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25 Clever Classroom Tips For Elementary School Teachers

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You'll be the talk of the teacher's lounge with these smart classroom ideas.
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This link provides specific and effective strategies for establishing classroom norms, routines, and space that support project-based learning and the whole child. For example, the physical activity cube can become a classroom norm for restless students who have finished their work early or need a quick break from their assignment or activity without interrupting other students. This cube allows students to move their bodies without interrupting the teacher or taking up too much space in the classroom. This cube supports project-based learning and the whole child, since some students need a quick physical activity before returning to different forms of tasks and it recognizes that each child works differently. Moreover, having students place a tag on their desk when they go to the bathroom is an effective classroom routine strategy because it provides a visual aid for students and the teacher to remember who is in the bathroom. The bathmats for personal space during reading time supports the whole child because it allows students to find a comfortable spot to motivate and engage them in recreational reading. When students can chose where to read, it gives them more motivation to read and complete classroom tasks.

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Teachers Are Terrific!: More Pinterest Items

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In the beginning of the school year, teachers can utilize a poster that asks, "What do you need from your classmates in order to do your best?" to set up a classroom norm of building a learning community. This fosters project-based learning because it highlights how students will collaborate and communicate with one another to be successful in the classroom. It also communicates to students that they will become more successful with the help of their classmates. Since this poster is generated by students, this should motivate and help students practice creating new ideas, processes, and products which is vital in project-based learning. This poster should motivate students to take action and apply what they have learned to real life tasks.

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An Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning

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An Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning

Via Barbara Kerr
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This video informs educators about how social and emotional learning is the basis for improving students' academic performances. As a future educator, I hope to remember to focus on my students' social and emotional needs, and help them appropriately cope with their emotions and difficult social interactions. This will not only provide a safe and comfortable learning environment, but it will help students have a more positive attitude toward school.

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Barbara Kerr's curator insight, March 25, 2013 2:15 PM

Compelling short video on introducing social and emotional learning in schools.

Cynthia Kivland's curator insight, March 26, 2013 2:35 PM

Good video on social emotional intelligence as a key educational skill.

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8 Classroom Management Tips--From Google?

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How Google management strategies translate to classroom management tips.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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This quick list of 8 classroom management tips has provided me a foundation on how to manage students' behavior, academic progress,and other aspects of the classroom. This list will be in the back of my mind when I struggle to maintain a positive classroom environment or feel overwhelmed with managing students' behaviors and helping them improve their academic skills.

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Samantha Burton's curator insight, October 25, 2013 6:07 AM

Classroom management is purposeful and responsive to the needs of all students. It moves beyond just behaviour modification.

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The Power of the Morning Meeting: 5 Steps Toward Changing Your Classroom and School Culture

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"The whole morning meeting not only sets a really good tone for the students, but it sets a tone for me." - Teacher in Louisville, Kentucky

When I first learned about the Morning Meeting model, I wa

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This article and video exposed me to types of morning meetings that I have never been exposed to before. I will definitely implement this in my future classroom routine, so that the classroom community will improve. In addition, I hope these morning meetings will help students feel comfortable and excited to be in school.

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JennaMRyan's curator insight, March 25, 2014 10:36 AM

The Social Environment can be enhanced through setting the tone for respectful learning, establishing trust, motivating students to feel significant, create empathy and encourage collaboration, and supporting social, emotional, and academic learning.  The way I can achieve this is through the morning meeting model.  One example of a morning meeting is greeting, sharing, group activity, and announcements.  To get started doing a morning meeting I need to learn how to use a morning meeting appropriately, establishing a time for it, introducing it to the students, communicate with parents, and phase in the process.  The reason this is important to the social environment of my classroom for supporting PBL is establishing a culture of caring about the child as an individual.  One of our ideas that support a PBL social environment is providing kids with opportunities to bring their lives into the classroom.  I love this morning meeting because it is a great check in with kids.  Kids bring all kinds of baggage into the classroom.  When there is a time to share or at least get an idea of how everyone is doing, it puts everyone on the same page for learning.  The routine is established and kids should know it so well that they can lead each other through the process.  This is whole child thinking because the kids are developing leadership skills.

