Making Time During Your Day for Social Emotional Learning

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,

Classroom Management: Finding the Right Fit!

Classroom Management: Finding the Right Fit

  Hi everyone! My name is Laura, and I’m the blogger behind Discovering Hidden Potential. I’m excited to share some different classroom management ideas with you today. Thank you so much Rachel for this opportunity. With different personalities and needs that teachers encounter in the classroom, sometimes it can be hard to find the “right fit” when it comes to classroom management. The typical one-size-fits-all

Managing behavior - strategies for students with special needs

8 Essential Areas for Managing Special Needs Behavior

Please welcome Laura today; she’s sharing her insight with us on eight areas in which all educators must grow in order to have effective behavior management with special needs students. Enjoy! Behavior management is tricky, and special needs behavior management is even trickier! Consider all types of special education eligibility areas–autism, speech and language, emotional disturbance, other health impaired (which could include ADHD)–to name a few,

Classroom Management: In An Autism Class

Classroom Management in an Autism Classroom

Hi! I’m Nikki from Teaching Autism. From a young age, I always wanted to be a physiotherapist. Then, I collided with the world of Special Ed and never looked back. I completed my training in record time and headed straight to a wonderful Autistic Unit. I work with children diagnosed with moderate to severe, low functioning autism in the UK; my students are between the

6 Ways to Strengthen Parent-Teacher Connections

Minds in Bloom is thrilled to welcome Jenn from The Teacher Next Door to the blog today! Jenn’s discussing those all important parent-teacher connections and sharing six ways that you can strengthen them – for everyone’s benefit, most especially the students’! Teaching forces us to be a jack of all trades. Not only do we have to plan meaningful lessons, teach (as well as manage

Stability balls in the classroom are becoming more popular as a flexible seating option. However, would you have all of your classroom chairs swapped out for stability balls? That's what our guest blogger did, and she says she's never switching back!

Stability Balls in the Classroom

Please join us in welcoming Mrs. D from The Third Wheel to Minds in Bloom! Mrs. D has implemented stability balls in the classroom, so she’s sharing how she’s made them work to inspire you to try the same.   NOTE: As Amazon Associates, we earn from qualifying purchases.   Sometimes I think I have a “type.” You know, that one student who is guaranteed to

how to successfully implement centers in my classroom

5 Reasons Centers Work in My Classroom

Hi! I am Jamie from Not So Wimpy Teacher. I am beyond honored to have the opportunity to be a guest blogger for Rachel Lynette.   I love to use guided math and reading groups to teach and differentiate in my classroom. This means that my students need to have independent centers that they complete while I am working with small groups. When other teachers

how to make my students feel more comfortable in my classroon

Creating a Comfy Classroom

Other than their homes, your students probably spend more time in your classroom than anywhere else, so you want to make sure that your classroom also feels like their classroom. Cute decorations are great, but to make students feel at home in their classroom, you may need to add a few more special touches. Don’t worry: It isn’t hard, and the benefits are huge. Both you and

Getting to know your students' families is an important step at the beginning of each new school year. Some schools have "Back to School" or "Meet the Teacher" nights, and some schools require home visits. This guest blogger shares the system in her school, where teachers have "chats" with families to help them learn important information about their students.

Let’s Chat! Getting to Know Your Students’ Families

Hello, teacher friends!  I am SO excited and honored to be serving as a guest blogger for Minds in Bloom!  Thank you, Rachel, for allowing me to contribute to one of my all time favorite educational blogs!  My name is Brooke Brown from Teaching Outside the Box, and today I’m talking about getting to know your students’ families. Today, I’d like to share one of

Boys can knit. Wait, what? The surprising history of knitting is that it started with men and was once a prized skill. While knitting is often associated with females today, boys can try knitting in school during read aloud time so that they have something to do with their hands. This is a great activity for kinesthetic learners!

Hobbies for Kinesthetic Learners: What Do I Do With My Hands During Read Aloud Time?

Hobbies for kinesthetic learners: Archery Target shooting Knife sharpening Tomahawk throwing Knitting Wait. What? Boys don’t knit!   I bet when you think of knitting, you think of a little old granny in her rocking chair. But do you know who dominates the history of the art of knitting?   Men. Macho men, in fact.   Knitting is a perfect quiet activity during read aloud time. Your boys, however, may need some

Learn why the morning meeting is the most valuable and important part of every school day! Our guest blogger shares lots of excellent insight on morning meetings, so if you're not doing them yet - we bet you will be after you read this guest post on Minds in Bloom!

The Most Valuable Part of the School Day: The Morning Meeting

Our guest blogger today is Carol from Teachers Are Terrific. She’s sharing her thoughts on why the morning meeting is the most valuable part of the school day and her ideas on how to implement it in your classroom.   If you are like me at all, you might be thinking about August already. Isn’t it fun to have new, fresh faces coming to us, to join together

Life Lessons: A Classroom Management Strategy

Life Lessons: A Classroom Management Strategy

Please welcome Andrea from Love Learning to our blog today. She’s sharing her ideas on how to incorporate life lessons into your classroom management repertoire.   One of the biggest fears that I had when I first started teaching was classroom management. Even worse – I had accepted a position as a fifth grade teacher, and fifth graders kind of scared me! Sure, you learn

Read a school counselor's step-by-step guide to implementing behavior contracts in your classroom! While this information is helpful for all teachers, it's especially helpful for new teachers, so be sure to share with a first-year teacher that you know!

Ain’t Misbehavin’: Behavior Charts in the Classroom

Please welcome Rebecca, a school counselor and the blogger behind CounselorUp. She’s sharing a great step-by-step guide on how to implement behavior contracts in the classroom and discusses all the different ways that can be used to find success for each student. Managing behavior is probably the most frustrating and difficult part of teaching. You’ve worked hard on a lesson, made it interesting and engaging, and one

Use this post to help you brainstorm ideas for implementing popular themes in your classroom. Amanda, our guest blogger, says that doing this has significantly increased student engagement in hers, and it's made learning more fun!

Using Popular Themes to Increase Student Engagement

Hi there! I am Amanda from Daisy Designs, and I am thrilled to be a guest blogger for Minds in Bloom! Thank you, Rachel!   Today’s post is all about a really FUN topic: using themes in your classroom to increase student engagement. I think the most exciting thing about this topic is that it can relate to any grade level. We all know that

Effective classroom management includes cues for settling in and starting class. Our guest blogger shares his favorite ways to get students' attention and alert them to these important cues.

Cues for Settling in and Starting Class

If you’ve ever faced a group of middle school students before, then you know that they know when you’re struggling. They can sense it in the same way a dog can smell fear. Middle school students are at just the right age where they’ve seen enough teachers and have been in just enough classes to know if you’re justifiable. Because of this, I knew I needed a hook. The hook that

What do you do when you have a bunch of wiggle worms in your class?! This guest post on Minds in Bloom shares four ways to accommodate students who are extra wiggly to help them find success and to help you improve your classroom management. Click through to read the whole post!

How to Deal With Class Wiggle Worms

 We are delighted to have Kayla from K’s Classroom Kreations guest blogging for us today! If you’ve got wiggle worms in your class, then you’ll find this post highly useful! Be sure to comment with your takeaways or other tips to share!   NOTE: As Amazon Associates, we earn from qualifying purchases. Ever have one of those years days where your classroom feels like an

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