November 2014 - Minds in Bloom

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Our guest bloggers, Mollie and Amy, share how they totally rearranged their classroom in order to encourage more collaboration and self-directed learning. The reviews are in: It's a hit with their students and their students' parents!

New Classroom Set Up: Encouraging Self-Directed Learning and Collaboration

Hi! We are Mollie and Amy from Two Nutty Teachers Teachin’ from the Same Tree, and we have been playing the “What If” game for quite some time… What if we completely emptied our classrooms and created a new environment that felt inviting, comfortable, and highlighted all of the things we feel are key to student success? This year we finally got brave and took

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Art activities and projects aren't just for the art teacher! Classroom teachers can do art integration to get their students thinking in creative, cross-disciplinary ways. This art teacher shares ways in which classroom teachers can integrate art into their lessons and projects.

Art Integration for Classroom Teachers

Minds in Bloom welcomes Jenny, the owner of Art with Jenny K., with her post on art integration. We know you’ll find it useful! “The creative adult is the child that survived.”  I came across this quote by author Ursala Le Guin a few months ago, and it has stuck with me ever since. It encapsulates why it is so important to integrate creative arts into

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Need fun ways to practice multiplication? Here's a list of 11 fun games and activities that you can do with your class to help them strengthen their multiplication skills.

Fun Ways to Practice Multiplication

Minds in Bloom is happy to introduce Lauren from Mrs. Thompson’s Treasures with her post on how to get students to have fun while practicing their multiplication. Enjoy!   Multiplication is one of those skills in math that kids really will use almost every day of their lives. Thankfully, it’s also a skill that can be practiced in many fun ways. Here are some great

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Our guest blogger shares her tips on how to effectively manage small group instruction. Her tips focus specifically on reading and math centers and small group instruction built into those center stations.

Small Group Instruction

Minds in Bloom presents Laura of First Grade Spies, with her post on small group instruction. Enjoy! I love working with small groups of students! Working with small groups gives me the opportunity to really get to know my cutie pies, to gently guide them through their journey of discovery. It’s such a great feeling to be sitting in the “front row” and seeing that

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Tips to Make Reading Fluency Fun!

Here’s a familiar scene:  Your students are reading paragraphs out loud. The first student reads in a monotone voice, while there are no actual mistakes, she has less expression than Siri on your Iphone. Student number two sounds great, except that she has guessed (wrongly) at two of the words in the paragraph and skipped over two more completely. The third student to read has

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Supporting Special Needs Students in General Education Classes: Tips for Managing Inclusion

Minds in Bloom is happy to present Susan Berkowitz. Susan has worked as a speech-language pathologist for 36 years and with children with autism for 41 years. In an effort to provide the least restrictive learning environment for students with special needs, and to provide them with access to the grade level curriculum and to their typically developing peers, more and more of these students

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Differentiation through Multiple Intelligences

Minds in Bloom is happy to present Michelle Dupuis with her guest post! Enjoy! Differentiation in the classroom is not an option anymore. Is it difficult? Maybe Does it take time? Probably Will it motivate your students? Yes! Will it help them learn? Absolutely! The trick to differentiation is taking baby steps. Teaching with Multiple Intelligences is an easy and fun way to start differentiating

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