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Encouraging Sticky Notes

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 This sticky note idea seems to take up about 10 minutes each day to do. However, this will help build a classroom community where students will feel supported and encouraged to do better and competent in some aspect in school. It demonstrates to students that they will get attention for good behavior and work ethics. Thus, these encouraging sticky notes will become a classroom norm that creates a safe project-based learning environment for students to learn from their mistakes and focus on personal improvement.

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Children's Literature Builds Global Competence - Asia Society

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Children's Literature Builds Global Competence
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Here are some books we like—all of them online or available on e-readers.

Via Claudia M. Reder
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This link provides excellent resources to help teachers build a multicultural classroom library. I will definitely use this link when I prepare for my future classroom, so that I include as many diverse cultures and languages in my future classroom library. It is important for my students to be able to read about different cultures, so that they can recognize different perspectives people possess across the world.

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Claudia M. Reder's curator insight, June 13, 2013 11:23 PM

Check out their links.

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School District Uses Project Based Learning Over Testing

A public school district in Danville, Ky., has turned its emphasis away from traditional testing in order to encourage creativity and let students learn by d...

Via Christine
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This video on how a school district uses project-based learning instead of testing has described the benefits students reap from it. Moreover, this video has reveals to me how project-based learning improves test scores. Further, this video provides ideas on how to implement project-based learning with young elementary school children that I can use in my future classroom.

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Project-Based Learning in Math: 6 Examples

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Project-Based Learning in Math: 6 Examples

Via Dr Peter Carey
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This provides excellent project-based learning ideas for Geometry, since Geometry is sometimes a more difficult and abstract math concept to understand than other types of math. Growing up, Geometry was the hardest and most non-engaging math class that I have ever taken. Geometry was even more difficult that Calculus I, so I hope this can help me bring Geometry to life with my future students.

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Jessica Guercio's curator insight, February 19, 2014 10:34 PM

One subject I personally find it more difficult to discover project-based learning tasks for is math. This article provides a few different examples of projects you could incorporate into your math curriculum!

Kaitlin Roach's curator insight, February 20, 2014 3:45 PM

Different ways to incorporate PBL with geometry. Fun real life examples that can make math meaningful. 

Imon's comment, February 20, 2014 11:09 PM
I am an elementary education major with a specialization in math. So this article was especially interesting to me. Also when I was younger geometry was the hardest for me to understand. I can remember countless nights staying up studying with my father trying to not only memorize formulas but understand the meaning behind them. This article was helpful and gave me ideas for activities that I would use in my classroom. When I was in grade school I don't remember doing a lot of the activities that are now offered through project based learning. And these activities even helped me have a better understanding of concepts. I think that it is good that these activities are offered now. I think this will help improve the efficiency of learning for students.
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Class. 10 Ideas for Designing an Engaging Classroom Space | Etale - Life ...

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As part of this planning, teachers also choose (or decide by doing nothing) how to design the physical classroom space. Many considerations inform their thoughts and decisions: personal expression; a desire to highlight ...

Via Anne Whisken
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Many of these ideas for classroom spaces contribute to providing a physical and social environment that focuses on the mission of the whole child. For example, the disciplinary decor, graphic organizers, and learning tools provide tools and strategies students can use to learn and complete academic tasks. It allows students to chose the types of resources they want to use and chose it in an organized manner. On the other hand, the classroom canvas and student hall of fame help nurture a learning community where it encourages students to get to know and care for one another. Subsequently, the classroom canvas and student hall should have students develop the habit of asking for help and helping others in the learning process. It is critical for students to build a learning community to help one another solve problems, be creative, and work with one another in many tasks such as project-based learning. 

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, August 17, 2013 8:48 AM

1) Disciplinary Decor –2) Truth, Beauty & Goodness -3) Teacher’s Interests, Credentials and/or Style –4) The Classroom Canvas- 5) Graphic Organizer’s and Learning Tools – 6) Connecting School-wide Goals and Values with the Individual Course –7) The Student Hall of Fame –8) Etch a Sketch 9) The Interactive Classroom –10) Inspiration & Encouragement.

