March 2014 - Minds in Bloom

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Have you ever used interactive notebooks? If not, read this list of seven reasons why you should use them. We know you'll be convinced to use interactive notebooks after that!

7 Reasons to Use Interactive Notebooks

Hello! My name is Jennifer Smith Jochen from Smith Curriculum and Consulting, and I am ECSTATIC to be here at Minds in Bloom with you today! I have been using interactive notebooks in some way, shape, or form for the past eight years and “officially” the correct way since fall of 2010. I have seen so many benefits with the usage of them over the

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Teaching in a dual language classroom can be challenging enough, but research projects add an extra level of challenge. Our guest blogger, who teaches in a 4th grade dual language classroom, describes every step of how she carried out a research project with her students. She had them reading in Spanish and writing in English, so she describes how she modeled what students were supposed to do and how she guided their learning throughout the project.

Reading Informational Text and Doing Research in the Dual Language Classroom

Please welcome Kelly of Learning in Two Languages.  Today she gives us a wonderful peek into how she teaches reading informational text and research in a dual language classroom.  Thanks for sharing, Kelly! Teaching children to effectively use comprehension skills to understand what they read is not an easy task. As teachers we know that we can spend months helping students tackle complex texts; however, I

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Close reading is an important part of every teacher's literacy instruction, but it can be enhanced even further with the use of QR codes! Our guest blogger describes how she has integrated the use of QR codes into her close reading instruction to further supplement and enhance her instruction.

Close Readings with QR Codes

Friends, I’m Monica Schroeder, and I am so excited to be writing this guest post for Minds in Bloom!  The amazing Rachel Lynette has allowed me to share my Close Readings with QR Codes! I am here to show you how my students have been using QR codes to practice their reading skills.  Now, please know that we have been practicing our close reads all year

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The Accelerated Learning Model (ALM)

Hi everyone! This is Cyndie from Chalk One Up for the Teacher and I’m so excited to be guest blogging over here on Minds in Bloom. I want to thank Rachel for the fabulous opportunity.  Today I’m so fortunate enough to be co-blogging with our GATE teacher, Brittney Varao. (She doesn’t have a blog…yet!)   We are here to talk about an innovative new program

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Test prep is often considered to be tedious, overwhelming, and boring. But, there are certain ways you can run your classroom and activities you can include that help with squeezing in test prep throughout the entire school year.

Squeezing in Test Prep

Hi there!  My name is Joey Udovich, and I’m so excited and honored to be posting on Minds in Bloom! Before we get down to the nitty gritty, I will tell you a little bit about myself. I am an elementary teacher of five years.  I have been working with children for going on 10 years through after-school programs, subbing, and being a part of a

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If there's anything we need in schools, it's teacher time savers! Our guest blogger shares a variety of different tips and tricks that help teachers save time and keep their classrooms organized. Click through to read all of her tips for teacher time savers!

Teacher Time Savers

I’m Susanna from Whimsy Workshop Teaching, and I’m  thrilled to be back sharing more ideas with you today! This time I want to pass along some teacher time savers. There are many new ideas that I come across or create myself that truly improve the efficiency and productivity in the classroom. I often wish I’d discovered them when I first started teaching; I could have

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Organizing your classroom library doesn't need to be a pain. Our guest blogger shares exactly how she has her classroom library organized and includes pictures so that you can see it, too. Be sure to read this post to get all the scoop; we know it will be especially helpful to primary teachers!

Organizing Your Classroom Library

Please welcome Megan of Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade.  Today, she shares with us how she keeps her classroom library tidy and accessible to her students, which is not an easy task!  Thanks Megan.     Over the last few years, I’ve developed a system that works beautifully for keeping our classroom library organized, and I am excited to share it with you today! It’s so

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