iOS app Android app

Elementary School

"It's a Ceremony!"

Adina Ciment | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
Adina Ciment

It's the season of graduations and my newsfeed is filled with caps and gowns and diplomas. This year, I had two kids doing the Pomp & Circumstance walk.

Farewell to the School Playground

Gina Maier | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Gina Maier

As the school year comes to a close, I find myself already mourning the imminent loss of one of my daily highlights: Pick up. What I will miss is the "theatre" that plays out for me within the microcosm that is my children's school playground.

19 Signs I've Been At This Parenting Thing Too Long

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

I've been parenting for 24 years now... and I still have a kid in elementary school. In fact, we are in year 18 of 20 consecutive years at the local elementary school.

Boy With Asperger's Dreaded Field Day, So Fellow Fifth-Graders Helped Him Feel Like A Star

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 06.08.2015 | Good News

When one boy felt nervous about a school event, his classmates made sure he would have the time of his life. Preston Lillis, a fifth-grader at Gra...

A Letter to My Children's Teacher From a Grateful Parent

Elizabeth Laing Thompson | Posted 06.05.2015 | Parents
Elizabeth Laing Thompson

I'm sad that my children's time with you is drawing to a close. Not just their time in this grade, with these friends. Their time with you. Their teacher.

Korean American Artist Nam June Paik Inspires Elementary School Students

Tom Nagorski | Posted 05.30.2015 | Arts
Tom Nagorski

They filed in, one by one, a long line of fourth- and fifth-grade students, quiet and well-behaved until they crossed the threshold of the Asia Society gallery. And then, one by one, they gasped, cried out, and-- in the case of one young boy-- jumped and nearly fell on landing.

5 Things I Want For My Children In Elementary School

The Mid | Posted 05.22.2015 | Parents
The Mid

If we don't have time in a day to let our children play on the playground or kick a ball on the field together at school, something is very, very broken.

I Wish I Didn't Want To Be A Teacher

Erin Taylor Green | Posted 06.29.2015 | Education
Erin Taylor Green

Life would be easier if I chose a profession that gave me answers, rather than endless questions. Life would be easier if my work friends didn't have to ask my permission to go to the bathroom. But for some inexplicable reason, every fiber of my being is called to be in this classroom with these kids.

Set Up to Fail: High Stakes Testing in Public Schools

Stacey Steinberg | Posted 06.28.2015 | Education
Stacey Steinberg

Imagine being a nine-year-old child. Picture yourself studying for a test, walking into class, feeling confident you prepared the best you could. How would you feel if after finishing the test you only understood half the questions? Would your confidence be shaken?

Scranton, Pennsylvania

Michael Hodin | Posted 06.24.2015 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

If Scranton is a symbol for de-population, it also has the opportunity to become a symbol for imaginative and progressive approaches to turn population aging into a strength and a lever for economic growth

Five of the Top Elementary, Middle and High Schools in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.23.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

SchoolDigger has ranked the top schools of every grade category in Illinois--elementary, middle and high school. The rankings are based on each school's average standard test score.

Dear Parent, Don't Be an A** at the School Play

AK Turner | Posted 06.08.2015 | Parents
AK Turner

When your child is on stage, she's looking out at the audience and there is only one thing in the world that she wants at that moment, which is to make eye contact with you. She wants to see you, to catch your eye, to know that you see her. She wants to see you and smile at you and blush when you smile back.

5 Words We All Deserve To Hear In The Morning

Kim Simon | Posted 05.31.2015 | Parents
Kim Simon

Every morning, we are out of time. Out of patience. Out of motivational ideas worthy of the pages of glossy parenting magazines. I don't have a bike to throw, but I'd toss my cup of coffee at something if I didn't need it so much.

12 Things Teachers Think But Can't Always Say to Parents

Matthew Dicks | Posted 05.16.2015 | Education
Matthew Dicks

Please know that both legally and ethically, there are times when I want to say something or agree with you but cannot for a multitude of reasons, usually pertaining to the privacy of another student. I will miss your child for the rest of my life, even if your child was incredibly difficult and made my days long and exhausting.

Why Would You Call Them 'Miracle Schools'?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

A recent online kerfuffle raised the question -- yet again -- of whether it is possible for schools to help children of color and children from low-income homes learn to high standards. I'm always a bit surprised that it's still necessary to have this conversation, but I guess it is.

The One Thing I 'Force' on My Kids

AK Turner | Posted 05.02.2015 | Parents
AK Turner

There is one thing I force my kids to do. A daily ritual on which I will not compromise. A foundation that will make any of their other interests possible, probable, and positive. I call it our Family Creed.

To See What Your Kids Are Missing, Crack This Book

Peter Mandel | Posted 04.18.2015 | Education
Peter Mandel

The contemporary kid's dawn-to-dusk schedule runs over an unusual fact: The most crucial, the most fussed-about, the most prideful chunk of the long-ago kid's education is gone. Completely absent. One-hundred-percent missing in action.

My Child Won't Go to School: School Avoidance and What to Do

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

It is important that we remember that children want to succeed and feel good. When they are avoiding or refusing to go to school (their job), it means something isn't right for them and it is our job as parents and educators to figure it out.

6 Ways To Make Sure Your Quiet Child Doesn't Get Lost In The Shuffle

David Kanegis | Posted 04.09.2015 | Fifty
David Kanegis

If your child is academically on level, doesn't create classroom conflict and is too often ignored, this article is for you.

A Crayon for Iqra

Celia Buckman | Posted 04.01.2015 | Teen
Celia Buckman

Homework is a challenge for the tutors and kids. It's hard to teach a 12-year-old algebra in forty minutes when they don't know how to count yet. But something has to go down on the worksheet.

Use Twitter to Create a Global Classroom

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 03.31.2015 | Education
Homa Sabet Tavangar

At a time when global news is sounding alarms across so many issues, the need to connect, be informed, and deepen our understanding is greater than ever.

4 Surprising Reasons Why Preschool and Kindergarten Must Change

Rob Furman | Posted 03.15.2015 | Education
Rob Furman

We need to take a serious look at our Pre-K and Kindergarten programs before we have a generation of students so far behind they will never catch up.

Principal Raises Money To Buy Shoes For Entire School After Seeing Kids' Tattered Footwear

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 01.05.2015 | Good News

This educator proves some of the most important lessons aren't academic. Nissa Ellet, principal of Heth-Washington Elementary in Indiana, became ...

A Fifth-Grader Discusses Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 02.20.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

This is the interview with my granddaughter, a fifth-grader discusses Common Core.

Memories of Violence: Family Discusses Why It's Important to Support Their Trans Child

Randall Jenson | Posted 01.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Randall Jenson

Last year, Mazy was aware and confident enough in herself, after coping with a lot of self-shame and bullying, to share with her family, second grade class and elementary school that she had always known she was a girl.