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Admit it: STEM challenges worry you, and you intentionally avoid them. There's no reason to do that! STEM challenges are an excellent learning tool for ALL students. This post details five reasons you might be avoiding them and lots of tips to help you overcome those reasons.

5 Reasons You Hate STEM Challenges

Minds in Bloom is thrilled to welcome Kerry Tracy! She’s addressing why many teachers (only think they) hate STEM challenges and how teachers can approach them differently in order to use them as a successful learning tool. You are probably reading this because you’ve watched that teacher down the hall doing STEM challenges. The kids are always talking about it, but it looks like a

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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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Helping children thrive in special education is of monumental importance, because those kids already have so many odds stacked against them. Our guest blogger shares a heart-breaking story of a girl who experienced failure until being placed in an appropriate special education classroom and shares insights on properly differentiating instruction.

Helping Children Thrive in Special Education

When we have students with special needs enter our classroom, we aren’t always sure what the best ways to help them might be. We’re pleased to have Kathleen from A+ Kids Bloggin’ talk about helping children thrive in special education in her guest blog post below. She shares an experience that she went through with a student who came into her classroom and tips for

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Making new years resolutions with kids can be a challenge. I provide guidance on how to do this in such a way that the child has control and accountability.

Making New Years Resolutions with Kids

Every New Years, I resolve to be perfect. It must not be a very good resolution because I usually fail pretty quickly. Some years it only takes a few minutes. Obviously, making your goals attainable is a big step in the right direction for both children and adults. Learning to set effective goals is an important skill for children to use, not only when they

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Doodle notes are an up-and-coming trend in education. Doodle note pages allow students to doodle, embellish, and color while they take notes for class. This action engages both hemispheres of the brain simultaneously and enhances student learning. Learn more about the research behind doodle notes, how they work, and tips for implementation in this guest post.

Brain-Based Doodle Notes for Education

Minds in Bloom is thrilled to welcome Brigid from Math Giraffe to the blog today! Brigid is sharing her insight on an up-and-coming trend in education: doodle notes! Do you have students who doodle in class? Have you ever assumed that they are not paying attention? You may be surprised to find out that the opposite might be true. As far as learning goes, these

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Do you often feel like you're losing instructional time? These three easy steps will help you maximize instructional time to ensure that you're making the most of every moment and not losing precious time to teach essential content.

3 Easy Steps to Maximize Instructional Time

We’re welcome Nicole from Teacher of 20 back to Minds in Bloom today! She’s sharing three simple ways to maximize instructional time. We know you’ll find this information super helpful!     In my time in the classroom, I’ve seen teachers often spend so much time teaching routines and structures that they end up neglecting the content. In this blog entry, I’ll talk about how to

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Do you spiral review? Show Your Thinking is a series of resources created based on Rachel Lynette's task cards, with her permission. These resources help you spiral review content so that you don't have to do a big review right before the big standardized test.

Digging Deep for Success with Show Your Thinking®

Minds in Bloom is excited to welcome Shea to the blog today! Shea has Rachel’s permission to create products based off of her task cards, and she’s sharing the success she’s had with one of those resources. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to have a mini-review session each week so that by the time the ELA standardized test rolls around, your students are ready? Two

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Cooking in the classroom can be a fun and authentic way to deliver instruction. Cooking helps you reach language arts, math, science, and social studies--all the core subjects! Why not integrate cooking into your teaching toolkit now?

Integrate Cooking into Your Teaching Toolkit

Today’s guest blogger is Michelle from What’s Cooking with Kids. She’s prepared an excellent post that details the many ways you can incorporate cooking to your teaching toolkit and how you can make it interdisciplinary! As a teacher, you are busy.  Swamped, in fact.  You might even be so overwhelmed with content standards, district mandates, and department politics that you are reluctant to try a

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Teaching academic language can be challenging and dry. However, it's important to teach academic language in order to build our students' vocabularies and maintain rigorous instruction. Here are five tips to help you teach it successfully.

5 Tips for Teaching Academic Language

Today, Marine from Tales from a Very Busy Teacher is our guest blogger. She’s sharing how she has successfully implemented strategies for teaching academic language in her classroom.   Academic language is (and has been) making a big impact in elementary school classrooms. Academic language gives students the skills to communicate, engage, and participate more effectively in content areas across the curriculum.   After learning about academic language through

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