Elementary School

Don’t Teach Kids How To Read, Teach Them Why

Don’t Teach Kids How To Read, Teach Them Why by Terry Heick Preface: I’m writing under the assumption that the ‘child’ in question has access to some form of mobile technology, and that’s a problematic assumption that causes problems for my thesis, here. Nonetheless, addressing both ‘sides would require a far more extensive essay than …

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7 Mistakes That Quality Assessments Avoid

7 Mistakes That Quality Assessments Avoid contributed by Daniel R. Venables, Founding Director of the Center for Authentic PLCs This post has been updated with additional resources and republished It’s that time of the school year when teachers are facing writing their first or second wave of unit tests and assessments. The following list of items …

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Should Sandbox Learning Be The Future Of Education?

Should Sandbox Learning Be The Future Of Education? by Terry Heick Two decades into the 21st century, highly-structured, formal learning environments may have run their course. If nothing else, they have a pronounced limp and awkward speech patterns that students are increasingly finding, well, academic. In many ways, the internet was the catalyst for this. …

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A Video Game-Themed Student Interest Inventory For Elementary Students

A Video Game-Themed Student Interest Inventory For Elementary Students by TeachThought Staff Curricula: You can download a ready-for-student version of this student interest inventory for free on the TeachThought TpT page. Why Use A Student Interest Inventory? The purpose of this inventory is to help children at the elementary age express themselves by itemizing their …

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A Poem That’s Been Torn In Half? New Children’s Book Explores Value Of Mistakes

A Poem That’s Been Torn In Half? New Children’s Book Explores Value Of Mistakes by TeachThought Staff This post is sponsored by Workman Publishing Title: ‘My Book Of Beautiful Oops!’ Author: Barney Saltzberg (author’s page) Ages: 3+ Availability: In Stores Now Summary: ‘My Book Of Beautiful Oops!’ Is A Scribble it, Smear it, Fold it, Tear …

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Unique Literacy Apps Created For War-Affected Syrian Children

Unique Literacy Apps Created For War-Affected Syrian Children by TeachThought Staff From a press release Oslo/Washington, DC (March 20, 2017) – A Norway-led coalition today announced two winners of the EduApp4Syria innovation competition and the worldwide release of open-source Arabic literacy learning games Antura and the Letters and Feed the Monster. Both games are now …

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There’s A New Sesame Street Character–And She Has Autism

  New Bilingual Sesame Street and Autism Materials Created to Increase Acceptance and Provide More Tools for Families Impacted by Autism From a press release New York, NY—(March 20, 2017) There’s a new Sesame Street character–and she has Autism. Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organization behind Sesame Street, today announced a rich new phase of …

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Scholastic Offers Platform For Teacher-Created Curricula

  Scholastic Offers Platform For Teacher-Created Curricula by TeachThought Staff  This post is sponsored by Scholastic. Back in 2013, the term teacherpreneur really started to gain traction. In early 2014, we explored the idea in a post about the conditions that led to this new idea. In 2015-2020: The Rise Of The Teacherpreneur, Paul Moss explained …

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30 Of The Best Books To Teach Children Empathy

30 Of The Best Books To Teach Children Empathy by TeachThought Staff Often confused with sympathy and compassion, empathy is, put simply, the ability to feel what another person is feeling. Unlike sympathy or compassion, empathy doesn’t require you to feel for  them, though it can lead to those emotions. Empathy, rather, is a starting point …

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Why You Shouldn’t Use Physical Education As Punishment

Why You Shouldn’t Use Physical Education As Punishment by Dr. Kymm Ballard, Executive Director for SPARK Think about any time you’ve seen “army boot camp” portrayed in pop culture — are you picturing the traditional drill sergeant, ordering his troops to do endless laps and push-ups, as punishment for their errors that day? Now, with that scenario …

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Instead Of A Book Report, My Students ‘Wrote’ A Video

Instead Of A Book Report, My Students ‘Wrote’ A Video by Kim Blomqvist, Secondary Teacher Assigning book reports was slowly creeping up on me as the school year progressed. My former colleagues were all complaining about it and I remembered it all too well from my days in the classroom. While there always are those students that …

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POTD: Children’s Books: 26 Books For $1 Each

Cheap Children’s Books: 26 Books For $1 Each by TeachThought Staff If you’re an Elementary school teacher, today’s POTD is for you. Amazon is running a nice promotion: $1 children’s books–everything from Cinderella to our good friend Arthur, to Building with Dad. The bad news? They’re not physical copies–Kindle only. The good news? There’s a nice variety …

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40 Of The Best Learning Apps For Elementary Students

40 Of The Best Elementary Learning Apps For Elementary Students Looks like this mobile learning thing might actually take off, eh? Just as we recently looked specifically at some of the best educational apps for iPad, now we give some love specifically to elementary students (and teachers) who have devices and want to separate the digital wheat from …

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