July 2015 - Minds in Bloom

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Centers work in many classrooms, but do they work in yours? Not So Wimpy Teacher is our guest blogger for this post, and she shares five reasons centers work in her classroom - all the more inspiration for you! Get your tips and guidance in this post.

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 while I am working with small groups. When other teachers

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Make your classroom feel like your students are welcome there by creating a comfy classroom. I share several ideas for making your classroom comfy and inviting in various aspects.

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 isn’t hard, and the benefits are huge. Both you and

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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 in high school, and my AP English teacher read aloud

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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” on topics and were much more motivated to conduct research

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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 will do something fun and not teacher related because you

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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 the story. I remember when I was growing up

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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 school teachers, we recognize this and put practices in place

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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 forced to spend a lot of time teaching the previous

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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!  The word, to some educators, invokes a horrifying feeling that

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