June 2015 - Minds in Bloom
This Minds in Bloom guest blogger shares some really great tips on turning bulletin boards into classroom games. There are a variety of games that you can play once you've completed a bulletin board WITH your students. Who knew?!

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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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

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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

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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

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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

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It's possible to engage kids by pairing fiction and nonfiction texts. This post gives a list of suggested pairings and tips on how to start this process.

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

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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

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When it gets to the end of the school year, we all know that kids' brains are pretty much fried, and they're not very interested in learning anything new. How can we combat that? Our guest blogger shares three end of year projects that are hands-on and creative. Click through to read more!

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

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Explore how to use life lessons as a classroom management strategy in your classroom. This can be a really effective way to utilize authentic, real-life situations as a way of relating to your students and managing their behavior. Click through to learn more!

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

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Some of the most important communication skills include learning to retell, relate and reflect. Build these skills in your students with these helpful tips.

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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