July 2014 - Minds in Bloom

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Check out these five classroom procedure tips to help you successfully teach classroom procedures. There's a free checklist included in the post, as well!

Classroom Procedure Tips and a Free Checklist!

Let’s focus on the classroom procedures that we need to teach our students each and every year. Clearly, this is one of those situations where a stitch in time saves nine…so let’s get sewing: Like the Boy Scouts – Be Prepared Try to anticipate every situation that will come up regularly or semi-regularly in your classroom. Imagine a typical day and write down every procedure/routine

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Writing in math class may seem unexpected, but it actually provides a way for students to strengthen their math skills and understanding. Our guest blogger shares how she uses journals in math class and some examples of different writing prompts that she assigns her students. She describes how journaling in math has helped her students to better master the content and enjoy math class!

Writing in Math Class?

Minds in Bloom is happy to present this guest post by Kim of Teaching Math by Hart. We just know you’re going to love this post on journaling in math class!   When I first introduce journaling to my students in my class, I generally hear comments like, “Aren’t we in Math class right now?” followed by, “Isn’t journaling for Language Arts class?”   Who would

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Learn all about how to efficiently and effectively use exit tickets in your classroom. They CAN be consistent, easy, and informative! Our guest blogger shares her trial-and-error with exit tickets and how she finally made them work for her.

Using Exit Tickets

Minds in Bloom is so happy to welcome Cassie from Create-Abilities! This post is a little gold mine of ideas on how to use exit slips…and tons of examples too! I need to tell you about one of my obsessions: exit tickets! I love them! They are the quickest and most effective way I have found to assess your students’ understanding of core concepts. I have tried various ways

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Notice and Note, a professional development book for teachers on the topic of close reading, shares the idea that close reading should be rigorous but not defeating. They feel that close reading should be more about the engagement between the reader and the text. How is rigor defined at your school? Do you agree with the authors' viewpoint here? I'd love to have you chime in with a comment sharing your thoughts on this topic.

“It’s Rigor, Not Rigor Mortis” A Short Reflection from Notice and Note

Artwork credits: Edusong, Dancing Crayon Designs, KG Fonts The title of this post (It’s Rigor, Not Rigor Mortis) comes from a subheading in the book, Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading by Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst. I love this subheading because it speaks to what so many fear will be the outcome of close reading: the death of the love of reading in our students. And

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TpT Sellers Conference: Best Day Ever!

Those of you who follow Minds in Bloom know that I rarely write about topics that are not directly related to, and useful for teachers. But I am making an exception today because the last few days have been so amazing and profound in my life and because I thought those of you who use Teachers Pay Teachers might enjoy a look behind the scenes.Last

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Magic Square Puzzles are a creation by Heather of HoJo's Teaching Adventures. They're the perfect supplement for both ELA and math, and they're perfect for review, enrichment, and early finishers! Learn more about them in her guest post on Minds in Bloom and get a forever freebie to some sampler puzzles!

Using Magic Square Puzzles in the Classroom

Minds in Bloom is pleased to welcome Heather from HoJo’s Teaching Adventures! Check out her awesome video to learn about Magic Square Puzzles and what an awesome teaching tool they can be! Have you heard of Magic Square Puzzles? If not, then you are in for a real treat! These puzzles are extremely engaging for students. They work well to review concepts, to fill time

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Character education is an increasingly essential aspect of curricula everywhere. The characters in The Wizard of Oz provide the perfect basis for teaching character education, and our guest blogger describes why in this post. She also shares a Character Rap that she wrote for 5th and 6th grade students. Click through to read her post and get her rap!

Follow the Character Road

  Hello from Barbara Gruener, author of The Corner on Character blog and What’s Under Your Cape? SUPERHEROES of the Character Kind.  I am somewhere over the rainbow with joy and delight today at the invitation to share my reflections about journeying down Character Road as a school family.  As is customary in my corner, I’m going to start with an inquiry:  Which character in this film family

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Brain breaks are great to incorporate into your day in the classroom, but they should be focused on more than just movement. This Roll a Brain Break activity will have your students working on things like coordination and spatial awareness, too!

Brain Breaks Freebie!

Brain Breaks are fun, of course, but I take them very seriously (in a good way!). Research has shown that kids need to move in order to keep focusing and learning. However, in my opinion moving should not be the only goal. While doing a few jumping Jacks or stretches may accomplish the goal of movement, it doesn’t do a whole lot else. A Brain

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