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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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Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk

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Solving Real-World Issues Through Problem-Based Learning

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

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Publishing Student Writing -- and Your Own

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Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk

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Two students test the fit of a suit of cardboard armor.
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A Content-Rich Maker Project

Students crafting cardboard suits of armor work on literacy, math, and collaboration skills.

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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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Hooking the Youngest Students on History

Use storytelling and playacting to draw early elementary students into the study of history.

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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 & 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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A boy works on the floor in his class.
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No Grade Is Too Early for Flexible Seating

These students work while standing, kneeling—some of them even sit in chairs.

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A teacher helps a young girl calm down to deal with a stressful situation.
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A Toolkit for Students in Crisis

An elementary school assistant principal shares a few ideas for how to help students calm down and regain self-control.

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Teaching Kids to Move Beyond One-Word Questions

If you’re tired of “why,” use this framework to help your kindergarten students ask specific questions that yield better answers.

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What Doesn't Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

Literacy strategies that waste instructional time include looking up words on lists, prizes for reading, weekly spelling tests, unsupported independent reading, and denial of recess.

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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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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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A girl looks at a math app on a tablet screen.
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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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