Our guest blogger created an incredible classroom management tool in her classroom: random acts of kindness! Read all about how she implemented this strategy in her classroom and how random acts of kindness have impacted the environment of her classroom.

Random Acts of Kindness: One Teacher’s Amazing Plan!

RAK – A Simple Way to Change Your Classroom As teachers, we need lots of ideas about how to handle students who are being mean, rude, and disrespectful to each other. Well, when amazing teachers (like Jenny Eldridge) talk, we listen!  Here’s a useful idea that focuses on doing good things for other people. Not only that, but this strategy slips in meaningful and motivating writing

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Use this trick to help you learn how much mood matters in the way your students behave and carry themselves in your classroom. Click through for more info!

Bright Ideas – Mood Matters, Try This!

We all have good days, we all have bad ones, and that is certainly true for your students. However, it is not always easy to pick up on the mood of every student in your class. Here is something fun and simple to try for a week or so to help you to be more in tune with how your students are feeling – and

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If there's anything we need in schools, it's teacher time savers! Our guest blogger shares a variety of different tips and tricks that help teachers save time and keep their classrooms organized. Click through to read all of her tips for teacher time savers!

Teacher Time Savers

I’m Susanna from Whimsy Workshop Teaching, and I’m  thrilled to be back sharing more ideas with you today! This time I want to pass along some teacher time savers. There are many new ideas that I come across or create myself that truly improve the efficiency and productivity in the classroom. I often wish I’d discovered them when I first started teaching; I could have

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Student-led conferences provide students, parents, and teachers the opportunity to experience the student's mindset and wishes. Our guest blogger shares five extraordinary student-led conferences she's experienced as a teacher. Click through to read all of these touching stories.

5 Reasons to Love Student-Led Conferences

A student gave her dad her straight-A progress report and pointed out that she is ranked number one in her class. He put his hand on his chest, started to cry, and said something in Spanish that I couldn’t understand, but it made the student and her siblings hug him and burst into tears. A transgender boy, who is failing everything and struggling with peers’

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Secret Student is a fun game to play with your class to motivate students to have good behavior. But, there are lots of fun variations of it that will surprise your students and inspire good behavior for specific activities or events!

New Ways to Use Secret Student with Your Class!

If you have been doing this hop from the beginning, then you probably have a ton of great ideas by now! I hope that you will find this one useful, as well.   You may think of Secret Student as being just for little kids, but it can be a powerful motivator for older students, as well. Think about the feeling you have just before

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Are you using brain breaks in your classroom? If not, then you should consider learning more about why they're so beneficial - which I explain in this post! You'll also learn more about a set of 60 brain break cards that I can make, all of which take less than five minutes and provide a great opportunity for students to move and recharge their brains. Click through to learn more!

Brain Breaks for Squirrelly Students

  Brain breaks are so, so so important! According to pediatric occupational therapist, Loren Shlaes, When we are forced to sit still for long periods, we are either in one of two states: the just right state, meaning that our bodies can support our ability to stay present by remaining effortlessly aroused and upright, or in a sensory needs state, which means that we cannot attend because our bodies

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Many teachers avoid using partners, but in reality, partners in the classroom make a great learning tool! Read these eight reasons to use partners, shared by our guest blogger, and decide which partner activities might work best for your students!

8 Reasons to Use Partners in Your Class Today!

You are in for a treat!  Please welcome Brandi of My Teacher Friend.  Today she shares some practical advice about pairing up students and included an adorable freebie!  Thank you, Brandi. Partnering students for on-the-spot discussions can be a powerful tool in your classroom. Why take the time and do the work to establish partnerships in your classroom? In my experience, partnering can be a

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Classroom management is a struggle for all teachers, even if only occasionally. Our guest blogger shares what an incredible impact she saw by incorporating art in classroom management with her students. Click here to read the amazing help that art was, how she uses a cool down area, and other recommendations!

Art in Classroom Management

Please welcome Christi of Digraphs, Decimals, Discoveries!  You’ll love her post today about using art as a method of classroom management.  These ideas create a caring classroom environment.  Thanks for sharing Christi! Sometimes children can’t find the right words or actions to deal with their emotions. In many cases, children are still learning what emotions are and how to deal with the overwhelming feelings that

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As every teacher knows, the start of the school year is the best time to teach classroom procedures. Read these classroom procedure tips and get free resources like a checklist and task cards for classroom procedures.

Classroom Procedure Tips and Resources

  Fortunately, this can be avoided by making sure your students know exactly what to do at any point during the day, in any situation that might come up. That means that you need to have a procedure in place for EVERYTHING. Here are some ideas about how to accomplish this oh-so-important, and somewhat daunting, task: NOTE: As Amazon Associates, we earn from qualifying purchases.

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Classroom Management - Share Your Ideas

Classroom Management – Share Your Ideas!

  So, I am moving this week! Thanks to all of you wonderful TpT buyers, I was able to purchase this awesome house for myself and my family (which consists of my daughter, a high school junior; my son, a college sophomore who is only home on breaks–but still needs a room; my sweetie and his two girls, ages 14 and 10, who are with

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Check out this round up of blog posts, Teachers Pay Teachers freebies, and Pinterest boards to help you combat the classroom management issues that only seem to occur in the springtime.

Springtime Classroom Management Round Up: Tips and Freebies

We all know how challenging spring can be for classroom management. Kids are getting restless as summer approaches, and the classroom routines that have been a regular part of your day all year are getting a little stale. This is a round up of posts and freebies from Minds in Bloom, Teachers Pay Teachers, and Pinterest to help you through this challenging (but also exciting)

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Have you tried the Marble Jar in your class? It very well may be the motivation your class needs to show improved behavior and to succeed!

Make the Most of Your Class Marble Jar

  If you teach in an elementary classroom, chances are, you have a Marble Jar. The Marble Jar is one of my favorite classroom management tools because it is so easy and there are so many ways to use it! Just in case you have never heard of the Marble Jar, the basic idea is that you start with an empty jar, and you add

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Sometimes, teachers need creative ways to manage minds in bloom. Youngsters respond well to classroom management tools that use positive reinforcement and that are fun, catchy, and attainable. Read this pair of teachers' suggestions for managing minds in bloom!

Managing Minds in Bloom

Hi there, Minds in Bloom readers! Thanks so much for having us! We feel incredibly honored and smarter just being invited here! We have a little confession to make: Minds in Bloom was one of the very first blogs we ever discovered in this world of edublogs…and we’ve been stalking reading it ever since! We are Christy and Tammy from Fluttering Through First Grade. We’re visiting today to

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