November 2015 - Minds in Bloom

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The teaching environment in your social studies classroom is sure to improve once you start including these five graphic organizers into your instruction! Each of the graphic organizers discussed in this guest post have their own use, but they get students engaged in learning and give them opportunities to interact. Click through to read more!

5 Graphic Organizers for the Social Studies Classroom

Please welcome Kathy to the blog today! Kathy is sharing her knowledge about some of the best graphic organizers to use in a social studies classroom. Enjoy and gather some new ideas!   Graphic organizers are an effective tool to use in the social studies classroom. They organize and communicate information in a visual way. When applied to content areas, graphic organizers enhance the learning

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Kids don't always understand how they should be thinking about what they learn in order to really analyze and understand the information. This post, which tells you how to make thinking visible, provides several fun activities that you can do with your class to help them better understand their learning. Click through to read the whole post!

Make Thinking Visible

Hey there! I’m Kathie from Tried and True Teaching Tools, and I am beyond excited to be guest blogging today at Rachel Lynette’s Minds in Bloom! I was asked to write about making thinking clear to students, a topic near and dear to my heart! A fantastic resource is Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners by Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church, and

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Using task cards in the classroom doesn't have to be boring or uneventful. This guest blogger shares 10 exciting, interactive ways task cards can be used to get your students showing mastery while having fun!

Using Task Cards in the Classroom

Hi!  I’m Lyndsey from Lit with Lyns, and I’m thrilled to be doing a guest post on Minds in Bloom.  Over the past couple of years, I have become somewhat (ok, extremely) obsessed with using task cards in my classroom.  It started when I purchased Julie Faulkner’s Cite Textual Evidence Teaching Pack that included task cards.  Once I saw how engaged my students were, I

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There is no one-size-fits-all for classroom management. What works for one teacher might not work for you! Our guest blogger shares several tips for finding the right fit for your classroom management techniques and routines. Click through to learn more!

Classroom Management: Finding the Right Fit

Hi everyone! My name is Laura, and I’m the blogger behind Discovering Hidden Potential. I’m excited to share some different classroom management ideas with you today. Thank you so much Rachel for this opportunity. With different personalities and needs that teachers encounter in the classroom, sometimes it can be hard to find the “right fit” when it comes to classroom management. The typical one-size-fits-all management

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Have you ever heard of roadschooling? Learn about how families that travel more often than not can still homeschool their children while on the road!

Roadschooling through the Common Core

My name is Jen Schneider, and I’m from The Learning Wagon. I’m a public school teacher turned virtual school teacher turned roadschooling mama. Roadschooling is growing in popularity as families take their homeschool learning on the road. Roadschooling families travel the country and the world in varying ways. A few examples include backpacking on foot, bicycling, in a car, or in an RV (like us).

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