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Elementary School

What if Schools Taught Kindness?

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 02.08.2016 | Education
Greater Good Science Center

When other kids are suffering, can we understand how they might be feeling? Kindness bridges those gaps and helps build a sense of connection among the students, the teachers, and even the parents.

Send the Right Message: Abolish Red Pens for Correcting Papers

Karen Gross | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Karen Gross

I recently saw a paper written by a fourth grader that was returned by her English teacher with more red ink than student handwriting. And, the teacher had literally re-written the entire student piece in red.

Our (Severely Depressed) Child Was Left Behind

Amy Aves Challenger | Posted 01.28.2016 | Parents
Amy Aves Challenger

For the last four months, my son has been severely depressed, buried in a down comforter desiring only to attach to a computer or snuggle with a pillow. I've feared losing him. He's rarely been willing to leave the house or often his room.

Watching Recess Go to Pieces

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 01.21.2016 | Education
Shira Hirschman Weiss

As kids turn to couch potatoes in this Golden age of TV, and with the popularity of Netflix, iPods and iPads, we should be encouraging fresh air and exercise as much as we can. I really hate watching recess go to pieces.

The Deplorable Learning Conditions Of Detroit Public Schools Are Unethical, Not Our Protests

Pam Namyslowski | Posted 01.13.2016 | Education
Pam Namyslowski

Mr. Earley, you accuse us of drowning out the voices of our students. You stated we are "using students as pawns to advance a political position." You have it backwards. The recent action of teachers is not an attempt to drown out the voices of the students. It is an attempt to finally make their voices heard.

School Made 8-Year-Old Change Out Of Her 'Black Girls Rock' Shirt

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 12.15.2015 | Black Voices - The News for South Mississippi Makiyah-Jae, 8, was forced to change her shirt that read "Black Girls Rock" after the principal at Po...

Santa Claus Gave Me The Sex Talk

Wes Janisen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Wes Janisen

It was a crisp, clear day in December 1998, and I'd just been released from my 5th grade classroom for Winter Break. It had been a spectacular day, fi...

How Teachers Drain Motivation From Children and 7 Ways to Fix It

Li Lin | Posted 12.09.2015 | Education
Li Lin

I first heard of Mrs. Queenie Johnson, M.A. through an amazing Brand Church Periscope, and I was instantly hooked by her charisma and knowledge when it came to branding, teaching, and parenting.

Sometimes It's Okay to Bend the Rules

Beverly Willett | Posted 12.07.2015 | Parents
Beverly Willett

While there was plenty of educational purpose to our trip, weren't we also supposed to have fun? Bond, eat junk food and hide under the covers? Wouldn't it be okay to bend the rules a little bit and turn a blind eye if the kids stuffed harmless contraband in my bag?

Children Are the Future of Museums

Paula Wallace | Posted 12.03.2015 | Education
Paula Wallace

Children deserve a chance to visit museums, and they depend on parents and educators to provide them that chance. When we limit access to elevated environments, we run the risk of denying children important academic gains and learning skills.

15 Classroom Holiday Party Ideas To Help You Ring In Winter Break

The Huffington Post | Abigail Williams | Posted 12.03.2015 | Education

The end of first semester can be hectic for teachers, with students turning in final projects in a series of never ending deadlines. With all tha...

Challenging Gendered Cultures in Childhood to Address School Bullying

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Elizabethe C. Payne

One of the overwhelming findings is that kids are living in a world where sexism and sexual violence are not only normalized, but the relationship between sexism and sexual violence is deeply interconnected.

Diversity In Picture Books

Melanie Hope Greenberg | Posted 10.29.2015 | Books
Melanie Hope Greenberg

Picture book crafting challenges me to depict life in its simplest forms. At the same time the craft is multi-dimensional. I've always enjoyed paintings which tell several stories captured in a single frame.

Underrepresented Third Graders Learning to Code: Elementary Education 2.0

Romal Tune | Posted 10.27.2015 | Education
Romal Tune

It is critical to think about ways to impact children's learning at the youngest levels. Providing elementary-aged students with appropriate hands-on lessons and application of computer science content should be key for student learning.

Clipped Down...

Erin Musto | Posted 10.19.2015 | Parents
Erin Musto

I was a good kid, I had different skills and tools. We all do. I don't want my girls to grow up thinking that we all need to be amazing and fantastic every day. I also know that this knowledge and support of our kids being human and real starts with us, parents.

School District Bans Playing Tag, Claiming It's Not Safe For Kids

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 09.25.2015 | Weird News

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On Colonial Fairs and 'De-Colonizing' American History in Elementary School

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 09.18.2015 | Education
Frank Ligtvoet

The relative exclusion of African Americans and Native Americans in the colonial curriculum of so many schools in the U.S., even in its mild liberal form, has strange effects.

Lesson From an Elementary School Teacher

Kathy Nimmer | Posted 09.15.2015 | Education
Kathy Nimmer

One of the magnificent elementary teachers I have been able to observe in three recent days of school visits had a simple but wonderful task for her second and third grade high ability students.

Sometimes We Skip Homework

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 09.13.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

Generally, whenever we don't have time to complete our homework, I am bombarded by an unpleasant cocktail of emotions: guilt, irritation, anxiety, frustration. That's right: I, a 37-year-old mother, felt overwhelmed and resentful about our third grade homework load. That's just not right.

A Parent's Advice for a New Year Teacher (or Any Teacher)

Justine Solot | Posted 09.01.2015 | Parents
Justine Solot

I know being a teacher is an exhausting job. You are overworked, underpaid, and not adequately respected for the gift you give our communities. I hate to add work to your plate, but I promise communication up front will go along way in ensuring a successful year teaching.

4 Back-to-School Identity Theft Tips to Keep Kids Safe | Posted 08.28.2015 | Parents

Summer is drawing to a close, which means children across the country will be lacing up new sneakers and sitting down in new desks for the start of another school year. Parents have enough to worry about when sending their young ones out into the world without them, but how much does the average parent know about protecting their child's identity?

Spreading Their Wings -- Back to School

Lakshmi Iyer | Posted 08.27.2015 | Parents
Lakshmi Iyer

The lump in my throat has less to do with the impending start of first grade than the succession of years that flash before my eyes before they will eventually spread their wings to fly away from home.

A Letter to My Daughter's First Grade Teacher

Jennifer Panditaratne | Posted 08.27.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Panditaratne

With only one year -- kindergarten -- under our belts and no older sibling to pave the way, I'm still fairly new to all of this. When you find yourself throwing your hands up in the air and wondering, "is she even trying?" please know the answer is yes.

How to Stop Policing Girls and Women

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

Unfortunately, policing of females doesn't diminish as we get older and it trickles into our social lives, our interactions with the general public and at work. Dress codes -- on paper or through verbal expectations -- are an easy way to determine if there is disparate treatment of the genders.

WATCH: Brother and Sister Duo Empower Kids to Protect the Environment

HooplaHa | Posted 08.19.2015 | Good News

These audacious children have traveled the world spreading their message and have even developed a curriculum for elementary school students.