August 2013 - Minds in Bloom

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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