April 2012 - Minds in Bloom
We all know how important it is to have an attention signal--or a variety of attention signals--in the classroom. Check out these attention signal ideas that teachers shared on the Minds in Bloom Facebook page!

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: As Amazon Associates, we earn from qualifying purchases. I like

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Get Those Kids Moving Link Up!

Are your students having trouble sitting still? Are the they restless or maybe having trouble staying awake for a whole lesson? It can often be challenging to keep students’ attention during this time of year, which is why I am having this link up. Recently, Minds in Bloom has featured several posts about getting kids moving during the day. These posts will tell you why

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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 likely, you have at least a few students with these

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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 have at least a few students with these challenges every

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Kids' minds wander; that's just a fact of life! Help your students bring their minds back to the lesson with these 20 ways to keep your students' attention.

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 (count down from ten) to find another desk to sit

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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 available in my TpT store.   Download yours for free

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Totally Task Cards Giveaway

This Giveaway closed on April 18. Congratulations to these 60 Winners! Winners were contacted by email and each given the prize of one set of Questioning Task Cards. I know there were only supposed to be 25 winners, but so many people entered that I increased the number of winners to 60. Thank you to EVERYONE who entered. I really appreciate you visiting Totally Task

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Do you know just how important good sitting is for student learning? Our guest blogger, an occupational therapist, talks about the best ways for students to sit to help their bodies and their minds in this post.

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, or other issues be successful in the classroom. Most likely,

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Free Reading Strategy Posters

FREE: 8 Reading Response Posters!

Use these bright and colorful, free reading response posters for centers or classroom decor. Posters included: Author’s Purpose (using the PIE acronym) Summarize It (using a SUM acronym that I created) Connecting (text-to-self, text-to-text, text-to-world) Compare and Contrast Inference Questioning Visualizing Predicting UK/AU spellings are included at the end of the document. These will also go well with several of my reading strategy task card sets.

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Advice from the OT: Why It’s So Hard for Children to Sit Still and What You Can Do About It

  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.

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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 terrific writing prompts.   Math Line-Up Write a different math

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