Every teacher wants to help struggling students, but we don't always know how. This post describes how struggling students may be lacking certain processing skills that would make them more successful. Learn what they are and how to address the issues.

What Your Struggling Students Need You to Know

Today’s guest blogger is Cherice from Inner Pieces Gallery. She’s using her background as an educational therapist to provide some tips on reaching our most struggling learners to help them succeed.   Do you ever feel like some students in class are unreachable? Even though you believe all children can learn, sometimes they arrive at

It's important to build confidence in math class for many students, because they don't believe they're capable of learning math. These five strategies will help you make math class feel safe, fun, and worthwhile for your students who struggle.

5 Fun Practices to Build Confidence in Math Class

Hi everyone! I’m Brittany Kiser, from 123teach, and I’m so excited to share some ideas from my classroom in hopes that together, we can help students build confidence in math class! As a middle school math interventionist, the students who enter my classroom have already given up hope that they will ever be successful with math. I

how to make research easier for students

6 Secrets to Successful Research with Kids

Research, the very word, can draw shudders from teachers and audible sighs from students. If you are one of those shuddering educators dreading that next research project, then you are truly going about research all wrong. Take it from this elementary school librarian! I have been an elementary educator for twenty years and a certified

Spring Would You Rather This or That

Would You Rather Questions for Spring and Easter

Here are some fun “Would you Rather…” Spring & Easter questions to bring a little SUNSHINE to your class! “Would You Rather”, “This or That” – Whatever you call this game, your students will love it!  You’ll love the: Respectful Discussion & Debate Critical thinking skills Communicating thoughts and ideas Defending thoughts and opinions Being

What are some ways I can work together with the speech-language pathologist to benefit my students?

The Teacher and the Speech-Language Pathologist: Tips for Effective Collaboration

We’re thrilled to welcome Maureen from The Speech Bubble SLP to Minds in Bloom today! Maureen has a wonderful guest post all about effective collaboration between the teacher and speech-language pathologist. Enjoy! These days, you will find at least one child in every classroom that receives speech and language services of some sort. This means

Classroom Management: Using Positive Strategies

Positive Behavior Management Strategies for the Primary Classroom

Hi there, everyone! My name is Marine Freibrun. Elementary school teacher, mom, wife, and blogger! I am the author of Tales from a Very Busy Teacher. I am so honored and excited to be writing a guest post for Minds in Bloom today! I am sharing TEN positive behavior management tips for the primary classroom

Have you heard of Plickers? Plickers is a free app that's revolutionizing classrooms everywhere! Assess students, take votes, grade, and more all with the ease of this app. Read more in this guest post!

Plickers – A Fabulous App for the Classroom

Some apps are fun. Some apps are useful. And then there are apps that transform the way you teach. Over the years, I have found very few in the latter category.   Plickers is a transformative app. I would tell you to stop everything and download it now, but don’t worry, it will still be there when you finish reading. I even promise you

Every once in a while, teachers get children who stutter in their classes. Depending on your student's age, this may or may not be a point of contention and discomfort for them. This guest post, written by a speech-language pathologist, shares important tips and information that teachers need to know about stuttering to help their students succeed.

What Teachers Need to Know about Stuttering

Minds in Bloom is thrilled to welcome Lisette from Speech Sprouts today! Lisette has written an informative post about what teachers need to know about stuttering, which is especially helpful when we have students who stutter in our classes. Enjoy! If you are a teacher who has a student in your class who stutters, you

Centers are an extremely effective instructional tool, but they can be a pain to set up and keep up. Our guest blogger shares how she spends extra time at the beginning of the year (or even the end of the previous year!) to get her centers ready for the ENTIRE school year. Learn her tips in this post!

Creating Easy Center Management

Today’s guest blogger is sharing all about how she easily manages her centers so that she doesn’t have as much time involved in setting them up. Read on to learn more about creating easy center management!   You know what centers are? Right. Those wonderful engaging, meaningful, activities that the rest of the class is working

Choosing the right Informational Texts for your students

Choosing Informational Classroom Text

We’re delighted to have Sharon from Classroom in the Middle guest blogging for us today. She’s written a great post about choosing informational classroom text, which we think you’ll find helpful and informative!   The good news about informational text is that there is LOTS to choose from. The problem is deciding which informational articles

This veteran teacher shares five tips for practicing inferencing in your Reading and Language Arts classroom. Help your students learn how to "read between the lines" and make inferences while they read!

5 Tips for Practicing Inferencing

Thank you to Claudio Enriquez from Two Boys and a Dad-Teacher for his guest post today!   When it comes to inferencing, many of our students fail or come up short with their answers. The Common Core Standards for both informational and literature standards are very clear as stated in Anchor Standard 1: Read closely to determine what the

Tips for Organizing Classroom Centers

We’re so excited to have guest blogger Amy Mezni from Teaching Ideas 4U on the blog today! If you want to use centers in your classroom, then you’ll find her guest post on tips for organizing classroom centers very useful!   Are you new to using classroom centers? As an upper grade teacher, I know

Using manipulatives effectively in the classroom is essential to ensuring that your students are learning the content and staying on-task. Here are five guiding principles to help you accomplish appropriate use of manipulatives.

5 Principles for Using Manipulatives Effectively in the Classroom

Please welcome Sandra from Sandra’s Savvy Teaching Tips to Minds in Bloom! Her post explains how we, as teachers, can emphasize using manipulatives effectively in the classroom.   An essential step in learning is making connections. Cards, dice, and money provide connections to real life. Sometimes struggling learners wonder why they need to learn something because they can’t see

how to make math more exciting for my students

Fun Ways to Practice Multiplication

Minds in Bloom is happy to introduce Lauren from Mrs. Thompson’s Treasures with her post on how to get students to have fun while practicing their multiplication. Enjoy!   Multiplication is one of those skills in math that kids really will use almost every day of their lives. Thankfully, it’s also a skill that can

Tips to Make Reading Fluency Fun!

Here’s a familiar scene:  Your students are reading paragraphs out loud. The first student reads in a monotone voice, while there are no actual mistakes, she has less expression than Siri on your Iphone. Student number two sounds great, except that she has guessed (wrongly) at two of the words in the paragraph and skipped

how to teach my students to set their own learning goals

Teach Your Students to Set Learning Goals and Boost Learning

Minds in Bloom is happy to present Jen Bradshaw, the author of TeacherKarma, with her inspiring and informative post. We know you’ll find it useful!   Boost learning by teaching students to set their own goals. For the past six years, I have had the opportunity to be a Literacy Coach and RtI (Response to

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