Math Curriculum Encourages Mental Flexibility

Teachers are finding that when students are encouraged to find multiple solutions and ways to solve a problem, there are benefits when a math curriculum encourages mental flexibility. It seemed like a simple problem for the third graders in Theresa Gilbert’s...

Living the Civil War Life in Fifth Grade

History came alive for elementary school students who designed a project to experience living the civil war life in fifth grade. The students learned and performed antebellum dances, and lined up for marching orders from a sergeant in uniform.  They learned and played...

Students Learn Many Lessons in the School Garden

Elementary school students learn many lessons in the school garden, and they have fun doing it too!  From planting to harvest, students learn about plant life, nutrition, science, math, and working together. “I don’t know what kind of tomato it is, but it’s green and...

Project Based Learning is Learning by Doing

When second graders can design a new outdoor classroom for themselves, it becomes clear that project based learning is learning by doing. Yes, really designing it, not just dreaming about it, but designing a space that can actually be build. How about fourth graders...

New Focus on Reading Fluency

There is a new focus on reading fluency for elementary school students, encouraging students to not only learn to ready but to enjoy it as well. Students in Julie King’s second grade classroom at Pittsburgh Colfax K-8 will read more aloud this year, including...