Elementary School

Education news, analysis, and opinion about schools serving the lower grades, typically up to 5th, and their students
Third-graders Fermando Lira, left, and Kale Regier work on an experiment with magnets during a class lesson on magnetism and force Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, at Sioux City's Perry Creek Elementary School. The lesson was part of an International Baccalaureate learning inquiry. Perry Creek Elementary is one of three schools in the district pursuing designation as an International Baccalaureate World School.
Third-graders Fermando Lira, left, and Kale Regier work on an experiment with magnets during a class lesson on magnetism and force on Dec. 3, 2021, at Sioux City's Perry Creek Elementary School.
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Science Elementary Science Materials Still Lag Standards. Could Free Resources Help?
Well-designed science materials could give elementary teachers critical support in the subject—and bolster goals for reading comprehension.
Sarah Schwartz, October 28, 2022
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School & District Management Earlier School Times Don't Hurt Elementary Students' Learning, Research Shows
Districts often need to stagger start times. The evidence suggests secondary students should start later.
Caitlynn Peetz, October 13, 2022
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Recruitment & Retention Opinion What One School Is Doing to Keep Its Teachers
In just three years, my school boosted teacher retention from 63 percent to 100 percent. Here's how.
Sarah Yost, October 13, 2022
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Curriculum Republicans and Democrats Agree: High Schools Should Teach 'Controversial' Issues
While Republicans and Democrats agree on some topics, there are sharp political divides on others, especially LGBTQ issues.
Sarah Schwartz, October 12, 2022
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Classroom Technology How Do Kids View Smart Speakers and AI in the Classroom? 6 Things to Know
Classroom devices fueled by AI, including smart speakers, have implications for curriculum, social-and-emotional learning, and more.
Alyson Klein, July 27, 2022
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Student Well-Being Suicide Is Rising Among Younger Students. Here's How Schools Can Prevent Tragedy
There's a need for more mental health supports for children and preadolescents in a system often skewed toward those in high schools.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 1, 2022
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Parents are hesitant to vaccinate their children due to concerns about potential short- and long-term side effects.
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Student Well-Being COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids Are Coming. How Many Parents Will Opt for the Shot?
Getting students vaccinated will make in-person learning safer as well as more consistent and manageable, experts argue.
Arianna Prothero, October 29, 2021
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This October 2021 photo provided by Pfizer shows kid-sized doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in Puurs, Belgium. The vaccine appear safe and nearly 91% effective at preventing symptomatic infections in 5- to 11-year-olds, according to study details released Oct. 22, 2021, as the U.S. considers opening vaccinations to that age group.
Kid-sized doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. An FDA advisory committee has recommended that the vaccine be approved for emergency use in 5- to 11-year-old children.
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Student Well-Being COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 5 to 11 Clears Hurdle to Emergency Approval
But some members of the FDA's vaccine advisory panel raised concerns that schools may prematurely mandate the vaccine for younger children.
Arianna Prothero, October 26, 2021
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Teaching The Tough Task Ahead for 1st Grade Teachers
Many children missed out on kindergarten or experienced a more disrupted version. Now, 1st grade teachers will have to fill in the gaps.
Madeline Will, June 22, 2021
10 min read
The Mississippi Department of Education offices are seen in Jackson, Miss. on March 19, 2020. The state's board of education decided this winter that it would suspend the retention policy for third graders this year, allowing all students to pass on to the fourth grade even if they fail the standardized reading test.
The Mississippi Department of Education offices are seen in Jackson, Miss. The state's board of education decided this winter that it would suspend the retention policy for 3rd graders this year, allowing all students to pass on to the 4th grade even if they fail the standardized reading test.
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Reading & Literacy Pandemic Prompts Some States to Pass Struggling 3rd Graders
As families wrestle with online learning, a pandemic economy and mental health difficulties, some states are delaying 3rd grade retention.
Aallyah Wright, Stateline.org, June 7, 2021
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Teaching Opinion The 10 Zoom Commandments for Elementary School Teachers
Remote learning can feel like trying to play soccer on the moon, but there still are basic principles of teaching we can cling to, writes Justin Minkel.
Justin Minkel , February 24, 2021
4 min read
School & District Management What the Research Says How Can Video-Conferenced Lessons Affect Learning for the Youngest Students?
There has been very little research on very young students learning remotely, but emerging research on video lessons could provide clues for educators working to stem learning loss.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 7, 2020
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