Wednesday’s guest post about why kids need to move from pediatric occupational therapist Loren Shlaes was so popular that I decided to follow it up with a list of Brain Breaks you can use with your students. These are great to use anytime your students are feeling restless and are struggling to pay attention. Most of these will only take a few minutes, and then you can get
Minds in Bloom is so very honored to welcome guest blogger Loren Shlaes, a registered pediatric occupational therapist and regular contributor to the special needs blog at Pediastaff (who were instrumental in making this series possible). This is the first in a series of posts from Loren about how to help students, who may be challenged with attention, sensory, or other issues, be successful in the classroom.
Today, Minds in Bloom is thrilled to welcome guest blogger Jen Lilienstein, founder of Kidzmet, a website devoted to making learning fun by meeting the needs of every learner. One of the things I come across most often in my interactions with both parents and teachers is a misunderstanding of what an introvert truly is. Parents will say things like, “My child is extroverted—she just takes
Looking for some terrific ideas to use in your classroom? This ebook is a compilation of the 40 best ideas that came from the Incredible Ideas contest that I was lucky enough to participate in, along with Shelley Gray (who hosted and put this great book together), Laura Candler, and Denise Boehm. Inside this 21-page ebook, you will find: Ideas for building community in your classroom
Ideally, the classroom is a place where everyone is valued and accepted. In reality this is seldom the case. Some children seem to be socially gifted – they know how to work and play with others, and for the most part, they are popular and well liked. For other, less fortunate children, the social world of the classroom and, perhaps more importantly, the playground is
Most teachers in the primary grades (and often upper elementary, too) have some sort of program to honor a different student each week. Usually this involves a special display, sharing, and sometimes special jobs or privileges. Each day of the week brings a different Student of the Week activity. Here are some ideas for things you might want to include in your Student of the Week
It would be great if kids would only use the bathroom at recess and lunch, but in the real world, kids often need to use the bathroom during class – sometimes at the most inconvenient times! Here are five ideas for managing this little inconvenience. Put your bathroom passes on lanyards. Require students to wear them around their necks when they go to the bathroom.
Every teacher knows that you must have specific procedures in place for your classroom to run smoothly. Here is a checklist that you can use to make sure that you have a procedure or a routine for everything. This would be a great tool for a first year teacher, as well as a good reminder for those who have been around awhile. You can download
Often, we talk, they listen…or don’t listen. It can be hard to tell (or sometimes blatantly easy – if they are falling asleep). When you are doing a lesson that requires a lot of teacher instruction, how can you keep everyone engaged? Here are some ideas. Pick a Random Kid Use popsicle sticks with your students’ names on them or some other way to generate a
One year I had a particularly challenging group of third graders in terms of classroom culture. They just did not get along. They frequently treated each other unkindly. There were, of course, a few ring leaders, but it seemed like many of the other kids just kind of went along. Here are some of the things my teaching partner and I did to try to make