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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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Create a Good Environment for Studying at Home

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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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Using QR Codes to Build a Classroom Audio Library

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Free Apps to Support Vocabulary Acquisition by ELLs

Teacher, one-to-one advocate and blogger Monica Burns shares some of her favorite free apps for supporting English-Language Learners' vocabulary acquisition.

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: So Similar

In Part 8 of her elementary student SEL series, filmmaker Randy Taran explores ways to help children recognize what we have in common.

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A Year at Mission Hill: Like a Family and Behind the Scenes

A Year at Mission Hill is a video documentary series that covers the transformation of one inner city elementary school in Boston. In Chapters Six and Seven, we learn how teachers create community with the students, the parents, and each other.

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Social, Emotional Learning: Instructional Support Goes Online

Dr. Maurice Elias highlights, online support for the program that offers a pre-K to grade 8 program used to teach social, emotional skills.

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Empathy

In Part 7 of her elementary student SEL series, filmmaker Randy Taran offers suggestions and examples for cultivating empathy in schools.

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To Improve School Climate, Examine Recess

Jill Vialet, Founder and CEO of Playworks, presents research about the SEL benefits of school recess, and offers five steps toward improving school climate by improving what happens on the playground.

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How to Get Students Ready for Learning
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Getting Students Ready for Learning

Responsive Classroom techniques, such as relationship-building morning meetings and engaging student-led activities, get students focused and ready to learn.

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Using Exhibits as Assessment
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Using Exhibits as Assessment

Students at Normal Park Museum Magnet School create various types of museum-style exhibits to demonstrate their understanding of academic topics.

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Waldorf's Integrated Way of Learning

Waldorf's Integrated Way of Learning

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

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Student Commitment Depends on Teacher Commitment

For a classroom to be high-functioning, a teacher needs to be committed to each and every student learning.

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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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Supporting Behavioral Needs: A Multi-Tiered Approach
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Supporting Behavioral Needs: A Multi-Tiered Approach

At P.K. Yonge, a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is used to meet every student's academic and behavioral needs.

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Peace Helpers Become Classroom Problem Solvers

Peace Helpers Become Classroom Problem Solvers

At Brooklyn's PS 24, fourth and fifth graders resolve playground conflicts and train younger students to be peacemakers in their classrooms.

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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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