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What can I do to get the students attention in my classroom

Attention Signal Ideas!

A while back I asked my Facebook followers to share their favorite attention signals. They were, of course, awesome and shared a bunch of them. There are so many really great ideas that I decided to post them here for more teachers to see. I hope you find something you can use with your students! NOTE:

Did you know that there is a right way to write? Many teachers and parents don't realize this. Our guest post from an occupational therapist discusses the right way to write and the writing, coloring, and painting utensils that you need to throw out or modify to teach students to hold those utensils correctly.

Teach Your Students the Right Way to Write

Guest blogger, Loren Shlaes is a registered pediatric occupational therapist and a regular contributor to the special needs blog at PediaStaff (where this post is also being published). This is the fourth 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. Most

Looking for a new game to play with multiple choice task cards? This fun Traveling Task Cards game might be just what you're looking for! Click through to this post to learn how to set up this game and to get instructions for playing it.

Traveling Task Cards: A Fun Game for Multiple Choice Task Cards!

Traveling Task Cards is a great way to get your kids up and moving while they are learning!   Here is What You Need: One set of multiple choice task cards with enough cards so that each student can have one card. Prize globes, plastic eggs, snack-sized storage container, colorful envelopes, or other fun container Signs

Many teachers take away recess and sometimes even PE class when their students misbehave. However, this is the wrong decision when it comes to students' academic success. Kids need recess and PE in order to be successful academically, and this blog post explains more about why.

Why Kids Need Recess and PE for Academic Success

Guest blogger Loren Shlaes is a registered pediatric occupational therapist and regular contributor to the special needs blog at Pediastaff (where this post is also being published). This is the third 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. Most likely, you

How can I keep my students' attention in the classroom?

20 Ways to Keep Your Students’ Attention

As the end of the year approaches, it can be more and more challenging to keep your students’ attention. Brain Breaks are important, but there are plenty of things you can do within a lesson to keep kids from day dreaming…or worse yet, nodding off. Here are some ideas: Desk Switch: Students have ten seconds

what are some fun ways to boost critical thinking in the classroom

7 FREE Creative and Critical Thinking Activities

Looking for some fun after-testing creative and critical thinking activities? Try these seven ready-to-use printables! This is actually a mini-sampler, as each activity has been pulled from one of my other critical and creative thinking skills products. They all work fine as stand-alone activities and will give you a taste of some other great activities

how does posture affect learning in the classroom?

Advice from the OT: Why Good Sitting = Good Learning

Minds in Bloom is once again honored to welcome guest blogger Loren Shlaes, a registered pediatric occupational therapist and a regular contributor to the special needs blog at Pediastaff (where this post is also being published). This is the second in a series of posts from Loren about how to help students who may be challenged with attention, sensory,

Reading Comprehension Posters Free

FREE: 8 Reading Response Posters!

Reading Comprehension Strategies Posters You Need! Use these bright and colorful, free reading response posters for centers or classroom decor. Match them perfectly with our reading strategies bundle with multiple resources that will build the foundation of your students’ reading comprehension! Posters Included: Predicting Inference Questioning Connecting Visualizing Author’s Purpose Compare & Contrast Summarizing Predicting Making predictions in

3-minute brain breaks

Brain Breaks – 20 awesome ways to energize your students FAST!

Brain Breaks Can Be Quick! Click here to read more posts like this! Do you use Brain Breaks with your students? You should! This amazing 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 for kids!   These are

12 Activities with Plastic Eggs

Journal Prompts Write journal prompts on small slips of paper, and put each one in an egg.  Have each student pick an egg and write about whatever prompt he or she gets.  Have students return their prompts and use them again on another day. Create your own, or print off some of these 200 prompts

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