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Early Childhood and Elementary (Grades: PreK-5)

You Know You’re An Early Childhood Educator When…

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team October 30, 2017

One of the best parts of connecting with other educators in the same field as you is sharing inside jokes, stories, and daily occurrences you can all relate to. And when that field is early childhood education, those moments can get pretty hilarious. Here are some signs you’re a true-blue, tried-and-tested early childhood educator. You… Read More

How to Arrange Your Classroom to Maximize Creativity

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team August 25, 2017

Between the last relaxing days of summer vacation and the frantic pace of the start of a new school year, it’s easy to get lost in the more concrete details of transitioning seasons. While ironing out lesson plans and getting to know a classroom full of new faces, it’s also your responsibility to foster a… Read More

Summer is a perfect time for students to engage with the physical world and, quite literally, get their hands dirty as they learn. This is especially true because so many families grow gardens full of herbs, vegetables, fruit, and flowers in the summer. Growing things over the summer gives kids practical skills and helps them… Read More

5 Children's Books That Teach Empathy

By Kara Wyman June 29, 2017

Literature can help children learn to see the world through someone else’s eyes, and developing empathy for characters can help them understand people better. Students, staff, and alumni of Concordia University-Portland weighed in on this topic, and came up with five highly recommended children’s books that teach empathy in creative ways. 1. Horton Hatches The… Read More

Most parents encourage their children to read during the summer and point to examples of language and word usage all around them. But that’s not how they usually approach math, says Kathy Zolla, a Colorado middle school math teacher. Zolla notes that students often like the idea of having a math-free summer, which often results… Read More

Music classes give children a special outlet to explore their feelings and express themselves creatively. As a music teacher, you will guide your students through musical practice, giving them a chance to use musical instruments and their own voices and bodies to generate musical sounds, melodies and harmonies. Along the way, you may just instill… Read More

Activities that get students moving can keep them engaged and provide an outlet for their pent-up energy. Getting students up out of their chairs makes learning or reviewing content fun and memorable. Just make sure you take a few crucial considerations into account when choosing movement-based activities for your students. Time and space: Think about… Read More

Students need strong critical thinking skills to read and write effectively in high school and college. Furthermore, many jobs require employees to think critically to analyze data, choose the best course of action and act on their choices. The earlier students cultivate critical thinking, the more skilled they will be at producing sophisticated, thoughtful analyses… Read More

Spot the Fake: Teaching Students to be News Detectives

By Monica Fuglei January 16, 2017

Recent studies show that students and adults alike have little trouble finding news, but they have a much harder time discerning whether it is true. Teaching students how to research used to be limited to introducing them to library sources, but Google and other search engines have changed the game. The democratization of knowledge is… Read More

A think tank called Evolution Institute is developing a tuition-free school for 3- to 8-year-olds in Florida to save them from academic failure and help them overcome poverty. True to its name, the institute believes principles of evolution offer a blueprint for educating young people. Its new early learning center in East Tampa starts from… Read More

Beth Rosenbleeth started a blog called Days With Grey to incorporate many of the skills she learned in her days as an early childhood educator. Launched in April 2016, the blog merges motherhood — Grey is her preschool-age son — with education, offering small ideas to prepare children for kindergarten. “Days with Grey focuses on… Read More

Danielle Lindner was a full-time working mom with two children who needed care during the day. She had little trouble finding safe, nurturing places, but she wasn’t finding programs that shared her educational priorities for her children. An author of several children’s books and a veteran preschool/elementary school teacher, Lindner wanted a preK program that… Read More

Elementary Students and Homework: How Much Is Too Much?

By Caitrin Blake October 4, 2016

The debate over homework flared anew in the fall 2016 school year as a handful of elementary school teachers implemented drastically reduced homework policies that went viral as parents rose to applaud or condemned them. The policies that captured so much attention state that teachers would give students either no homework in the evenings, or… Read More

In her career as a pediatric occupational therapist, Amy Baez, MOT, OTR/L, noticed a trend toward teaching children to write at increasingly early ages. She believes this has led to more children being referred to therapy for poor fine motor and handwriting skills. Children who learn to write before they’re ready are likely to experience… Read More

Contemporary teachers understand that many students who struggle in certain areas aren’t misbehaving intentionally, but having difficulty with attention or executive functioning. Ellen Braaten, PhD, associate director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital, wants teachers to know that some students take longer to complete tasks because they have a… Read More