October 2011 - Minds in Bloom

Teaching Blog Traffic School

If you have a teaching blog or if you sell teaching materials online or if you have written books for teachers or created any other teacher resources, then you really need to get Charity Preston’s Teaching Blog Traffic School. TBTS is an amazing collections of 30 videos that will teach you everything you need to know about online marketing. Not only that, you also get

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Free Halloween Activity Ideas Ebook!

I compiled this ebook of Halloween Activity Ideas as a little “thank you” to all my followers. Minds in Bloom Newsletter subscribers got it a few days ago, but I want to make sure everyone has a chance to download it, so I am posting it here. If you haven’t subscribed to the newsletter yet, now would be a great time! Every issue is includes freebies like this one,

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Looking to add a little educational fun to your Halloween celebration? These Witches' Brew activities will have your students writing and doing math!

Halloween Fun with Witches’ Brew

Witches’ Brew is such a fun concept to work with because so many disgusting things can go into it. Here are three fun ideas for using Witches’ Brew: Add a Verse Primary students will love Hap Palmer’s song, “Witches’ Brew.” You can see the lyrics and listen to the song right here on Songs for Teaching. In addition to learning the song, you can make up

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Laura Candler's Power Reading Workshop: A Step-by-Step Guide

Laura Candler’s Power Reading Workshop

“As you implement the Power Reading Tools and students accept more responsibility for becoming better readers, reading instruction in your classroom will become student-centered rather than teacher-centered. You’ll become a reading coach instead of a reading teacher. In so doing, you’ll empower your students to love reading and to grow as readers.” – Laura Candler When I taught reading, I usually used novels. There were two or three ability-based reading groups each

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Journal prompts make for excellent writing activities, but they have the potential to bore kids to tears when they're not done well. This blog post describes how you can write great journal prompts that engage students and get them excited to write!

How to Write Great Journal Prompts

The other day, my sweetheart’s third grade daughter, Claire, was talking about how much she loves her new teacher. When I asked why, one of the first things she said was, “She makes writing fun! I used to hate writing, but she gives us neat stuff to write about.” When I asked for an example, she enthusiastically told me about how the teacher had them write

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