December 2016 - Minds in Bloom

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Making new years resolutions with kids can be a challenge. I provide guidance on how to do this in such a way that the child has control and accountability.

Making New Years Resolutions with Kids

Every New Years, I resolve to be perfect. It must not be a very good resolution because I usually fail pretty quickly. Some years it only takes a few minutes. Obviously, making your goals attainable is a big step in the right direction for both children and adults. Learning to set effective goals is an important skill for children to use, not only when they

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Favorite Christmas Books to Read Out Loud

Looking for some new books to read out loud to your students (or perhaps your own children)? You’ve come to the right corner of the blog-o-sphere. These books were all suggested by teachers from my Facebook page. Click on the title or the image to for more information on Amazon. NOTE: As Amazon Associates, we earn from qualifying purchases. Night Tree by Eve Bunting “A

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Every student needs a brain break now and then, and these fun and festive brain breaks are the perfect way to let them shake off the cobwebs while doing a fun game or activity with a holiday theme!

Christmas Brain Breaks!

Christmas: It’s not only the happiest time of year; it is also the most restless for many students. This holiday season, keep your students focused until the very last minute with these fun Christmas Brain Breaks! Reindeer Names Students stand. Each student decides which of Santa’s reindeer he or she will be (you may want to write the eight names on the board). Students then mill

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Free Christmas Writing Prompts

20 Christmas Writing Prompts

20 Writing Prompts for the Christmas Season The holiday season is so much fun, but of course you want your students to be engaged in meaningful work, right up till they finally go home for winter break. These 20 Christmas writing prompts will keep your students writing – and they will have fun too! Download these FREE papers for the 20 Christmas prompts! Here are

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These vocabulary games for ESL students provide a fun way to practice target vocabulary words. Some games are best for individual students, some games are collaborative, and some games are competitive. Regardless, your students are sure to have fun and be engaged while playing these vocabulary games!

Vocabulary Games for ESL Students

Minds in Bloom is thrilled to welcome Ilinca from the blog Grumpy Dumpling! She’s sharing a fantastic list of vocabulary games for ESL students. Be sure to comment and let us know which ones you play! Teaching English or any other foreign language to kids should be all about fun! Apart from songs and stories, games are the perfect way to make your lessons fun

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Universal Design for Learning, or UDL, is an instructional framework that promotes flexibility and individualized support for students. Learn how this mother-daughter duo is presenting a project-based learning activity using UDL strategies to their two classes of students of different ages and abilities!

Project-Based Learning and UDL Strategies at Work

Let us begin by introducing ourselves…Shari Bithell (Go Beyond) and Krystie Bithell (AdaptEd 4 Special Ed). Though we are separated by some 450 miles, our hearts and teaching approaches remain close! Shari teaches 6th grade in Southern California, with students ranging from SDC, RSP, RTI, and GATE, while Krystie is in Northern California, teaching moderate to severe SDC (generally working at 1st-2nd grade level) in

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We Are Learning to (WALT) Ensure That We Use the WALT Approach

Minds in Bloom is pleased to welcome Libby from Curious Fox to the blog today! Libby is sharing the lessons she’s had to learn reminding her how important it is to always use the WALT approach when teaching. WALT (We Are Learning to), “learning intentions,” “learning objectives,” or whatever you like to call them have been around for a long time. They consistently appear detailed

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