October 2015 - Minds in Bloom

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Socratic seminars are a tricky instructional tool to implement, but they are completely worth the time you invest in preparing for it and in teaching your students how to participate in one. Our guest blogger shares five steps to help you run a successful Socratic seminar in your classroom in this thoughtful post.

5 Steps to a Successful Socratic Seminar

Minds in Bloom is pleased to welcome Erin from Creative Teacher’s Classroom to the blog today! Erin is sharing an excellent post that outlines five steps to running a successful Socratic seminar in your classroom.     As a gifted intervention specialist, I began experimenting with Socratic seminars as a way to get my students deeper into the novel we were reading. However, I never

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Teaching students to use text evidence while answering reading comprehension questions is no easy feat. Our guest blogger shares five steps to teaching this important comprehension skill in this post. You can also download a free resource to help you start teaching how to use text evidence in your own classroom!

Text Evidence for Beginners

Hey all! My name is Kadeen, and I am so excited to be sharing this topic with you. As a teacher of several years, I never thought “text evidence” would become one of my main instructional focus topics until I started tutoring 5th grade. I especially did not see the importance until I realized that many of my students were not passing their weekly reading

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Managing special needs behavior is quite different than managing behavior in a general education classroom, and therefore, it requires different areas of focus and different skills. This guest blogger shares eight essential areas that must be in focus for managing special needs behavior.

8 Essential Areas for Managing Special Needs Behavior

Please welcome Laura today; she’s sharing her insight with us on eight areas in which all educators must grow in order to have effective behavior management with special needs students. Enjoy! Behavior management is tricky, and special needs behavior management is even trickier! Consider all types of special education eligibility areas–autism, speech and language, emotional disturbance, other health impaired (which could include ADHD)–to name a few,

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It's extremely important for teachers to use patience and give grace when drawing out the child who stutters in the classroom. Our guest blogger, a speech-language pathologist, provides some insight into how students with stutters might be feeling and provides several tips for helping them find success when asked to speak in the classroom. Click through to read more.

Drawing Out the Child Who Stutters

Please welcome Kim Lewis to Minds in Bloom today. Kim is a speech-language pathologist, and she’s sharing her tips on supporting students who struggle with stuttering. Her post is intentionally shared today to highlight International Stuttering Awareness Day.   You see the downcast eyes, see the careful chair maneuvering to hide behind classmates, and can nearly hear the, “Not me. Don’t call on me” that

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Classroom management for an autism classroom looks different than how it does in a general education classroom. Our guest blogger, who is a special education teacher in an autism classroom herself, shares a variety of classroom management tips for this type of classroom. Click through to read all of her tips and to see photo examples!

Classroom Management in an Autism Classroom

Hi! I’m Nikki from Teaching Autism. From a young age, I always wanted to be a physiotherapist. Then, I collided with the world of Special Ed and never looked back. I completed my training in record time and headed straight to a wonderful Autistic Unit. I work with children diagnosed with moderate to severe, low functioning autism in the UK; my students are between the

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It can be hard to tell if an English Language Learner is struggling to learn the English language or if they actually have a speech and language development issue that's contributing to the problem. These five tips will help you determine if your bilingual student has a speech problem.

5 Ways to Find Out If Your Bilingual Student Has a Speech Problem

Today’s guest blogger is Sarah, who is a bilingual speech-language pathologist. Sarah’s experiences working with students who are both learning English as a second language and needing speech therapy services have helped her to develop these five ways that you can determine if your bilingual student has a speech problem.   Bilingual students are unique because they are developing speech and language skills in two

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Puppets make a great addition to any classroom but especially to an English Language Arts classroom. Our guest blogger shares her tips on how to incorporate puppet play into your class routine and even shares tips for dialogue and assessment!

Puppets in the Classroom

Lynn, the author behind TiePlay Educational Resources, is with us today sharing her insight on how to use puppets in the classroom. Your students will love interacting with reading and writing through puppet shows! Some kids have difficulty writing, but most all kids love puppet plays. How can a teacher of 25 or more students implement puppets in the classroom along with reading skills and

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Poetry shouldn't be limited to National Poetry Month in April. Our guest blogger shares lots of ideas for how to teach poems all year, so click through to read all of her suggestions! She's got some ideas that students are sure to love!

Got Poetry? How to Teach Poems All Year

Hi! I’m Marypat from Just Add Students. I’m thrilled to be a guest blogger on Minds in Bloom today. Thank you, Rachel, for giving me a forum to write about my favorite topic: poetry!   Most of us teach poetry in April. We pull out fun lessons with figurative language, haiku, couplets, and limericks. And why not? After all, it is National Poetry Month. But

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Ways to Make Interactive Notebooks Manageable

We’re welcoming Gay Miller to the blog today. She’s sharing her tips on making interactive notebooks more manageable, which she’s gleaned from many years of using them in her own instruction. She also includes pricing tips, so by the time you finish her post, you should be ready to run out and get started yourself! Hands-on teaching has always been my preferred style, so when

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Guided reading is an important instructional tool, but guided reading for ELLs is possibly even more critical. This guest post dives into the ways a teacher can create a modified guided reading plan for ELLs in order to set them up for success.

Modified Guided Reading for ELLs

Kristen is our guest blogger today, joining us from A Walk in the Chalk. She’s sharing her strategies for reaching ELLs in the classroom by incorporating modified guided reading strategies. Guided reading is an important component of a balanced literacy program. It is when individualized reading instruction is provided to a small group of students. The group size is typically between four to six students, and each

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In an ever-growing global society, it has become increasingly important to teach kids about the world. This guest post shares six ideas for global education that you can incorporate into your classroom.

6 Ways to Teach Kids about the World

I’m Becky Morales, an ESL and Spanish teacher and mom to five kiddos through adoption, foster, and birth. As our family grew, and because we have such a mixture of cultures in our house (U.S., Mexico, China, and Ethiopia), I began to look for simple ways to celebrate our heritages and to learn about the world. I founded Kid World Citizen initially to share ideas

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