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Have you ever heard of roadschooling? Learn about how families that travel more often than not can still homeschool their children while on the road!

Roadschooling through the Common Core

My name is Jen Schneider, and I’m from The Learning Wagon. I’m a public school teacher turned virtual school teacher turned roadschooling mama. Roadschooling is growing in popularity as families take their homeschool learning on the road. Roadschooling families travel the country and the world in varying ways. A few examples include backpacking on foot, bicycling, in a car, or in an RV (like us).

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Ways to Make Interactive Notebooks Manageable

We’re welcoming Gay Miller to the blog today. She’s sharing her tips on making interactive notebooks more manageable, which she’s gleaned from many years of using them in her own instruction. She also includes pricing tips, so by the time you finish her post, you should be ready to run out and get started yourself! Hands-on teaching has always been my preferred style, so when

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Although iPads can be an incredible learning tool with tons of classroom uses, they can also sometimes turn into a distraction. Despite some teachers' fears, our guest blogger shares five reasons to love the iPad in the classroom - and specifically, the iPad camera! Read her insights in this post!

5 Reasons to LOVE the iPad in the Classroom

We’re welcoming Julie from The Techie Teacher to the blog today. As an Instructional Technology educator, Julie firmly believes that teachers should embrace the technology that surrounds us today, like iPads. Read on to learn her five reasons for using the iPad in the classroom! Hey everyone! I’m Julie from The Techie Teacher, and I am so excited to be guest blogging for Rachel Lynette.

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Math talk is a strategy to get students discussing and comprehending different math strategies to solve problems. This isn't something that can just be implemented right away; it takes time to build the right classroom environment to make math talk successful.

Getting Started with Effective Math Talk in the Classroom

Welcome friends! Today’s guest post was contributed by Shametria L. Routt, The Routty Math Teacher, and it is about implementing effective math talk in the classroom. This post includes tips and strategies to get you started, as well as a variety of resources to use on your journey. Happy reading! Using mathematical discussions in the classroom is a powerful way to increase our students’ critical

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Experts say that students lose up to 22% of knowledge over the summer. This makes reversing the summer slide more important than ever. Our guest blogger shares five rigorous ways to help reverse the summer slide, many of which requires the students to do the thinking and the work!

Reversing the Summer Slide

Minds in Bloom welcomes Lisa from Rigorous Resources by Lisa! She’s writing about some rigorous, essential tips that teachers must take when reversing the summer slide.   The National Summer Learning Association estimates that 22% of what is taught during the school year will be lost during the summer. That’s two months of learning, gone! Teachers are forced to spend a lot of time teaching the previous

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As we see the arts leaving more and more schools, it's more important to connect the arts with academics. This guest post explores a variety of ways that you can do that for all major content areas.

How to Connect the Arts with Academics

Hi everyone! I’m Suzy from StudentSavvy! I would first like to give a big thank you to Rachel for allowing me to guest post on her fantastic blog! I am a huge fan of hers, and I’m grateful for this incredible opportunity! When I was a student in high school, I attended a charter school that was considered a “Performing and Fine Arts Academy.” Before I was accepted into this school (there

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As the arts lose more and more of a hold in education, it becomes increasingly important for teachers to find way to integrate the arts into their curricula. Our guest blogger shares five simple ways to integrate the arts into any content area, so click through to read all of her suggestions.

5 Simple Ways to Integrate the Arts

Hi friends!  It’s me, Tammy, from Literacy Loves Company!  I’m so excited to share with you a few simple ideas to integrate the arts into your day-to-day curriculum!  Before we begin,  I’d like to send out a big THANK YOU to Rachel Lynette for inviting me to guest post!  I’m truly honored.   I am a firm believer that the arts are a vital part

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Math workshop is an incredible educational tool, but it can be a bear to set up. Check out these five tips for setting up math workshop so that it's easier for you.

5 Tips for Setting Up Math Workshop

Minds in Bloom is thrilled to welcome Sara from Sara J Creations to the blog today! She’s sharing five tips for setting up math workshop, which can be a challenge on its own. Enjoy! Do you use math workshop in your classroom?  A few years ago, I was just venturing out into the world of math workshop after successfully using the workshop format for reading and writing. 

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Keep your students thinking and discussing right up until the very last day of school with these End of the Year Task Cards! There are 20 prompts that you can use for writing or discussion, and then there are four bonus prompts! The best part? This task card set is free! Grab yours via the link in this post!

End of the Year Task Cards – FREE!

Grab these Free End of the Year Task Cards to keep your kids thinking right to the end. These cards are a great way to reflect on the year. Each one features a different prompt for discussion or writing! There are 20 prompt cards, plus four bonus cards that go a little deeper and require students to write a letter. You are sure to learn

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Can your students write to explain their thinking in math? The Common Core State Standards put more pressure on students' ability to thoroughly explain their solutions, and this new math routine will help you teach them how to do that.

Write to Explain: Your New Favorite Math Routine

Hello everyone! I’m Laura Santos, from Core Inspiration by Laura Santos, and I’m honored to have this opportunity to reach out and share my favorite math routine with you.   One of the best (and most challenging) things about teaching math is guiding students in the creation of clear math models and helping them develop the ability to communicate the reasoning behind their solutions.   The widely-adopted Common Core Standards for Mathematical

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When teaching factoring, finding the GCF is easy with the ladder method! This is a sure-fire way to help your students both quickly find the GCF when factoring and complete the factoring process quickly and correctly!

Using the Ladder Method in Math

Happy spring! I’m Ellie from Middle School Math Moments, and I’m so happy to have the opportunity to share my ideas with you!     I am always excited to learn something new, and I’ve learned quite a bit in the last few years about how the ladder method can help students with different math concepts (I didn’t learn this method when I was in

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