3 Elementary Classroom Hacks

News from EDUTOPIA - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 19:22
A teacher explains strategies she once used with first graders, with updates from her current perspective teaching fourth grade.

The Great Gingerbread House Project

News from EDUTOPIA - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 01:21
Keeping fourth graders engaged in math in the run-up to winter break is easier with this sweet project.

Making Failure Harder Work Than Passing

News from EDUTOPIA - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 01:14
A rigorous intervention pushes students who might be satisfied with a D to aim higher.

Navigating Change: Tips From a Veteran

News from EDUTOPIA - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 16:07
Adopting a new textbook or teaching a different course? Here’s how one classroom veteran handles such changes.

Race and the Literary Canon

News from EDUTOPIA - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 18:58
Middle and high school teachers can re-examine classic novels by exploring issues around race and social justice with students.

Encouraging a Love of Poetry

News from EDUTOPIA - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 15:56
An argument for appreciating poems as moments of beauty in class, in addition to teaching poetry analysis.

National Board Aims to Certify 1 Million

News from EDUTOPIA - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 21:27
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has made getting certified cheaper and easier to manage. Will more teachers pursue certification?

Learning by Tinkering

News from EDUTOPIA - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 15:23
Minecraft and other open-world games are being harnessed to teach course content by taking advantage of students’ creativity.

The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources

News from EDUTOPIA - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 15:23
Get a roundup of educational grants, contests, awards, free toolkits, and classroom guides aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Check this page weekly to get the latest updates!

Cultivating a Love of Reading in the Digital Age

News from EDUTOPIA - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 21:15
Four tips for taking advantage of apps and other tools to encourage students to read.

Teaching Current Events in the Age of Social Media

News from EDUTOPIA - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 15:07
Four tips for including the news in your curriculum while helping students cope with the abundance of negative stories.

Empowering Students to Curb Bullying

News from EDUTOPIA - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 14:53
Standing up to bullies can be frightening, but students can use these low-risk strategies to support peers who are bullied.

A Makerspace Built by Elementary Students

News from EDUTOPIA - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 23:46
Third graders designed a makerspace for their school. Then they got their budget approved and built it.

Parent Engagement in the Digital Age

News from EDUTOPIA - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 19:55
Communication apps are breaking down barriers that have limited parent engagement in the past.

Making Sure Your Praise Is Effective

News from EDUTOPIA - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 16:54
Research-backed ideas on how to give meaningful praise to inspire and reinforce positive behavior.

How Metacognition Boosts Learning

News from EDUTOPIA - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 01:48
Students often lack the metacognitive skills they need to succeed, but they can develop these skills by addressing some simple questions.

Creating Safety and Attachment for Students With Trauma

News from EDUTOPIA - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 19:31
Students with traumatic experiences bring those experiences with them to school. These strategies can help foster a feeling of safety.

4 Myths About Creativity

News from EDUTOPIA - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 16:31
A new book argues that everyone can be creative—and that creativity can be taught.

11 Essentials for Excellent Digital Portfolios

News from EDUTOPIA - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 19:08
Guiding your students to get the most out of digital portfolios takes careful planning, and we have ideas to help you get started.

Teaching High-Level Math to Young Students

News from EDUTOPIA - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 16:08
Middle school students worked through problems beyond their grade level when the teacher didn’t tell them it was high school math.

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