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Teachers have the opportunity to have enormous impact on their students. Our guest blogger shares how you can change a student's life by investing in their self-esteem in this post. Click through to read her story.

Change a Student’s Life with Only 25 Cents

Minds in Bloom is excited to have Jordyn from Grade 5 Greatness guest blogging today! Please enjoy her heart-warming story about how she changed a student’s life by believing in his ability to succeed.     What do report cards, Honduran money, and believing in someone have in common?   My school created a program where each teacher had a special student to serve as

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Looking for some ways to incorporate history into your Thanksgiving language arts activities? This guest post shares a variety of different suggestions to pull in that history connection while teaching language arts. Click through to get some Thanksgiving teaching ideas for middle school!

Thanksgiving Language Arts Activities with a History Connection

Minds in Bloom is excited to welcome Sharon Fabian, of Classroom in the Middle, back to the blog today! Please enjoy her guest post about Thanksgiving language arts activities that have a history connection! Fall holidays are such a fun time in the classroom – classroom walls everywhere are exhibiting projects in autumn shades of orange, brown, and gold. But by the time kids have

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10 Fun Writing Activities for Kids

We’re excited to welcome back Julie Petersen to Minds in Bloom today! Julie’s written a great post for us about fun writing activities for kids, so please read on and comment with which activities you want to try with your students! What’s your style of teaching? Is it based on repetition? Yeah, that doesn’t work. I’ve tried it. When I was a high-school student, I

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Creative Ways to Assess Student Learning

Minds in Bloom is delighted to welcome Tia from Ford’s Board to the blog today! She’s sharing a great post all about creative ways to assess student learning, so read on and enjoy! Unlike many teachers I know, I don’t mind writing lesson plans. I love to see the week play out in my mind and think about effective ways to teach new information. The

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Here are two things most teachers probably think don't mix: Montessori and the Common Core! This guest post shares one teacher's insight and experience with combining these two seemingly separate teaching structures. Click through to read her full post on Minds in Bloom.

Montessori and the Common Core

Minds in Bloom is excited to welcome our new guest blogger, Megan, and a new topic – Montessori and the Common Core! Please read on to learn Megan’s insights about how Montessori and the Common Core State Standards can be effectively intertwined.     I was mid-way through my student teaching semester at a traditional public school when my supervisor approached me after a lesson

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Peer mentoring can have huge benefits for students, including building confidence and community in the classroom. This guest blogger describes how she used peer mentoring in a math block to help her students both improve math skills and grow their confidence in math. Click through to read her post!

Implementing Peer Mentoring in a Math Block

We’re pleased to have Jenny from Foreman Fun guest blogging for us today! She’s got a great post for us about how you can implement peer mentoring in a math block to build both confidence and community. Enjoy! As teachers, we have all secretly wished we could clone ourselves so we could give each student the individual attention they need. While we wait for that

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How to Generate Parent Involvement in the Classroom

We’re excited to welcome Kristin Jason to Minds in Bloom today! One of the biggest questions teachers ask is in reference to generating parent involvement in their classrooms. Kristin’s sharing several ideas on how to do this in her guest post, so read on and enjoy! Hello teachers! Although it still feels like summer outside, the school year is right around the corner! What are

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How to Write a Stellar Donors Choose Project

My name is Nicole, and I am a past K/1st teacher and Reading Specialist. Currently, I am a stay-at-home mom and a TpT seller at the Teacherof20 shop. In the past, I’ve written three successful Donor choose projects that have gotten funded by anonymous donors within months of being written. Here are a few tips on how to write a stellar project. Stay within the

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One of the biggest challenges teachers face is to building classroom community. Making your classroom a welcoming environment and ensuring that all students feel safe and invited is a tall order. Luckily, this post shares a huge list of ideas to build classroom community, so click through to read - and bookmark it for future reference!

Build Classroom Community – A Giant List of Ideas!

As the teacher, you are the primary architect of your classroom culture. You make the rules. You decide which behaviors are rewarded – even subtly with a smile or a few encouraging words – and which are discouraged. You can add community-building elements to lessons – even small ones, such as Turn and Talk or reminding students that mistakes help us to learn. You can choose how you

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Are your students failing to turn in their homework? Do you want to spice up your homework routine? Our guest blogger shares a fun homework alternative that she calls a plateful of ideas! Her suggestions are for primary grades, but the idea can be easily adapted to any grade level. Click through to read more!

A Plateful of Ideas

We’re excited to welcome Scipi back to the blog today! She’s sharing a really fun homework idea that she likes to call a Plateful of Ideas! We hope it gives you lots of ideas! When I taught the primary grades in a Title I school, I often found homework was seldom returned. I knew I had to come up with an idea that would be

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Have you ever thought about how you can use matches to teach metaphors? What about using an ostrich egg to teach writing? Our guest blogger shares an insightful post about using the unexpected to teach the everyday, so click through to read her ideas in full.

Matches, Eggs, and Sidewalk Chalk: Using the Unexpected to Teach the Everyday

We’re delighted to welcome Rebecca Gettelman to Minds in Bloom today! Rebecca is sharing some really awesome ideas about using the unexpected to teach the everyday lessons, like grammar and writing. Read on to find out more! If you search through my teaching boxes, mixed in among the red pens and teacher’s manuals of the typical middle school teacher’s stash, you will find a box

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As teachers of the 21st century know, our world is global thanks to technological advancement. Schools and teachers need to work at creating global connections for and with their students so students learn more about the diversity, communities, and world around them. Our guest blogger shares some great resources to do that, so click through to read her post.

Creating Global Connections in the Elementary Classroom

Hello. Hola. Bonjour. Hallo. Ni Hao. I’m Julie from Globe Trottin’ Kids, and I am excited to be guest blogging for Minds in Bloom. Our world has never been more connected, and the need to create opportunities for our youngest students to learn about the world has never been more important. Connecting students globally with diverse literature, current events, projects, and activities will set them

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Novel Studies for the 21st Century Learner

We’re delighted to welcome our next guest blogger to Minds in Bloom! Shalyn is a teacher librarian who is sharing with us how to make novel studies more appropriate for 21st century skills and learning. Let’s go back in time and imagine that you are in your elementary/middle/high school classroom. The teacher announces that you are going to begin your literature circle rotation for the

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