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fun ways to use bulletin boards in the classroom

Turning Bulletin Boards into Classroom Games

Hello!  My name is Rachael from The Classroom Game Nook Blog.  Thanks to Rachel Lynette for allowing me to share some tips with her readers today! As you might guess by the title of my blog, I’m a big fan of classroom games to promote a meaningful and engaging learning environment.  I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that most students would much prefer

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4 Tips for Writing Emergency Substitute Plans

Hey, everyone! I’m Kelsey from Wife Teacher Mommy. I am so excited to be featured on Minds in Bloom! Rachel is such an inspiration to me, and I’m honored to write a guest post for her blog. Today, I’ll be sharing some tips for you about planning ahead for your next sub day. Teaching is a very rewarding career, but it is also very demanding.

Boys can knit. Wait, what? The surprising history of knitting is that it started with men and was once a prized skill. While knitting is often associated with females today, boys can try knitting in school during read aloud time so that they have something to do with their hands. This is a great activity for kinesthetic learners!

Hobbies for Kinesthetic Learners: What Do I Do With My Hands During Read Aloud Time?

Hobbies for kinesthetic learners: Archery Target shooting Knife sharpening Tomahawk throwing Knitting Wait. What? Boys don’t knit!   I bet when you think of knitting, you think of a little old granny in her rocking chair. But do you know who dominates the history of the art of knitting?   Men. Macho men, in fact.   Knitting is a perfect quiet activity during read aloud time. Your boys, however, may need some

Learn why the morning meeting is the most valuable and important part of every school day! Our guest blogger shares lots of excellent insight on morning meetings, so if you're not doing them yet - we bet you will be after you read this guest post on Minds in Bloom!

The Most Valuable Part of the School Day: The Morning Meeting

Our guest blogger today is Carol from Teachers Are Terrific. She’s sharing her thoughts on why the morning meeting is the most valuable part of the school day and her ideas on how to implement it in your classroom.   If you are like me at all, you might be thinking about August already. Isn’t it fun to have new, fresh faces coming to us, to join together

Do you need more rigorous spelling practice in your instruction? Our guest blogger shares her three best apps for spelling practice in this post. She explains how each app works and what she likes about it.

3 Best Apps for Spelling Practice

Hi!  My name is Amy, and I’m from 180 Days of Reading.  I am a Reading Specialist and former kindergarten teacher with a first grader at home. Some days I feel like I eat, sleep, and breathe spelling patterns.  I hit a wall at home with my first grader and spelling homework this year.  I was tired of the “write your words three times each”

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Handwriting Tips for Lower Grades

Hi everyone!  I’d like to thank Rachel for allowing me to guest post on her blog today.  What an honor! I’m Amy from Cahill’s Creations.  I’ve been a teacher for 11 years with the last 6 spent in kindergarten.  I’m always searching for new ideas, tips, tricks, and resources to help my kinder kids achieve their goals.  I also LOVE creating fresh new resources that

What if we could reduce the anxiety students feel in math class with...humor? Our guest blogger learned from some former students that they loved her math class and learned more BECAUSE she allowed for lots of laughter and smiles while engaging with the content.

Finding Humor in Math Class

I’m Retta from Rainbow City Learning, and I’m beyond thrilled to be guest blogging here on Minds in Bloom about finding humor in math class! I retired from full-time teaching last June. Once a week, I visit our local elementary (grade 4) and upper elementary (grades 5 & 6) schools where I work with the kids on bullyproofing strategies. These visits fill my heart and help me to stay

As we see the arts leaving more and more schools, it's more important to connect the arts with academics. This guest post explores a variety of ways that you can do that for all major content areas.

How to Connect the Arts with Academics

Hi everyone! I’m Suzy from StudentSavvy! I would first like to give a big thank you to Rachel for allowing me to guest post on her fantastic blog! I am a huge fan of hers, and I’m grateful for this incredible opportunity! When I was a student in high school, I attended a charter school that was considered a “Performing and Fine Arts Academy.” Before I was accepted into this school (there

unique ways to engage students in the classroom

How to Engage Students by Pairing Fiction and Nonfiction Texts

Hello, my name is Jill Richardson. I am honored to have the opportunity to share with you today!   Do you need another way to build excitement and enjoyment of learning for your students?  Try pairing fiction and nonfiction texts.  Most of my career has been in teaching reading in the primary grades.  This year I am teaching English as a Second Language and loving it!  Pairing fiction and nonfiction texts

how to help students with persuasive essay

Green, Yellow, Red: The Keys to the Perfect Persuasive Essay

Hi! I’m Jennifer from Pages Of Grace, and I am thrilled to be a guest blogger for Minds in Bloom! One of my favorite things about teaching 5th grade is persuasive writing!  I think we can all agree that 5th graders have opinions…strong opinions  The great thing about persuasive writing is that the children get to voice their opinions. However, rather than just telling someone what

What are some fun things to do at the end of the school year?

Awesome Hands-On End of Year Projects

Minds in Bloom is pleased to welcome Juliette from Heart 2 Heart Teaching to the blog today! She’s got a fun post for us all about end of year projects that will engage students and keep them learning and exploring until the very end of the school year. Enjoy!   It’s here! The end of the school year is just around the corner! To make

Life Lessons: A Classroom Management Strategy

Life Lessons: A Classroom Management Strategy

Please welcome Andrea from Love Learning to our blog today. She’s sharing her ideas on how to incorporate life lessons into your classroom management repertoire.   One of the biggest fears that I had when I first started teaching was classroom management. Even worse – I had accepted a position as a fifth grade teacher, and fifth graders kind of scared me! Sure, you learn

how to boost my students communication skills

Learning to Retell, Relate & Reflect Using Verbal & Written Responses

Our guest blogger today is Mrs. Naufal, and she’s been kind enough to share her insight with us about three important communication skills: learning to retell, learning to relate, and learning to reflect! “Retell, relate, and reflect” are oral and written responses that showcase various levels of communication and thinking ability.  Each step requires more experience than the previous step.  When students retell, they are able to discuss

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