May 2015 - Minds in Bloom

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As the arts lose more and more of a hold in education, it becomes increasingly important for teachers to find way to integrate the arts into their curricula. Our guest blogger shares five simple ways to integrate the arts into any content area, so click through to read all of her suggestions.

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

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Our guest blogger explores the importance of reflection at the end of the school year. She discusses how reflection breeds confidence and creativity to reach new goals and create self-knowledge. Click through to read this post with a guide to end to ending the year.

Reflecting Well: A Guide to Ending the Year

This school year has, no doubt, been a year of ups and downs, full of student breakthroughs, student meltdowns, parent meetings, staff development, new friendships, newfound niches, tears, eye rolls, smiles, and loads of laughter. The impact you have had on your students is nearly immeasurable. This influence I speak of must be recognized. Not by me. Not by your boss. Not by the parents.

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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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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

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Math workshop is an incredible educational tool, but it can be a bear to set up. Check out these five tips for setting up math workshop so that it's easier for you.

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. 

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Keep your students thinking and discussing right up until the very last day of school with these End of the Year Task Cards! There are 20 prompts that you can use for writing or discussion, and then there are four bonus prompts! The best part? This task card set is free! Grab yours via the link in this post!

End of the Year Task Cards – FREE!

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 sure to learn

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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

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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

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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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