and helps students directly connect school with their future goals.

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Educators Deal with the Growing Problem of Autism

As the number of special-needs students soars, schools grapple with ways to offer high-quality education without going broke.

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LeVar Burton, associated with Reading Rainbow, is sitting on a blue couch chair reading a book to four kids. A girl is sitting on a cat chair to his left, a boy is sitting on a frog chair to his right, and two girls are standing behind them.
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How to Instill the Love of Reading

Foster students' passion for reading by starting in their comfort zone, surrounding them with books, reading books aloud, and modeling your own love of reading.

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Waldorf's Integrated Way of Learning

Art and movement blend into academics at this K-8 public school.

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