Close reading is a challenging technique to implement in the classroom, as it requires a delicate balance. I've tried to make close reading instruction easier with the help of these two no-prep close reading resources. They're ready for you to use right away, and they come with text dependent questions. Get all of the details about what these resources include and how you can implement them in your classroom in this post!

No-Prep Close Reading

I hope your students read real books and articles. I hope you facilitate close reading activities using those books. I hope your students are having lively discussion, thinking deeply, and writing thoughtful reflections about the texts that they read. Unfortunately, creating these opportunities takes a great deal of time, time that you may not have each and every week. It takes time to research appropriate texts

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Kindness in the Classroom: Inauguration Day and Beyond

You’ve probably heard that old joke about parents who are shocked to hear their normally well-behaved child swearing up a blue streak. When they inquire as to where the child has learned such colorful language, the answer is, of course, “From you.” Children are constantly watching and listening. They are constantly learning about the world they live in and how they should behave in that

Classroom discussion shouldn't always be teacher-led. In this guest post on Minds in Bloom, 10 classroom discussion techniques are shared to mix up the style of discussion and to put students in charge of speaking, listening, and sharing. You'll find a mixture of techniques in this post, some of which are kinesthetic, some of which are auditory, and some of which are written!

10 Classroom Discussion Techniques

Hi! I am Kelly Malloy from An Apple for the Teacher, and I am so excited to be posting over here on Minds in Bloom! I am a fourth grade teacher in Northern Nevada who believes that my students learn just as much talking to each other as they do talking to me. Classroom discussions are a great way to develop speaking and listening skills

Teaching and learning while on the move can be a real challenge. If you and your family have chosen a life of constant movement, whether that be traveling the country by RV or sailing up and down a coast by sailboat, then you still need to squeeze in time for teaching and learning with your children. This seasoned "boat mom" shares her tips for educating while on the move.

Teaching and Learning While “On the Move”

Minds in Bloom is thrilled to welcome Laura Merrick to the blog today! Laura’s family has chosen a life of constant movement, traveling the U.S. east coast and beyond by boat, so she’s sharing her tips for teaching and learning while on the move. Recently, our family took a leap of faith and fulfilled a dream of selling our house, quitting our jobs, and moving

How can we effectively teach poetry for kids? Poetry often feels like an intimidating and unattainable part of most teachers' English language arts curriculum. However, our guest blogger shares her six techniques for making poetry for kids more fun when it comes to reading, writing, and analyzing poetry. Learn all six techniques in this blog post!

Poetry for Kids: How to Make Reading, Analyzing, and Writing Fun

Minds in Bloom is pleased to welcome back Christina Gil today! Christina is sharing her techniques for making poetry for kids a fun and engaging experience that enhances their reading, writing, and analyzing skills. With so much to do and so little time, poetry might seem like the kind of activity that teachers plan to do but never quite have time to cover. My guess

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