Minds in Bloom is happy to present Jen Bradshaw, the author of TeacherKarma, with her inspiring and informative post. We know you’ll find it useful! Boost learning by teaching students to set their own goals. For the past six years, I have had the opportunity to be a Literacy Coach and RtI (Response to Intervention) Specialist on a kindergarten through fifth grade elementary campus.
Archives for October 2014
Minds in Bloom presents Literacy without Worksheets with her post on classroom management. Enjoy! Classroom management can be one of the most challenging aspects of teaching. As teaching becomes more stressful with increased accountability standards and high-stakes testing, a well-managed classroom is key to maximizing student learning opportunities. The more time teachers have to spend correcting behaviors and getting students’ attention, the less time students have to learn (and this leads
Let’s all give a warm welcome to Rebecca Valera. Thanks for sharing this valuable post Rebecca! I am thrilled to talk to you today about something that I’m really passionate about, which is shared learning. Our current culture is all about sharing (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Blogging, etc.). When students share what they have learned it sticks, and completes the learning process for that specific event.
Minds in Bloom is excited to present Heather Earley with her inspiring guest post on making kids WANT to write. She’s got lots of great book suggestions. You’re bound to find a new favorite! My addiction to books has been a long and expensive habit! However, I was never much of a writer in school and dreaded “creative” writing assignments. I was missing the
Minds in Bloom is happy to present Wendy Goldfein and Cheryl Nelson of Get Caught Engineering, an integrated hands-on engineering program, with their post on finding room in your classroom for Engineering. Enjoy! When we first decided to develop an engineering program for our school, our administrator was very supportive. However, he only had one request: “Please don’t tick off the staff!” We knew that
Minds in Bloom presents Renée Goularte, a former art-instructor, a working artist, and a writer, with her post on integrating art into your curriculum. If you are a teacher, chances are you’ve said it: “We have no time for art.” Chances are equally good that you believe that art is important. It is…and it’s worth making time for! Because you know what? Art education is important in and of
Minds in Bloom is happy to introduce our readers to Jennie of A House Called Home with her inspiring post on helping struggling students. I have three daughters. They were each adopted out of foster care around the age of nine. They all had something in common: They hated to work. I heard the excuses as to why they couldn’t do it, and I
Minds in Bloom presents Brenda of Teaching…Seriously with this post jam-packed with information on Common Core standards mastery! Sprinkling standards into my existing literature program just didn’t work. Then realization struck. My students needed direct instruction, modeling, guided practice, and independent practice for each standard. This required a paradigm shift. Instead of teaching multiple standards with each story, I had to use multiple
Minds-in-Bloom is excited to present Dr. Ellen Weber’s post on developing both brain hemispheres! Imagine wooing your students into the high arctic for an afternoon sledding adventure they’ll both relish and remember. Two-footed questions such as, What if you led your dog team to an outpost camp? trigger adventures for many different learners. How does it work? Students leap to questions that integrate their right
Creative Expressions was co-founded by two sisters about one-and-a-half years ago. They produce bilingual products for teachers in the fields of English, Spanish, ESL, and math. Their article about enhancing self-esteem of at-risk students validates their belief that all students can learn under the right circumstances. We have too many students who are at risk, and as teachers we need to help them improve their self-esteem whenever possible. Sometimes, we just