November 2013 - Minds in Bloom

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Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to not only teach about gratitude but to also teach about history. These Thanksgiving writing prompts will allow your students to explore these themes and thoughts through their writing.

20 Thanksgiving Writing Prompts

Thanksgiving is nearly here and I know you want to keep your students thinking and writing till Turkey Day. Here are some fun Thanksgiving writing prompts that will do just that. Perfect for journals, writing centers, bell work, or discussion! Try some of these with your students: Pretend you are a very smart and special turkey. You can both understand English and write (you type

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Creating a joyful school staff is one of the most important things a principal can do. Read this veteran principal's tips on how to go about doing this.

Creating a Joyful School Staff

Please welcome Stephanie of Principal Principles.  Stephanie has written a timely piece for us to enjoy.  With staff morale so low at many schools, her ideas could be just the boost your school needs to make working there a joyous experience.  Thank you, Stephanie, for sharing with us! Appreciation and morale on a campus go hand-in-hand.  People starve for appreciation.  Being recognized and appreciated for

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Are you using brain breaks in your classroom? If not, then you should consider learning more about why they're so beneficial - which I explain in this post! You'll also learn more about a set of 60 brain break cards that I can make, all of which take less than five minutes and provide a great opportunity for students to move and recharge their brains. Click through to learn more!

Brain Breaks for Squirrelly Students

  Brain breaks are so, so so important! According to pediatric occupational therapist, Loren Shlaes, When we are forced to sit still for long periods, we are either in one of two states: the just right state, meaning that our bodies can support our ability to stay present by remaining effortlessly aroused and upright, or in a sensory needs state, which means that we cannot attend because our bodies

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As teachers, we often have certain needs and personal preferences for our planners, and it can be hard to find a planner that meets those needs. Enter Personal Planner! This company allows you to design your own planner, exactly how you like it! Click through to learn more about this company.

Design Your Own Planner!

As a blogger, I am often contacted by companies that want me to review their products. I usually decline, but not this time because I have been looking for something like this for years! As a disclaimer, Personal-Planner.com did send me one for free (and one to give away), but I would have gladly paid for this, had I known about it, and the review

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