Lauren Yachera's curator insight, March 11, 2014 4:44 PM
I really liked some of the ideas that were presented in this article. One of my goals in the future will be to create a warm, nurturing, and comfortable classroom for my students. I want them to feel encouraged and supported while they do their work, and the tips given in the reading will help me to do so. One thing that I really liked is #4- "The Classroom Canvas." I think it would be really interesting to have a classroom that is largely blank at the beginning of the year, and have the teacher and students work together in order to create an environment that they envision a perfect room to be like. This could be an activity that could be worked on within the first week or two of school, over a few months, or even over the whole year. It allows for relationships to form and strengthen through the collaboration and shared brain power between everyone involved. Together, everyone in the classroom can create a space that will facilitate the procedures and lessons involved in PBL, all while allowing the students to express themselves. It also allows for change- if students or the teacher wants to switch somethings up, the classroom is flexible enough to do that.
Lauren Portalea's curator insight, March 27, 2014 11:53 AM

I loved the idea of the "Etch a Sketch Classroom." This idea steams from the toy that allows you to draw something and quickly erase it. In relation to a classroom, a teacher can set up the environment a certain way then completely change it. The blog describes the importance of having a blank canvas with many whiteboards, interactive whiteboards, and other blank slates. This allows teachers to use the space in versatile ways. Having a classroom that can fluctuate with the curriculum is essential for PBL. If the students need to work in groups, design an experiment, listen to directions, or other schoolwork, the blank canvas classroom can easily change shape to accommodate the present needs.

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Efficiently Rearrange the Classroom for Cooperative Learning -

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How to arrange the desks for cooperative learning and then efficiently rearrange the classroom for the next period

Via Susan Gingras Fitzell
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Provides quick and easy steps on how to rearrange desks to serve multiple classroom purposes. I may use the color coded desk arrangements as a classroom routine, since students will recognize that learning takes place in group, partner, and individual settings. The purpose of this color coded chart is to support student interaction and student's personal time, since students will need to be resilient and obtain the ability to be able to work in various settings.  The color coded charts allows students to rearrange the desks in a shorter time span, since it is an efficient method to set up the classroom space for cooperative learning and project-based learning. For example, grouping the desks into pods for group work supports project-based learning, since it will provide the space for students to communicate ideas to one another and learn from one another to further their learning.  

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Susan Gingras Fitzell's curator insight, February 15, 2014 1:33 PM

Cooperative learning? Flexible Grouping? Station teaching? Co-teaching? Here's a solution to classroom arrangement: Make arranging desks a game.

Nicole Liebler's curator insight, March 13, 2014 10:37 PM

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This is such a fun way to add flexibility to your classroom! It makes the classroom climate upbeat because there is  something new every day, and change keeps everyone on their toes. There is also a cooperative feel added to the classroom because students need to work together to arrange the room. I think students will be excited to sit in new arrangements each day (or in cycles of consistent designs) and have the opportunity to collaborate with a different set of students each day. This is such a simple way to both excite students and provide opportunities for working/sharing in different combinations. This can also be helpful when engaging in PBL because the desks can be arranged in ways to create spaces for collaboration, presentation, etc. I think changing the desks frequently promotes students' adaptability because they will become more familiar with constant change and how to work effectively in different situations.

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30 Classroom Procedures to Head Off Behavior Problems | Scholastic.com

30 Classroom Procedures to Head Off Behavior Problems | Scholastic.com | EDCI 397 | Scoop.it

 CGeneral procedures, daily tasks, and other activities to help you ward off some classroom behavior problems.

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This list provides 30 classroom procedures for multiple aspects of the school environment such as entering a classroom, leaving a classroom, to getting a tissue. This reminds new and veteran teachers practical procedures that can encourage positive behavior. Moreover, I will use some of these procedures as my expectations for my future students, so that they can expect consistent expectations from me.

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Jounal sticks

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Jounal sticks by Becknboys on Indulgy.com
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The popsicle sticks help make the morning meeting discussion starters more interesting than a piece of paper, so it should better engage the students into the morning meeting. These popsicle sticks are critical in setting up the social space for project-based learning, since it encourages students to communicate with one another. It also allows students to practice collaboration because they will need to learn to listen to each other's ideas and experiences.

