Place value is a core understanding in math that comes up over and over again in the curriculum through K-12 schooling. Our guest blogger believes that place value should be revisited often, and she shares a few tips for how to teach and practice place value year-round.

Place Value at Every Grade

Hello! I’m Ashley from The Teacher’s Treasure Chest!  I am so thankful Rachel let me stop by Minds in Bloom! I love her blog and have used several of her products! I have been teaching for five-and-a-half years. For two-and-a-half years, I was substitute teaching. The other three were spent in the primary levels. I am very excited, though, to be starting my adventure into the intermediate

Finding Measurement Tough to Manage? Ideas for 4th and 5th Grade

We continue our awesome guest post from Chris of Making Meaning.  If you missed the first post about finding time for measurement and data for 2nd and 3rd grade, read more here.     Take it away Chris! The Fourth Grade MD standards: As fractions become more important in 4th grade, the percentage of standards in the MD strand goes down to 25% (7 out

Primary teachers love the book "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?"--and for good reason! Learn more ways to use this community-building book in your classroom to teach your students how to be bucket fillers instead of bucket dippers.

Ideas for Using the Book Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

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

Amazing Grade 4-5 Bundle from Educents – HUGE Savings!

I am trying something new that I am very excited about, and I think you will be too! I have teamed up with a bunch of other bloggers to bring you an amazing bundle of awesome grade 4-5 products. We have each contributed to the bundle and selling it through Educents at a price that is just a fraction of what you would pay if

Finding Measurement Tough to Manage? Ideas for 2nd and 3rd

Please welcome Chris of Making Meaning.  Chris wrote an in depth blog post about finding ways to sneak in measurement and data standards into your classroom each day.  It was so good that I decided to break it into two posts.  One for 2nd and 3rd grade and the other for 4th and 5th grade. Thanks for sharing these terrific ideas with us Chris! The

Parent Communication Ideas

Welcome to our latest guest blogger Bex! She shares with us her methods of parent communication. How do you keep in touch with parents?   Hi everyone, it’s Bex from Reading and Writing Redhead. Thanks so much to Rachel of Minds in Bloom for having me guest post. What a treat! Parent communication is always a hot topic and I have a few thoughts and

Teachers on Pinterest, Sponsored by Pinterest!

Just a quick post to tell you that Pinterest has decided to give teachers a home of their very own on Pinterest. Pinterest has started a bunch of teaching-related boards and chosen a different teacher-pinner to host each one. I wasn’t lucky enough to be selected for that honor, but the alway amazing Charity Preston was! She is hosting the 4th grade board and has

Creating a Science Content Center in Your Classroom

 Yippee! A stunning post from Ari of The Science Penguin! You are going to get a ton of great ideas!   A science content center as part of your centers rotation can be a lot of fun for your students!  Even your hard-to-reach students will love going to the science center.  I have been thinking a lot about how I want to change my science

Algebra is typically reserved for upper middle school and high school, but did you know that the Common Core State Standards encourage strands for teaching algebraic thought as early as kindergarten? Our guest blogger, a seasoned mathematical instructor with advanced degrees, breaks down this Common Core standard about algebraic thought and explains how it can be taught in grades K-5. Click through to read her explanations!

Developing the Common Core Strand of Algebraic Thought with Representations

I am so very pleased to welcome Dr. Shari Beck of Teaching to Make a Difference to Minds in Bloom. Her in-depth post on developing algebraic thinking shows you exactly how to apply the standards to each elementary grade level.   Algebraic thinking is part of one of the major content strands included in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, and a vertical progression

How our Words Affect Our Students

Today, I am taking part in the Sowing the Seeds of Success: Creating a Caring Classroom Webinar, which is going to be amazing. Preparing for my part got me thinking a lot about classroom culture and how much we, as teachers, influence it. How we interact with our students makes such a huge difference on so many levels. Of course, you know all this, but

Student-led conferences are a game-changer for improving classroom behavior and strengthening parent-teacher-child relationships. Oh, and they're an amazing way to strengthen students' self-confidence! Learn more about how student-led conferences work in this guest post on Minds in Bloom.

Make a REAL Impact on Student Learning with Student-Led Conferences!

Minds in Bloom is excited to welcome Jan from Dragon’s Den Curriculum to the blog today! Jan is sharing with all of us the wonderful benefits of student-led conferences and why she thinks these should be come the new norm for parent-teacher conferences.   Many, many thanks to Rachel for allowing me to be a guest blogger! Yuck! It’s that time of year again. Conferences!

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