September 2015 - Minds in Bloom

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Interested in trying a flipped classroom? This Minds in Bloom guest blogger shares five tips for flipping the elementary classroom in a way that supports learning and community.

5 Tips for Flipping the Elementary Classroom

Sally from Teaching Redefined is sharing her top five tips for turning your elementary classroom into a flipped one! She loves having a flipped classroom and wants to help other teachers in flipping the elementary classroom.   A “flipped classroom” has become another trendy phrase in the education world. What does it actually mean? A flipped classroom means that students get their instruction in the form

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Does your school district institute eLearning days when the district has to call a snow day? Lessen your students' missed days of learning with these blizzard bags! You can digitize them or send packet work with students. Click through to learn more about blizzard bags!

Reclaim the Snow Day with Blizzard Bags

Hello! I’m Danielle from TeachNouvelle, and I’m so excited to be here today on Minds in Bloom. I love Rachel’s dedication to creating rigorous resources for students, and I always keep rigor in mind when creating and teaching, too.   Today, I want to share what I’ve learned about Blizzard Bags. Even though some of us haven’t even said goodbye to summer yet, it’s not too

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Interdisciplinary Connections through Wildlife

Clint and MacKenzie, owners and founders of Zoo Wild, join us today to share their insight on how wildlife offers interdisciplinary connections. Read their take on how teaching their son about wildlife from an early age jumpstarted his learning! When my son was born, my wife and I desired to be parents that empowered our children, built empathy, and encouraged creativity. As a high school

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Differentiating instruction can often feel like an overwhelming obstacle. It doesn't have to be with these 10 questioning strategies that get kids thinking!

10 Questioning Strategies to Differentiate Instruction

  Please welcome Lauren Poinier to the blog today! She’s sharing with us her questioning strategies for differentiating instruction and reaching all learners in the classroom. She understands the challenge of meeting the needs of all learners and wants to help all teachers make their instruction accessible! Differentiating to meet the needs of struggling learners and Special Education mandates can seem like an impossible task

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It's every ELA teacher's goal to engage kids in writing, but sometimes that's an extremely challenging goal. However, it becomes much easier with the help of these 10 online tools to engage kids in writing! Check out all 10 tools and what they offer in this guest post.

10 Online Tools to Engage Kids in Writing

Julie Petersen joins us today to share 10 really great online tools for getting kids more engaged in writing. We all know getting kids to write is a struggle sometimes, and these tools will help make it more fun and interactive! Do you know someone who loves writing? If you ask them where that passion comes from, you’ll probably find out that they were amused

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How to Simplify Difficult Concepts for Struggling Learners

Today’s guest is Kelsea, the blogger behind Teacher Gems. We all know how important it is make sure all of our students master the concepts we teach, so Kelsea’s post today shares her tips on how to simplify difficult concepts for struggling learners. 1. Give Examples and Counter-Examples My 4-year-old daughter went through a phase a few years ago where she had to clarify everything

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When you're working with paraprofessionals in your classroom, it is extremely important to have everyone working on the same page and working toward a common goal. Our guest blogger shares tips for collaboratively working together with the paraprofessionals in your classroom.

Collaboratively Working Together with the Paraprofessionals in Your Classroom

Hi there!  My name is Nicole Chavanne from Learning Lab.  I am so excited to have this opportunity to share some tips and ideas with all of you! As a special education teacher, I have to collaborate with several adults throughout my day, such as related service providers, general education teachers, parents, administration, special area team members, etc.  Through being a self-contained teacher, a push-in

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It’s Time to Be Financially Smart

Howdy from a Texas gal excited for the opportunity to share with you on this AMAZING blog! My name is Cassi Noack, and I am a passionate person who finds her greatest joy in teaching. I hope I can teach you something today or at least give you the extra boost you’ve been needing to start your own financial literacy program in your class! Money.

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Although they often tend to be taught separately, for some reason, phonics and phonemic awareness actually go hand-in-hand. Our guest blogger shares a list of fun activity ideas for teaching phonics and phonemic awareness in primary classrooms, so click through to read more.

Fun Phonics and Phonemic Awareness Ideas

Please welcome Miss W, a teacher-author from Australia. She’s sharing with us several tried-and-true methods for teaching phonics and phonemic awareness to kiddos in fun ways. Read on to find out what they are! Phonics and phonemic awareness are crucial language features. Children’s letter and sound knowledge assists students to decode words when reading, to sound out words when writing, to form words when speaking,

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Kids love to dance--we all know that. So why not incorporate dancing in the classroom? When implemented intentionally and with structure, dancing in the classroom is a fun way to build community, let off steam, and make memories!

Tips for Dancing in the Classroom

Renee Dawn of Teacher Ink is with us today, sharing her ideas on how to incorporate dancing in the classroom. She shares several fun ways to get your kiddos up and moving in a safe and fun way!   Here are some cool tips and links for dancing in the classroom every day. Dancing is fun—and good for you. But sometimes, kids have to be

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Although iPads can be an incredible learning tool with tons of classroom uses, they can also sometimes turn into a distraction. Despite some teachers' fears, our guest blogger shares five reasons to love the iPad in the classroom - and specifically, the iPad camera! Read her insights in this post!

5 Reasons to LOVE the iPad in the Classroom

We’re welcoming Julie from The Techie Teacher to the blog today. As an Instructional Technology educator, Julie firmly believes that teachers should embrace the technology that surrounds us today, like iPads. Read on to learn her five reasons for using the iPad in the classroom! Hey everyone! I’m Julie from The Techie Teacher, and I am so excited to be guest blogging for Rachel Lynette.

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Branding Your Classroom

Today’s guest post is written by Tess and Christine, the duo from Crazy Cool Classroom. They’re sharing a fun and unique idea about branding your classroom to make it more engaging and authentic for students. Usually by mid-summer, I’m done. I itch for my classroom. I’ve watched all of the TV I can, I’ve read a couple of books, I started a new healthy lifestyle,

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