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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

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

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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

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

Writing in math may seem odd, but it's an important practice with the new standards being used today. This guest post shares creative and insightful ways to add writing to math class. These methods will really get your students thinking!

Ideas for Using Writing in Math

Today’s guest blogger is Mrs. D, and she’s sharing some wonderful and creative ideas for incorporating more writing into math curriculum. It’s totally possible–but it requires thinking about math differently. 🙂   Writing across the curriculum has been a movement in education, and my school district is no exception. With the recent changes to Common Core and

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Confessions of a “Misunderstood Mathy”

Our guest blogger today is Robert, who is describing to us his confessions of a “misunderstood mathy” with a great sense of humor. Robert explores some really great thoughts about mathematics that are important for all teachers to keep in mind.   For years my internal editor has instructed me never to begin any piece of

Minds in Bloom had a wealth of great posts in 2014, but these 10 take the cake as the best posts of 2014. Click through to our Pinterest board to see all of the posts!

Minds in Bloom: Best Posts of 2014

Here is a little round up of the best Minds in Bloom Posts of 2014! Each of these posts has had over 10,000 page views, and many have gotten quite a few more than that! As you can see, most of them are guest posts, which is awesome! You will find a wealth of information

Common Core math isn't every teacher's favorite thing, but the Standards of Mathematical Practices that come along with the CCSS are highly important. Learn more about why you can't ignore the SMPs, even if you disapprove of the CCSS.

Why You Can’t Ignore Common Core Standards for Math

Minds in Bloom welcomes Kacie from Managing and Motivating Math Minds as our guest blogger today. She is here to talk about some valuable elements of the Common Core Standards of Mathematical Practices.   The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have become a controversial and highly debated movement in education. The standards have been praised,

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

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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

Our guest blogger shares her tips on how to effectively manage small group instruction. Her tips focus specifically on reading and math centers and small group instruction built into those center stations.

Small Group Instruction

Minds in Bloom presents Laura of First Grade Spies, with her post on small group instruction. Enjoy! I love working with small groups of students! Working with small groups gives me the opportunity to really get to know my cutie pies, to gently guide them through their journey of discovery. It’s such a great feeling

We know most students don't love writing, but these ideas for writing across the curriculum make it fun--and students won't realize they're writing!

Writing across the Curriculum

Minds in Bloom is happy to present another stellar post from Shelley Rolston on Writing across the Curriculum. Enjoy!   I heard it a lot from students when I taught the upper elementary grades: “I’d like science if I didn’t have to write about it.” Or, “This is not math, it’s writing!” Have you ever

Writing in math class may seem unexpected, but it actually provides a way for students to strengthen their math skills and understanding. Our guest blogger shares how she uses journals in math class and some examples of different writing prompts that she assigns her students. She describes how journaling in math has helped her students to better master the content and enjoy math class!

Writing in Math Class?

Minds in Bloom is happy to present this guest post by Kim of Teaching Math by Hart. We just know you’re going to love this post on journaling in math class!   When I first introduce journaling to my students in my class, I generally hear comments like, “Aren’t we in Math class right now?” followed

By the time most students get to middle school, they've decided they "aren't good at math." Our guest blogger shares her advice on teaching perseverance in math and not letting students tell themselves they aren't good at it!

Teaching Perseverance in Math

Hello!  My name is Meg from The Teacher Studio, and I am thrilled to be over here blogging on Minds in Bloom!   I am a fourth grade teacher-blogger who is PASSIONATE about teaching and learning and helping each child reach his/her potential.  I also am a firm believer that helping students learn is far

Have you discovered any misconceptions about the equal sign in your elementary classroom? Our guest blogger discovered, when trying to teach pre-algebraic thinking, that her students had a big misconception about the equal sign that was preventing them from being successful. In this post she shares the creative lesson she came up with to correct their misunderstanding.

Understanding the Equal Sign Using Peanut Butter Cups

You are in for a treat today!  We have a simple and effective idea for teaching what the equal sign means from Jen of Beyond Traditional Math. Every day we have a daily math review, where I change up the problems based on the needs of my class. We’ve been working on some pre-algebraic thinking,

Our guest blogger, who is a tutor, shares her insight on how to expand the use of your file folder games. She gives a list of ways to adapt several games to stretch them further and make the most of them for learning benefits!

Expand the Use of Your File Folder Games!

We all know how motivating games can be in the classroom.  In this post Adrianne Meldrum of The Tutor House shares some great ideas for using file folders, as well as a Halloween freebie!  Thank you to Rachel for inviting me to write here on Minds in Bloom.  Ever since I stumbled upon Rachel two years ago,

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