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how to successfully implement centers in my classroom

5 Reasons Centers Work in My Classroom

Hi! I am Jamie from Not So Wimpy Teacher. I am beyond honored to have the opportunity to be a guest blogger for Rachel Lynette.   I love to use guided math and reading groups to teach and differentiate in my classroom. This means that my students need to have independent centers that they complete

Need technology tools to support reading and writing in your classroom? Our guest blogger shares her list of the best technology tools to do this. Check out the list and see if you're missing out on some great technology integration!

Best Technology Tools to Support Reading and Writing

My name is Lisa Robles, and I am so thankful to guest blog for Rachel Lynette. I had the good fortune of attending her sessions at the Teachers Pay Teachers conference in Vegas, and she was awesome!   First, I’m going to get on my soapbox for a second.  Technology should never be a babysitter.

how to make my students feel more comfortable in my classroon

Creating a Comfy Classroom

Other than their homes, your students probably spend more time in your classroom than anywhere else, so you want to make sure that your classroom also feels like their classroom. Cute decorations are great, but to make students feel at home in their classroom, you may need to add a few more special touches. Don’t worry: It

Read alouds are an effective and engaging way to practice reading skills with your students. Although students aren't reading themselves, they are practicing skills such as comprehension, recall, listening, and more! Here are tips for implementing read alouds in your classroom.

Read Alouds in Your Classroom

Hi, I’m Cait from Cait’s Cool School. I’m exciting to be guest-posting on Minds in Bloom today! I’m discussing read alouds in your classroom and how you can make the most of them!   I don’t know about you, but I love having someone read aloud to me. I will never forget when I was a senior

shared research

How Shared Research Can Inspire Your Students

Organizing shared research projects can be a daunting endeavor for teachers. The purpose of shared research is to engage students in rigorous, complex text while  promoting discussion and collaboration. Presenting informational text within a unit of  study helps students explore topics in depth as well as strengthens understanding. I found that students enjoyed become “experts”

What is the Big Deal with Periscope?

Just a quick post to let you all know that I am on Periscope! You can find me on Periscope @ RachelLynette. I will try to do 4-6 broadcasts a week, roughly around 4:00 Pacific/7:00  Eastern. Most of my scopes will be teaching related: tips, strategies, freebies, and fun giveaways too! On Friday nights, I

Getting to know your students' families is an important step at the beginning of each new school year. Some schools have "Back to School" or "Meet the Teacher" nights, and some schools require home visits. This guest blogger shares the system in her school, where teachers have "chats" with families to help them learn important information about their students.

Let’s Chat! Getting to Know Your Students’ Families

Hello, teacher friends!  I am SO excited and honored to be serving as a guest blogger for Minds in Bloom!  Thank you, Rachel, for allowing me to contribute to one of my all time favorite educational blogs!  My name is Brooke Brown from Teaching Outside the Box, and today I’m talking about getting to know

reading comprehension

How to Improve Reading Comprehension in Early Readers

I hear it a lot from parents “Jane is reading chapter books.” Yet I know the reality is something different. Jane reads well.  She has great fluency.  She reads with expression, pauses at each comma, and raises her voice when she sees a question mark at the end of a sentence.  However, Jane has trouble recalling with detail the sequence of

Teaching positivity is sometimes easier said than done, but this guest post provides concrete tips for teaching it and using games to encourage positivity.

Teaching Positivity in the Classroom

I am so thrilled to welcome Alex from Positive Future Youth! You are going to love this post – so many great tips for making your classroom a positive learning environment!! The health and well-being of a student impacts on their ability to learn, stay focused during lessons, make friends, and be happy. As primary

Experts say that students lose up to 22% of knowledge over the summer. This makes reversing the summer slide more important than ever. Our guest blogger shares five rigorous ways to help reverse the summer slide, many of which requires the students to do the thinking and the work!

Reversing the Summer Slide

Minds in Bloom welcomes Lisa from Rigorous Resources by Lisa! She’s writing about some rigorous, essential tips that teachers must take when reversing the summer slide.   The National Summer Learning Association estimates that 22% of what is taught during the school year will be lost during the summer. That’s two months of learning, gone! Teachers are

Differentiation has become a huge buzzword in the education field in the last several years, but what many teachers don't realize is that they're probably already differentiating their instruction! Our guest blogger shares four tips for differentiating instruction in this blog post, so click through to learn more.

Differentiation Made Easy

Hello!  My name is Heather from My Life at the Pencil Sharpener, and I am so excited to have the wonderful opportunity Rachel has given me to connect with you today! We have all heard the word “differentiation.” It is a part of our daily lives, our evaluation systems, and for some of us…our nightmares!

what are some project ideas for teachers to do with their kids over the summer?

Summer Projects for Teachers and Their Kids

Minds in Bloom is pleased to welcome Sharon from Classroom in the Middle! Enjoy her post full of ideas for different projects that you can do with your kids during the summer months! One summer, a project of mine was to learn to make pizza dough from scratch. Another summer, it was to learn to

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