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Kindness in the Classroom: Inauguration Day and Beyond

You’ve probably heard that old joke about parents who are shocked to hear their normally well-behaved child swearing up a blue streak. When they inquire as to where the child has learned such colorful language, the answer is, of course, “From you.” Children are constantly watching and listening. They are constantly learning about the world they live in and how they should behave in that

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

Our guest blogger shares a helpful guide on building loyalty in your students, which even includes building your brand! Learn some tried-and-true tips that were actually designed for businesses but can be successfully used in classrooms, too!

Building Loyalty in Your Students

Hi teachers! I’m Retta from Rainbow City Learning, and I’d love to share some ideas with you about building loyalty in your students as you think about how you’d like your teaching year to go. Thanks so much to Rachel for inviting me back! Loyalty is a feeling of strong support for something or someone. What could be better? Students who support you and what

It's easy to get frustrated with students who have ADHD; I'm sure we've all been there, as educators. However, our guest blogger is sharing her insight on how teachers and other educators should handle ADHD gently for the benefit of the kids who struggle with it. She's sharing some really great ideas for ways to do this, so click through to read her post.

ADHD: How to Handle Squirrely Kids More Gently

Here’s Lessia Bonn, from I am Bullyproof Music, on addressing ADHD with increased kindness and understanding!   ADHD: We flit, we float. We sail on quirky boats. We talk about tangerines when you asked us about pumpernickel. Oh jeez.   My mom used to groan in my direction, “Look how you get!” I’ve had mud on my face my whole life. ADHD life is disorderly. Squirrels rule

Although it's especially important at the beginning of the school year, it's important to take time throughout the year to work on growing relationships with your students. Our guest blogger shares five tips for showing your students you care about them and growing strong relationships with them. Click through to read more.

Growing Strong Relationships with Your Students

Hey y’all! I am Jacqueline from The Little Ladybug Shop in Houston, Texas. I am so honored and blessed to be invited to write a post for Ms. Rachel Lynette! I have always adored her, and today I feel such joy!   So, as we all are heading back to school this time of year, we have millions of things on our minds. Right? Things ranging from

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 with you today.   Classroom/behavior management is one of the

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 Intervention) Specialist on a kindergarten through fifth grade elementary campus.

Read the advice that this teacher (and parent) has for helping struggling students to grow. She provides 10 tips for promoting and encourage growth in struggling students.

10 Ways to Help Struggling Students Grow

Minds in Bloom is happy to introduce our readers to Jennie of A House Called Home with her inspiring post on helping struggling students.   I have three daughters. They were each adopted out of foster care around the age of nine. They all had something in common: They hated to work. I heard the excuses as to why they couldn’t do it, and I

One of the most important tasks for teachers of at-risk students is improving their self-esteem. When at-risk students don't believe in their own potential, they're less likely to be successful. This post outlines eight tips to help teachers foster self-esteem in at-risk students.

Improving the Self-Esteem of At-Risk Students

Creative Expressions was co-founded by two sisters about one-and-a-half years ago.  They produce bilingual products for teachers in the fields of English, Spanish, ESL, and math.   Their article about enhancing self-esteem of at-risk students validates their belief that all students can learn under the right circumstances. We have too many students who are at risk, and as teachers we need to help them improve their self-esteem whenever possible.  Sometimes, we just

Fold the Line is an easy but thought-provoking game that will help your students get to know each other, build social skills, and discuss controversial (or not) topics. Click through to learn more about this engaging and authentic classroom activity!

Fold the Line

Minds in Bloom is happy to present Terri Izatt from KinderKapers with a guest post on the game Fold the Line. We know you’ll love it!   This is an exciting time of year as we are thinking about going back to school and getting to know a new batch of students.  How do we build rapport with all these new little (or not-so-little) people?

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

What can I do when my students are mean and rude to each other?

Help! My Students Are So Rude, Mean, and Disrespectful to Each Other!

I often post questions from teachers on my Facebook wall. It is always amazing to see the helpful and insightful answers that other teachers post. A few days ago, a teacher named Jenny Eldridge had a great question about how to keep her students from being mean and disrespectful to each other. I was so impressed with the answers that I decided to post some

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

Join educators everywhere in remembering Sandy Hook and our fallen colleagues and their students. Let's come together to carry out random acts of kindness in their memory.

Remembering Sandy Hook

As educators, we remember and honor our fallen colleagues and their students from Sandy Hook School. We honor them each day in our classrooms in which we continue their dream of teaching our children. We honor their memory with our service. Join with teachers everywhere in committing random acts of kindness to show our love for Sandy Hook.

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