Minds in Bloom is happy to present Terri Izatt from KinderKapers with a guest post on the game Fold the Line. We know you’ll love it! This is an exciting time of year as we are thinking about going back to school and getting to know a new batch of students. How do we build rapport with all these new little (or not-so-little) people?
A week ago, I published a post with ideas about how to handle students how are being mean, rude, and disrespectful to each other. The post began with a question from 4th grade teacher, Jenny Eldridge. The ideas all came from other teachers who stepped up to offer suggestions. A few days after the post went live, I received an awesome (and well written) email from
I often post questions from teachers on my Facebook wall. It is always amazing to see the helpful and insightful answers that other teachers post. A few days ago, a teacher named Jenny Eldridge had a great question. I was so impressed with the answers that I decided to post some of the 52 responses here so that more teachers could benefit. Here is Jenny’s
We all have good days, we all have bad ones, and that is certainly true for your students. However, it is not always easy to pick up on the mood of every student in your class. Here is something fun and simple to try for a week or so to help you to be more in tune with how your students are feeling – and
As educators, we remember and honor our fallen colleagues and their students from Sandy Hook School. We honor them each day in our classrooms in which we continue their dream of teaching our children. We honor their memory with our service. Join with teachers everywhere in committing random acts of kindness to show our love for Sandy Hook.
Please welcome Stephanie of Principal Principles. Stephanie has written a timely piece for us to enjoy. With staff morale so low at many schools, her ideas could be just the boost your school needs to make working there a joyous experience. Thank you, Stephanie, for sharing with us! Appreciation and morale on a campus go hand-in-hand. People starve for appreciation. Being recognized and appreciated for
I am so pleased to welcome Tama Trotti, who blogs at Across the Pond. While this is a great post for primary, these ideas can be adapted for older students as well. Even big kids need full buckets! Two years ago, I discovered bucket fillers, and we are still going strong with it in my class. I purchased the book Have you Filled a Bucket Today? A
I am so excited, and also a bit nervous, because I (along with three other great teacher-bloggers) have been invited to present at one of Laura Candler’s awesome webinars! We are collaborating together to bring you a bevy of strategies, activities, and ideas for starting your year off right. The focus will be on the building community and team-building aspects of this special time of year. We
As you get to know your new class, you will no doubt notice that some children seem to attract friends with no effort at all. They instinctively know what to say and do. Others are not so fortunate. Those are the kids who sit alone at lunch, who can never find a partner without being paired by the teacher, and who will go to the
Knowing how to make friends comes naturally to some children. However, others really struggle. These 24 friendship cards can help those struggling students to learn social skills that will help them to make and keep friends. Use them as discussion prompts in small groups or as writing prompts. Another idea is to combine the two by first having students answer the question on the card