Plan Ahead for Report Card Day!

Prepare for Report Card Day with a Gradebook Planner!

Don’t let another report card day catch you off guard! It’s the first of the year! School is halfway over, and now is the perfect time to save yourself MAJOR stress in the coming weeks.  Raise your hand if you are sick and tired of report card week rolling around and feeling the pressure of needing to grade 10 stacks of paper, mark 12 assignments

November Reading

How to Get Your Students Excited About Reading in November

How can teachers and homeschool parents help to promote a love of reading in the month of November?   What are some great books to read during this time?  How can we make reading more fun and exciting for kids?  Let’s explore ways to get kids excited about reading in November! How to encourage reading in November Whether in the classroom or at home, one of

Podcasts for Kids And Teachers Too!

Podcasts for Kids (& for teachers too!)

My Favorite Teacher Podcasts & Podcasts for Kids Podcasts pretty much save my sanity on the daily, because I’m in the car A LOT!  When I’m not feeling music, I trade my tunes for talking! I love listening to Podcasts!  I’m sharing some of my favs with you so that when you’re stuck in traffic and the radio station is playing that song AGAIN, you can

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences Forms & MORE!

Parent Teacher Conferences Forms & Other Materials You need! Whether you’ve taught for 1 year or 20 years, parent teacher conferences can be super stressful! Keep reading to make the experience a little more enjoyable this year.  I’ll work through a timeline with you and provide you with the forms, notes, and other materials you’ll need to get you going! You likely have a day

How to Organize Your Math Workshop Successfully

How to Organize a Math Workshop

Don’t start a math workshop until you have done a little organizing and planning! The better you organize your math workshop, the better your results will be! Once you know how you’re going to divide up your block of time, you can start putting routines and procedures together that will help your workshop run itself! Teach Routines and Procedures Your workshop will be broken into

5 Ways to Build Relationships in Your Classroom

5 Ways to Build Relationships in Your Classroom

Hi reader! I’m passionate about creating happy, safe environments for our students to grow and learn in! I’m Stephanie, a Master’s level teacher and lover of all things SEL. I hope these tips will help prevent or resolve any conflict you may have between students, and help you with managing classroom behavior through building relationships! It’s easier than you think to create a positive classroom

7 Tips for Making Your Reading Groups Great

7 Tips for Making your Reading Groups a Success

If you’re a teacher, then you know how important it is to get your students engaged in reading. One great way to do that is by using reading groups in your classroom. But if you’re not sure how to make them successful, don’t worry – I’ve got seven tips for you! Keep reading for all the details. 1. Choose books that students will love! One

Building Connections to Positively Impact Your Classroom

Building Connections to Positively Impact Your Classroom

Hi! I’m Tajuana, and I’m so excited to be a guest blogger for Minds in Bloom. Today, I will be sharing a classroom management strategy that I’ve used throughout my teaching career. It has impacted my classroom in so many positive ways. I believe it will do the same for you. All Eyes Are on You One of the most challenging aspects about being a

Math Workshop Rotations

Math Workshop Centers Rotation Chart

How to Make the Most of Your Math Workshop Time with Rotations Anyone who knows me knows that math stations are my favorite part of the day! I love math stations! They provide the perfect way for students to practice skills, while letting them have a lot of fun with their friends. I spent many years modifying the way I run my math workshop. I

5 Ways to Support Students Who Struggle in Math

5 Ways to Support Students Who Struggle in Math

Hi! I’m Penny and I’m excited to share five strategies to help students who struggle with math. I am an educator at heart! I have spent many years in the elementary classroom, as a math coach, a math interventionist, and a building administrator. I love thinking about how students learn and thrive in math and helping teachers support students through all of the “Aha!”  moments.

Start a Math Workshop

How to Start a Math Workshop

Don’t freak out about starting a math workshop! It can sound a little intimidating or overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! Start a math workshop by starting simple! The Basics of Math Workshop: There are 3 main components of a math workshop: Mini lesson Practice opportunities Assessment Here’s a quick overview of each component: Mini Lesson: Your math mini lesson will typically be a

Teacher Enneagram

Enneagram for Teachers – What are you doing this summer?

What Enneagram are You? So, maybe I am a little bit obsessed with the enneagram. It is just so weird to me how accurately the enneagram can describe my personality traits and characteristics! I thought it would be fun to share teacher feelings about summer through the enneagram. I’m a 3! What are you? This is a good site to test it if you don’t

teaching music in the classroom without a degree

Strategies for Teaching Music Without a Degree

Are you an elementary classroom teacher who is stressed about having to teach your own music? It’s easy for non-specialists to find music intimidating. With specialized symbols, unique vocabulary and theory, music is like a whole different language. How can you feel confident teaching a subject you don’t fully understand? My name is Kris, and I am a teacher and musical theatre performer who helps

how to help students avoid summer learning loss

Use Summer Reading to Avoid the Summer Slide!

Summer reading was my favorite part of summers as a kid! For all students, summer reading is a time where they get to read just for fun! School can be challenging for aspiring readers because in school, they often don’t get to choose their own books. My school had kids read within their AR levels for independent reading. But there is something innately special about

ideas for teaching math to my students

What’s a Math Workshop?

Have you thought about hosting a Math Workshop in your classroom? It might sound overwhelming at first, but you’ll want to start one in your own classroom when you understand what a Math Workshop is. A Math Workshop is just an instructional format for teaching your standards! If you’re a self-contained teacher, you are probably already using a Readers or Writers Workshop with your students.

what are some ways to maximize teaching time in the classroom?

How to Maximize Instructional Time in the Classroom

Hi! I’m Kelsey. Over my years of experience, I have learned that my time is valuable and I have to maximize the time I spend working in order to spend more time with my family and doing things I enjoy. I am a firm believer in having “me time”… because if I don’t make that time, it won’t happen since there’s always so much to

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