how to use art in the classroom

5 Simple Ways to Integrate the Arts

Hi friends!  It’s me, Tammy, from Literacy Loves Company!  I’m so excited to share with you a few simple ideas to integrate the arts into your day-to-day curriculum!  Before we begin,  I’d like to send out a big THANK YOU to Rachel Lynette for inviting me to guest post!  I’m truly honored.   I am a firm believer that the arts are a vital part

End of the Year Reflection Questions for Students

Reflecting Well: A Guide to Ending the Year

School’s almost out! Grab these Free End of the Year Task Cards to keep your kids thinking right to the end. These cards are a great way to reflect on the year. Each one features a different prompt for discussion or writing! There are 20 prompt cards, plus four bonus cards that go a little deeper and require students to write a letter. You are

personal financial literacy for elementary students

Personal Financial Literacy for Elementary Students

I am thrilled to be a guest blogger! My name is Kara Hoelscher, and I am currently a second grade teacher at a small rural school in Texas. I have taught several grades throughout my 13 years of teaching, but my heart truly belongs in the second grade! Blogging is fairly new to me. You can find my teaching blog at Little School on the

Read a school counselor's step-by-step guide to implementing behavior contracts in your classroom! While this information is helpful for all teachers, it's especially helpful for new teachers, so be sure to share with a first-year teacher that you know!

Ain’t Misbehavin’: Behavior Charts in the Classroom

Please welcome Rebecca, a school counselor and the blogger behind CounselorUp. She’s sharing a great step-by-step guide on how to implement behavior contracts in the classroom and discusses all the different ways that can be used to find success for each student. Managing behavior is probably the most frustrating and difficult part of teaching. You’ve worked hard on a lesson, made it interesting and engaging, and one

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3 Resources for Paperless Parent-Teacher Communication

Hi everyone! I’m Princess Netherly from Teaching, Love, Cupcakes, and I’m excited to be a guest blogger today!   Today, I’m going to give you a quick tutorial, with screen shots, of three resources I use for parent-teacher communication that will help keep you organized. If you’re like me, then the last thing you want is more paper to keep up with. I don’t know

Decorating your classroom can take up so much time that could be better used elsewhere. Use these tips to help you limit the amount of time you spend decorating, including enlisting students and parent volunteers, planning ahead, and reusing things from year to year.

Tips for Decorating Your Classroom

Hello! I’m Patti, Rachel’s guest blogger from Primary Wonderland. I’m grateful to her to be sharing about decorating your classroom today!   Have you noticed that the time to take care of your physical classroom has gone by the wayside?  By physical I mean the walls, the bulletin boards, and those ceiling hooks that cry out for something new to be hung up each month. It takes a lot of time

how to set up math workshop in my classroom

5 Tips for Setting Up Math Workshop

Minds in Bloom is thrilled to welcome Sara from Sara J Creations to the blog today! She’s sharing five tips for setting up math workshop, which can be a challenge on its own. Enjoy! Do you use math workshop in your classroom?  A few years ago, I was just venturing out into the world of math workshop after successfully using the workshop format for reading and writing. 

End of the Year School questions

End of the Year Task Cards – FREE!

End of the Year Student Reflection School’s almost out! Grab these Free End of the Year Task Cards to keep your kids thinking right to the end. These cards are a great way to reflect on the year. Each one features a different prompt for discussion or writing! There are 20 prompt cards, plus four bonus cards that go a little deeper and require students

It might seem impossible to add one more thing to your teaching agenda, but have you taught your students creative and critical thinking? Read this post for inspiration on how to teach these skills--and for insight on how these two types of thinking are different.

Teaching Students Creative and Critical Thinking

Life is full of adventures! You never know what wonderful twists or turns lie ahead.  A few weeks ago, I had applied to be a guest writer on Rachel Lynette’s blog, Minds in Bloom. With so many other applicants, I never thought I would even be considered! I was absolutely floored when I received an email from Maggie, Rachel’s assistant, letting me know that they were ready for me to submit

Use this post to help you brainstorm ideas for implementing popular themes in your classroom. Amanda, our guest blogger, says that doing this has significantly increased student engagement in hers, and it's made learning more fun!

Using Popular Themes to Increase Student Engagement

Hi there! I am Amanda from Daisy Designs, and I am thrilled to be a guest blogger for Minds in Bloom! Thank you, Rachel!   Today’s post is all about a really FUN topic: using themes in your classroom to increase student engagement. I think the most exciting thing about this topic is that it can relate to any grade level. We all know that

Effective classroom management includes cues for settling in and starting class. Our guest blogger shares his favorite ways to get students' attention and alert them to these important cues.

Cues for Settling in and Starting Class

If you’ve ever faced a group of middle school students before, then you know that they know when you’re struggling. They can sense it in the same way a dog can smell fear. Middle school students are at just the right age where they’ve seen enough teachers and have been in just enough classes to know if you’re justifiable. Because of this, I knew I needed a hook. The hook that

By the time students get to middle school and high school, they tend to have a lot of science misconceptions. Therefore, it's extremely important for elementary science teachers to teach science well early on. Our guest blogger recommends using inquiry-based learning for teaching science and shares the 5 E's of this in this post.

Boosting Confidence and Busting Misconceptions in Elementary Science

Minds in Bloom is really pleased to welcome Vanessa from Biology Roots to the blog today! Vanessa is sharing how important it is for elementary science teachers to lay the foundations of preparing students for the abstractedness of middle school and high school science. Science is a branching, swirling, overlapping, mystifying subject. But, within its awe and splendor yields confusion and perplexity.  No one is born

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