How to: Paragraph of the Week

The Best Way to Get Your Students to Write Great Paragraphs

Teaching Paragraph Writing Just Got Easier! Writing a good paragraph includes so many skills – organizing and sequencing, word choice, varying sentences, understanding topic sentences, good grammar and so very much more. While all of these skills need to be taught and practiced repeatedly, you also want to keep your students engaged with motivating writing prompts and a process that won’t bore them to tears

Centers survival is a real thing--and centers can be a challenge no matter the obstacle! Our guest blogger shares how she made centers work after switching to a new grade level after 13 years in a different grade AND with a larger class than she'd ever had before!

Centers Survival

Today’s guest blogger is Greta from 9th Inning Teacher. She’s talking about centers survival–that is, making centers work for you! For the first time in 13 years, I can no longer call myself a second grade teacher. I am now on the intermediate hall as busy as can be with my fourth graders! Each day I find something different to love about fourth grade. Of

Doodle notes are an up-and-coming trend in education. Doodle note pages allow students to doodle, embellish, and color while they take notes for class. This action engages both hemispheres of the brain simultaneously and enhances student learning. Learn more about the research behind doodle notes, how they work, and tips for implementation in this guest post.

Brain-Based Doodle Notes for Education

Minds in Bloom is thrilled to welcome Brigid from Math Giraffe to the blog today! Brigid is sharing her insight on an up-and-coming trend in education: doodle notes! Do you have students who doodle in class? Have you ever assumed that they are not paying attention? You may be surprised to find out that the opposite might be true. As far as learning goes, these

Growth mindset is a hot topic in the education field these days, but some teachers aren't sure how to teach about it. Our guest blogger shares six steps to instilling a growth mindset in your students. These are based off of her research about growth mindset and Carol Dweck's studies.

6 Steps to Instilling a Growth Mindset in Your Students

After sixteen years teaching high school English, I left the classroom to follow a dream and move with my family to a rural ecovillage. Since last February I have become an entrepreneur, I have been homeschooling my own kids, and I have also started teaching a homeschool co-op class with three other students. Having left behind everything that I knew, I am learning new skills

Do you often feel like you're losing instructional time? These three easy steps will help you maximize instructional time to ensure that you're making the most of every moment and not losing precious time to teach essential content.

3 Easy Steps to Maximize Instructional Time

We’re welcome Nicole from Teacher of 20 back to Minds in Bloom today! She’s sharing three simple ways to maximize instructional time. We know you’ll find this information super helpful!     In my time in the classroom, I’ve seen teachers often spend so much time teaching routines and structures that they end up neglecting the content. In this blog entry, I’ll talk about how to

Do you spiral review? Show Your Thinking is a series of resources created based on Rachel Lynette's task cards, with her permission. These resources help you spiral review content so that you don't have to do a big review right before the big standardized test.

Digging Deep for Success with Show Your Thinking®

Minds in Bloom is excited to welcome Shea to the blog today! Shea has Rachel’s permission to create products based off of her task cards, and she’s sharing the success she’s had with one of those resources. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to have a mini-review session each week so that by the time the ELA standardized test rolls around, your students are ready? Two

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