Games in the classroom are the perfect replacement for timed tests and other forms of standardized assessment. Watch your students' mastery soar with games, plus - some of your students might even learn hidden skills, like following directions and social skills! Click through to read more about the experiment our guest blogger did with games in lieu of timed tests.

Games in the Classroom

Minds in Bloom welcomes Krista Mahan of Teaching Momster. We know you’ll love her post on games in the classroom! Let’s take a look at two classrooms. In the first classroom, students are all sitting in their seats, taking a timed test.  Some are already finished and doodling on the back of their page.  Others are using their fingers to figure out an answer.  A few are looking

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Fold the Line is an easy but thought-provoking game that will help your students get to know each other, build social skills, and discuss controversial (or not) topics. Click through to learn more about this engaging and authentic classroom activity!

Fold the Line

Minds in Bloom is happy to present Terri Izatt from KinderKapers with a guest post on the game Fold the Line. We know you’ll love it!   This is an exciting time of year as we are thinking about going back to school and getting to know a new batch of students.  How do we build rapport with all these new little (or not-so-little) people?

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Implementing close reading can feel daunting and unattainable, but it can be done. Close reading really has its own time and place in the classroom, and teachers should be incorporating it with frequency. I share 12 tips in this post that will help you get started and narrow your focus.

12 Tips for Implementing Close Reading

One of the reasons I did not dig into close reading sooner is that it seemed really intimidating. But, it turns out that while it does go deep – way beyond traditional comprehension – it is not all that mysterious. Once you learn the key pieces – what makes close reading close reading – it becomes less intimidating and more intriguing (or at least it

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I bet you've never realized that you can find a lot for your classroom at a hardware store! Melissa from Got to Teach shares a super helpful list of all of the classroom supplies you can buy at your local hardware store.

Classroom Finds From the Hardware Store

Minds in Bloom is excited to present Melissa with her post on using items from the hardware store in the classroom! Enjoy!   Aside form TeachersPayTeachers, my favorite place to shop for classroom and teaching supplies is the hardware store.  The Home Depot, Lowe’s, True Value–I love them all!  Here are just a few goodies I found on my latest window-shopping spree. Enjoy!   1.

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Improving behavior management is a real challenge, but it doesn't have to be. Read this post for a how-to of implementing a student incentive store!

Improving Behavior Management with a Student Incentive Store

Minds in Bloom is happy to present Erin Beers of Mrs. Beers’ Language Arts Class with her post on improving behavior management.   With the beginning of the school year comes excitement, anxiety, and a yearning for wanting order as soon as possible.  While classroom and behavior management differs greatly in the various school and classroom settings, it is an essential component to running a successful learning environment with

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As part of the Bright Ideas Blog Hop, Rachel shares a list of 50 ways teachers can use classroom volunteers. Outsource tedious and time-consuming tasks to classroom volunteers like parents, grandparents, and former students!

Outsource It! 50 Ways to Utilize Classroom Volunteers

As a teacher, you have a never-ending stream of work. Here is the good news: you don’t have to do it all. Classroom volunteers are the teacher’s version of outsourcing, and you should do it as much as you can. Ideally, you have a solid group of parents to fill this role, but if you don’t, consider recruiting your past students. They will love coming

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Dyslexia is an incredibly frustrating and often misunderstood learning disability. Our guest blogger, a board-certified educational therapist, shares 37 ways to help dyslexic students find more success in the mainstream classroom. Her focus areas include reading, math, writing, and social-emotional. Check out this post to get the full list!

37 Ways to Help Students with Dyslexia Flourish in the Mainstream Classroom

Minds in Bloom is excited to present Anne-Marie of Bay Tree Blog, who is giving us a TON of great tips on teaching students with dyslexia. You work so hard. You’re dynamite with your students. You spend hours preparing your classroom activities. And yet, your hard work isn’t paying off for all of your students. You’re not alone. Most classroom teachers have a small handful of students who

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Read our guest blogger's tips for adding creativity to the classroom. Art, music, dance, and drama can and should be incorporated into the general education classroom to make learning creative, fun, and memorable!

Adding Creativity to the Classroom

Minds in Bloom is excited to present Jenn Larson and her guest post on creativity in the classroom. She’s got some great tips we know you’ll love!   NOTE: As Amazon Associates, we earn from qualifying purchases. We all know that creativity is important. I mean, who doesn’t want to be one of those memorable teachers who not only teaches creatively but who encourages kids to think

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We've heard and read a lot about using mentor texts in our writing instruction, but what about using them in our reading instruction? Our guest blogger shares a few ways that mentor texts can be used to help meet the Common Core Reading standards and to ignite a bigger love of reading in your students. Check out her suggestions in this post!

Finding Success With Common Core Reading Using Mentor Text

Minds in Bloom is excited to have April Smith of Performing in Education guest posting today! This post is packed with great ideas on using mentor texts. Enjoy!   If you teach writing, then you’ve invariably used, or heard about, mentor texts. A mentor text is a book that you use to show your students examples of excellent writing, which they can then go imitate

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