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  • Empowering Elementary Students With Disciplinary Literacy

    Building students’ literacy skills in the context of specific subjects helps boost their overall engagement in learning.
    Kathy Collier
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  • Using the Grand Conversation Model to Discuss Readings

    By centering student voice, grand conversations give teachers opportunities to deepen students’ content knowledge and collaboration skills.
  • Tips to Help Students With Their Handwriting

    These simple tricks to improve motor skills can empower young learners to feel more in control of their handwriting.
  • A Framework for Building Older Students’ Literacy Skills

    Encouraging middle school students to read books of all genres and reading levels can reignite their interest in reading.
  • 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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  • The Joy of Pickleball in Elementary School

    Pickleball is an inclusive sport that focuses on strategy and team building and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. This makes it perfect for elementary schools!
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  • Getting First Graders Started With Research

    Teaching academically honest research skills helps first graders learn how to collect, organize, and interpret information.
    784
  • An illustration concept of a child internalizing knowledge

    Why Ages 2-7 Matter So Much for Brain Development

    Rich experiences—from play to the arts and relationships—fundamentally shape a young child’s development.
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  • Multimodal Approaches to Reading Instruction

    Encouraging students to engage all their senses can help them become proficient readers. These strategies take a fresh approach to language instruction.
    483
  • 5 Ways to Stop Thinking for Your Students

    Too often math students lean on teachers to think for them, but there are some simple ways to guide them to think for themselves.
    4.1k
  • 4 Ways Classroom Design Impacts Executive Functioning

    Effective classroom design can help elementary students develop skills like organization and task initiation.
    9.3k
  • Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
    129.4k
  • For Young Kids, The Power of Play-Based Learning

    New research shows play-based learning can be more effective than direct instruction at improving outcomes for early learners—particularly in the development of mathematical and spatial skills.
    10.8k
  • An illustration concept of a group of students communicating through one technology platform

    8 Strategies to Improve Participation in Your Virtual Classroom

    Educators share their best synchronous and asynchronous strategies to boost student participation during online learning.
    49.5k
  • Illustration concept showing reading comprehension

    Is it Time to Drop ‘Finding the Main Idea’ and Teach Reading in a New Way?

    Some schools are changing the way they teach reading—based on research that shows background knowledge is more critical to comprehension than general skills like ‘finding the main idea.’
    48.5k

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