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5 Tips for a Successful Primary to Secondary Transition

We’re so excited to shared that Samantha, from Samantha in Secondary, is our guest blogger today. Samantha has written an excellent blog post all about helping your students with the transition from primary to secondary grades, so keep reading to learn more — and what a timely post this is, as the end of the school year is a light at the end of the

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Why I Believe in Positive Classroom Management

Hello, teachers! I’m Jeanne Sovet, and this is my first blog post ever! I’m new to social media but not new to teaching, having taught elementary school for the past 19 years. What I really want to share with my colleagues is how much I believe in, support, and want to spread the word about positive classroom management. The program we use in my school

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As teachers, we all hear about building rapport with students as a classroom management tool. However, sometimes its importance is forgotten. This guest post shares five reasons your students need to like you in order to learn from you, but that is a key component to students' learning! Click through to read this blog post.

5 Reasons Your Students Need to Like You to Learn

It was 2008, my first year teaching kindergarten, and building rapport with students was not at the top of my to do list. I was excited, nervous, and mostly just lost! It wasn’t my first year of teaching. I had been in the classroom for four years; however, I taught Pre-Kindergarten and at a private preschool. This was public school. To top it off, I

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Classroom Management Tips for High-Poverty Students

Minds in Bloom is excited to welcome Michelle from The IgnitED Teacher to our blog today! Michelle has written a really helpful post about classroom management tips for high-poverty students. Classrooms where the population of students is at-risk tend to be common places for struggles with behavior management, which is often understandable when you consider that students frequently choose to misbehave to distract from the

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As teachers, one of our main jobs is classroom management. We need our learning environments to be safe and respectful to encourage learning. But, sometimes, things get out of hands, and we can seem to get students to listen without yelling at them. This post shares tips for avoiding yelling in the classroom. Click through to add more classroom management techniques to your tool kit!

How to Get Your Students to Listen Without Yelling

We are so excited to have Tanya from The Butterfly Teacher guest blogging for us today! Tanya has written an excellent post about an important topic: getting your students to listen without yelling. Give her post a read, and we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! NOTE: As Amazon Associates, we earn from qualifying purchases. Let’s begin with a little visualization exercise: Imagine

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Ideas for the End of the School Year

37 Awesome End of the Year Activities

The last few weeks of school are a great time to do some of the those fun enrichment activities that you may have had to put off in order to fit in all that is required. Make some memories, get outside, and start thinking about the long days of summer ahead.  Here are Some Ideas for Your End of the Year Fun: NOTE: As Amazon

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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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Centers survival is a real thing--and centers can be a challenge no matter the obstacle! Our guest blogger shares how she made centers work after switching to a new grade level after 13 years in a different grade AND with a larger class than she'd ever had before!

Centers Survival

Today’s guest blogger is Greta from 9th Inning Teacher. She’s talking about centers survival–that is, making centers work for you! For the first time in 13 years, I can no longer call myself a second grade teacher. I am now on the intermediate hall as busy as can be with my fourth graders! Each day I find something different to love about fourth grade. Of

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How often have you taken the time to learn your students' expectations for your class? Probably not very often! Teachers spend a great deal of time making their expectations for class clear for students, but it's just as beneficial--if not more so, in terms of community building--to hear what expectations your students have. Here are four ways to learn about them.

4 Activities to Get to Know Students’ Expectations

Today, our guest blogger is Walton Burns from English Advantage. He’s sharing four activities that you can use to help learn your students’ expectations for your class. What a great twist to improve community in your classroom! On the first day of school, teachers around the world to do an icebreaker and learn their students’ favorite color or where they went on summer vacation. That’s

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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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