Cooking in the classroom can be a fun and authentic way to deliver instruction. Cooking helps you reach language arts, math, science, and social studies--all the core subjects! Why not integrate cooking into your teaching toolkit now?

Integrate Cooking into Your Teaching Toolkit

Today’s guest blogger is Michelle from What’s Cooking with Kids. She’s prepared an excellent post that details the many ways you can incorporate cooking to your teaching toolkit and how you can make it interdisciplinary! As a teacher, you are busy.  Swamped, in fact.  You might even be so overwhelmed with content standards, district mandates, and department politics that you are reluctant to try a

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Teaching academic language can be challenging and dry. However, it's important to teach academic language in order to build our students' vocabularies and maintain rigorous instruction. Here are five tips to help you teach it successfully.

5 Tips for Teaching Academic Language

Today, Marine from Tales from a Very Busy Teacher is our guest blogger. She’s sharing how she has successfully implemented strategies for teaching academic language in her classroom.   Academic language is (and has been) making a big impact in elementary school classrooms. Academic language gives students the skills to communicate, engage, and participate more effectively in content areas across the curriculum.   After learning about academic language through

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We're always told to have high expectations for students, and it's not that we shouldn't, but how can we expect some kids to spell what they can't say? Let's help our students with speech sound disorders (SSD) be more successful.

How Can They Spell What They Can’t Say?

We’re welcoming Kim from Activity Tailor to Minds in Bloom today! Kim is sharing her insight on helping students with SSD challenges to be more successful in the classroom and reconsidering making students spell what they can’t say. When I’m writing a note and don’t have the luxury of spell-check to step in and fix my “typos,” and I have a less familiar word I

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Literary terms aren't the most fun topic, and there are a lot of them, so they can be hard to remember. These activities for teaching literary terms are fun, engaging, and authentic.

Activities for Teaching Literary Terms

We’re welcoming back Sharon, from Classroom in the Middle, to Minds in Bloom today. Sharon’s sharing her insight on how to make teaching literary terms effective and engaging. Does just the idea of teaching literary terms to another group of middle grade kids make you want to forget about lesson planning and curl up in front of a good movie instead? Teaching (or learning) any

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Getting Started with Number Talks

Welcome Friends! Today’s guest post was contributed by Shametria Routt Banks, The Routty Math Teacher, and is about implementing number talks in the classroom. This post includes an overview of how and why number talks work, tips and strategies to get you started, as well as a variety of resources to use on your journey. Happy reading! NOTE: As Amazon Associates, we earn from qualifying

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What does the research say about reading instruction? It says that systematic phonics instruction is necessary for building strong reading skills, and it needs to happen in grades K-6. Read more in this post about what you can do to contribute to strengthening reading skills in your students so that they become voracious and capable readers.

Don’t Build on a Shaky Foundation: Strengthening Reading Skills through Word Study

Minds in Bloom welcomes Jen and Wendy of Informed Literacy to the blog today! They’re sharing what I think will be a really helpful post that delves into foundational reading skills. Enjoy! As we embark upon a new school year, we invite you to think about the diverse reading profiles of your students. You will inevitably notice distinct types of readers as outlined below. Voracious

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We use technology for many others tasks in our classroom, so why not for intervention? This post details six digital tools you can use to carry out intervention. There are a variety of tools that can be used many different ways.

6 Tools for Digital Intervention

We’re excited to welcome Mercedes from Surfing to Success to the blog today! Please read her post about six tools you can use for digital intervention in your classroom. Enjoy! Digital learning tools can make targeted instruction quick and easy. The challenge is to wade through all the options out there and focus on the tools that are right for your needs. Let’s look at

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How often have you taken the time to learn your students' expectations for your class? Probably not very often! Teachers spend a great deal of time making their expectations for class clear for students, but it's just as beneficial--if not more so, in terms of community building--to hear what expectations your students have. Here are four ways to learn about them.

4 Activities to Get to Know Students’ Expectations

Today, our guest blogger is Walton Burns from English Advantage. He’s sharing four activities that you can use to help learn your students’ expectations for your class. What a great twist to improve community in your classroom! On the first day of school, teachers around the world to do an icebreaker and learn their students’ favorite color or where they went on summer vacation. That’s

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Have you wondered how you can make the Daily 5™ work in your upper elementary classroom? It is possible! Read how this teacher made it work for her students by losing a couple of the Daily 5 centers and adding in two that were more age-appropriate for her students. She loved the outcome, so maybe you will, too!

Daily 5™ for Upper Elementary Students

We’re welcoming Melissa from The Paisley Owl to Minds in Bloom today. She’s got some excellent tips for those of you who teach upper elementary but still want to implement the Daily 5™ in your classroom.   How can I put students at the center of their own learning? How can I hold students accountable during language arts centers? How can I differentiate to meet

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