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K-2 Primary

Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in elementary school grades K-2.

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    Teachers can tweak popular strategies to assess students’ prior knowledge in order to encourage critical thinking at the same time.
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    This differentiation approach frees teachers up to meet students’ needs. The result? Students only tackle material they’re ready for, and all students achieve mastery.
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    The possibilities for creating a sensory path to give students a movement break are endless. Here’s what schools across the country are doing.
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    Remember personal time? For many educators, technology has driven it toward extinction—and it’s time to get serious about reclaiming it.
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  • The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2021

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    Reading about reading can help put young learners on the path to becoming lifelong readers, and these books will inspire them.
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