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Tips & Strategies for Teaching Grade School

Experienced elementary school teachers share their tips and strategies for teaching grade school students, from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade. Learn what has and hasn't worked on diverse topics; from motivating struggling students, to helping calm pre-standardized testing nerves, to dealing with bullies and helping younger students learn appropriate socialization skills.

Just need to know how to hang on to your sanity some days? Bright Hub Education's teachers and writers share articles to help with that too, including tips for managing busy schedules, strategies for effective parent-teacher conferences, and even how to utilize time management and relaxation techniques to destress, even when it feels like you don't have time to do so!

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  • Reward Your Elementary School Students with Great Awards
    End of the year school awards are a popular part of elementary school traditions, because children love to be rewarded and made to feel special. This article has a list of ideas for awards to give to your students.
  • Celebrate the End of the Year with Funny Superlative Awards
    Teachers and students, we are on the downhill slide to summer vacation! A great way to end the year is with awards that elementary students can take home and tape to the refrigerator. Humor is key to making the last days of the year positively fun.
  • How to Prepare End of the Year Gifts for Students
    These tokens of a teacher’s appreciation for the young minds she taught can become treasured memorabilia that kids hold on to for years to come. Learn how to have this kind of impact on the children in your care and save money when creating end of the year gifts for students.
  • Three Homemade Thank You Gifts for Room Moms
    Thank you gifts for homeroom moms are sure to touch the heart. Each of the following gifts involves the creative abilities of the individual students in the class. These are simple, inexpensive gifts that will last long after school is over.
  • Spring Lessons for the Elementary Grades
    Spring is a time of awakening, and there is no better way to awaken the interest of your students than by using unique lessons and activities. Here, we have collected the best that Bright Hub Education has to offer for spring.
  • Teaching Multiculturalism and Diversity During Winter Holidays
    Many holiday customs have lost their meaning in the hustle and bustle of society. Taking time to discuss the origins of our winter traditions helps students find connections, learn about diversity and, ultimately, foster tolerance. Here's how to start.
  • Elementary Student Activities for the First Day
    What should a teacher choose as activities for the first day of school? It's the first day of school, and everyone wants it to be a great first day. Try a student created bulletin board and a candy ice breaker.
  • You Don’t Have to Be a Common Teacher to Use Common Core Standards
    What are the advantages of the Common Core Standards? Do you have to change everything that you taught before? Here are some specifics for first grade classrooms.
  • Teaching Strategies to Overcome the Achievement Gap
    As teachers, we can move beyond the talk about the achievement gap, and instead, utilize proven strategies to affect real change in our classrooms.
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