Worried that you'll never nail down your classroom management techniques? Read this guest post to learn five things all effective classroom managers do.

Effective Classroom Managers Do These 5 Things

Today’s guest blogger is Leah from What’s New with Leah. Her post is all about the five essential steps that the most effective classroom managers take to ensure they’re maintaining a safe environment conducive to learning in their classrooms.   I’ll never forget my first teaching job. It was at a troubled urban school. I was a 23 year-old grad student with absolutely no teaching

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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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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!

Our Favorite FREE tool! Check out this post to learn all about Trello for teachers! It’s FREE, easy, and our favorite tool to keep organized! 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

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Mindfulness is an increasingly common buzzword in education, but it's for good reason. Dr. Erica Warren returns to guest post on Minds in Bloom with a post about how mindfulness promotes learning in the classroom. She shares strategies for teaching students mindfulness before testing, after conflict, and in other scenarios. Click through to read more.

How Mindfulness Promotes Learning: Superior Strategies for Success

Minds in Bloom is delighted to welcome Dr. Erica Warren back to the blog today! Dr. Warren is sharing an insightful post about how mindfulness promotes learning, including specific strategies teachers can employ. We know you’ll find this post really helpful, so enjoy! The metacognitive skill, mindfulness, is a gift you can teach your students, and it will serve them throughout their lives. Mindfulness is

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Start the school year off strong by implementing these five tips to increase student engagement. Your classroom will run more smoothly than it ever has when you do things like give your students opportunities to move and show them how much you care about them.

5 Tips to Increase Student Engagement

Today, we’re welcoming a duo we’re sure you’ve heard of–the Wise Guys! They’re sharing their expert opinions on how you can increase student engagement in your classroom. All teachers struggle with classroom management. Whether it be the anxious student, or a class that can’t stop moving, teachers find themselves wondering what they can do differently. We have created a list of our top five tips

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Does it feel nearly impossible to you to create a positive, respectful classroom community? It might feel that way, but there are several strategies you can start implementing to do that. This post includes several great tips for creating a respectful classroom community.

Create a Positive, Respectful Classroom Community

When students come into your classroom, how do you want them to feel? Happy? Excited? Respected? Safe? All of the above? When you’re putting together anywhere from 15 to 30 different personalities in a classroom, it can be hard to help every student feel so positive. I’m Cait from Cait’s Cool School, and I’m excited to be here with you today to share some of

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Mystery Trash is a quick game that you can play with your class to get your room cleaned up in a jiffy. Our guest blogger shares how to play in this guest post and gives tips on how to keep the trash items secret from your students!

Mystery Trash

Today, Minds in Bloom is welcoming back Steph from Forever in Fifth Grade. She’s sharing a fun activity that you can do at the end of every day to make sure your room gets cleaned up. Your students will love it!   I’m so excited to be guest blogging for a second time and talking about one of my favorite things…cleaning!   Back when I

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Our guest blogger shares a helpful guide on building loyalty in your students, which even includes building your brand! Learn some tried-and-true tips that were actually designed for businesses but can be successfully used in classrooms, too!

Building Loyalty in Your Students

Hi teachers! I’m Retta from Rainbow City Learning, and I’d love to share some ideas with you about building loyalty in your students as you think about how you’d like your teaching year to go. Thanks so much to Rachel for inviting me back! Loyalty is a feeling of strong support for something or someone. What could be better? Students who support you and what

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Task cards are an incredible instructional tool, but they're really taken to the next level when you're intentionally lesson planning with task cards. This post guides you through five questions to ask yourself when you're planning to incorporate task cards so that both you and your students get the most out of using them in class.

5 Questions to Ask When Lesson Planning with Task Cards

One of the nice things about task cards is that they can be used without a lot of preparation or planning as a filler activity, at centers, or when you have a sub. Those activities can be real lifesavers (especially when you are having one of those weeks), but by taking a more intentional approach, you can use task cards for so much more. You’ve

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Does the task of organizing centers make you feel faint? It doesn't need to thanks to the five tips shared by our guest blogger! Click through to read this blog post full of five useful tips to help make organizing centers a breeze - for both you and your students!

5 Tidy Tips for Organizing Centers in Your Classroom

Hi! I’m Jamila, and I am a certified K-5 educator and instructional coach and K-8 certified administrator who has been educating youngsters and supporting teachers since 1997! Today I’m excited to guest blog and share some great “Tidy Tips” that will help make organizing centers a snap! The most frequent question I hear from newbie and veteran teachers is, “How do you stay organized?” So

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Our guest blogger shares five fantastic ways to use humor in the classroom. We all know learning is more effective and productive with a little humor! So, click through to read this post that offers tips for a few ways to use humor in the classroom.

5 Ways to Use Humor in the Classroom

My name is Jeanine, and I am the girl behind the giggles at Third Grade Giggles! I am so honored to be guest blogging for Minds in Bloom, especially about my favorite topic: LAUGHTER! Charlie Chaplin said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted,” and I couldn’t agree more! But can laughter really be brought into the classroom? Absolutely! These five strategies will have

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Sometimes we need to change up our instructional routines to increase student engagement. This post from HoJo is sure to be helpful for making that happen, as she shares 10 ways to make learning fun and engaging for our students! I love her ideas, so click through to get the full list of suggestions!

10 Ways to Make Learning Fun and Engaging

Hi there! My name is Heather, and I blog over at HoJo’s Teaching Adventures! We all know that in today’s high stakes testing world, it can be hard to make learning fun and engaging. That’s why I want to share 10 ways to make learning fun with all of you here at Minds in Bloom today. So, let’s get started! 10 Ways to Make Learning

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Brain Breaks are a popular topic here on Minds In Bloom, so I'm adding a new twist to them: Mystery Brain Breaks! Your students will love the surprise!

Try Mystery Brain Breaks

This is one of my favorite ways to manage Brain Breaks during the school day. Not only does it add a degree of mystery your students will love, but it also encourages good behavior as they are working for their Bonus Brain Break all day long. Before the school day begins, choose as many Brain Breaks as you think you will need throughout the day.

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What is social-emotional learning? This guest post explores more about this important educational concept that helps to promote not only positive behavior but also a positive classroom culture and learning environment.

Making Time for Social-Emotional Learning

I’m Retta from Rainbow City Learning, and I am so excited to be invited back as a guest blogger here on Minds in Bloom! I am happy to share with you the ways I’ve found to make social-emotional learning (SEL) a part of every school day. I know that your teacher plate is already full with all of the standards that you have to meet,

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