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Create a successful classroom climate

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How to create a classroom climate that will help your students become successful learners.


Via Cheryl Irish, Sydney Sims
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This article provides new and more experienced teachers with extremely beneficial tips on how to create a successful classroom climate. I will definitely implement these practices in my classroom, so that students feel comfortable to talk to me, ask me questions, and do their best in all their work.

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Hallie Lease's curator insight, March 12, 2014 1:48 PM

Teachers are responsible for creating a comfortable learning environment for children. These tips and strategies are perfect guide for teachers to show how to create the right environment for students, and what students need to learn in the best way. 

jessica slater's curator insight, March 13, 2014 6:09 PM

Creating a successful classroom climate has many educational benefits. Most importantly, in a successful classroom, students are able to enhance learning. In my classroom, I would like to create a "warm" environment by being approachable and supportive. I would also consider changing the physical space into a more "warm" atmosphere. Having a "warm" environment enhances the quality of learning within the classroom. In addition to creating a "warm" environment, being enthusiastic and having high expectations for my students also contribute to creating a successful classroom climate in the classroom. These factors will help me create a positive classroom climate so that I can maximize the potential of my students.

Sophia Vitilio's curator insight, March 13, 2014 8:44 PM

Creating a certain climate for the classroom is very important to show that learning is and will be highly valued.  By having quality relationships, a smooth running classroom, and having personal development for students as keys, these can help to create positive classroom climates.  This is a climate I would want to have in my classroom because I believe that it is best for students to learn in a positive environment.

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Three-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core State Standards

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Three-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core State Standards

Via David Cordts
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This video explains how the Common Core State Standards is necessary for students to be able to compete in today's world. Even though these standards place everyone under one "rule," educators are still able to create their own curriculum for their students. It is reassuring to know that I can still create personalized and creative lessons for my future students, since every student is unique and important.

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David Cordts's curator insight, September 26, 2013 9:46 AM

Here's an FYI -- a good overview posted on SchoolTube providing a 3-minute video explanation of the Common Core State Standards.

Jessica Guercio's curator insight, February 19, 2014 8:31 PM

A quick overview posted in a 3-minute video explaining the Common Core State Standards. Great tool to refresh your memory about the Common Core!

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AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION "US GLOBAL COMPETENCE: A 21st CENTURY IMPERATIVE"

AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION "US GLOBAL COMPETENCE: A 21st CENTURY IMPERATIVE" http://t.co/biACQYRj

Via Lynnette Van Dyke
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This video provides real world examples on how it is imperative for American students to be globally competent today to face the needs of the U.S. and the world tomorrow. In addition, this video encourages me to stay fluent in Cantonese, and how there are many advantages in knowing more than one language. Likewise, I will encourage my future students to be fluent another language other than English because they will be working with people from different cultures and countries.

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The Difference Between Projects And Project-Based Learning

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The Difference Between Projects And Project-Based Learning

Via Greg Alchin
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This article provides helpful guidelines that describe how projects are different from project-based learning, since it is easy for me to confuse the two. It helped me realized that projects are not based on the real world tasks, but students dive into real world tasks and issues. Additionally, these guidelines will help me form project-based learning ideas for my future students.

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Greg Alchin's curator insight, November 4, 2013 5:25 AM

"They have clarified the difference between projects and project-based learning before. Projects are about the product, while project-based learning is about the process.

Stacey Jackowski's curator insight, February 19, 2014 7:57 PM

Making a poster is not project based learning.  Choosing an engaging and thought provoking topic, relating it to the real world, using creativity.........now that sounds more like it.  I remember every year in elementary school picking a topic of interest and completing a science fair project.  I also remember the engaging process of completing the project, displaying and explaining my project to my peers and teacher, and even winning a couple ribbons in the science fair.  While this is not exactly what Project Based Learning is, it is similar and I have fond memories of learning that way.  I am excited to learn more about what exactly Project Learning is and how to design and implement projects with my future students.