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Make Every Minute Count: 5 Ideas to Keep Your Students Engaged and Learning

As a teacher, you probably know how difficult it can be to fit all of your responsibilities, ideas, and daily to-do list items into one school day! But, even with your busy schedule, you may have small pockets of free time when you don’t have anything planned with your students.  It’s during these times, like the last five minutes before dismissal, that you can make

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Use these 8 exciting ways to teach parts of speech to elementary school students in your next lesson plan or unit!

8 Exciting Ways to Teach Parts of Speech to Elementary School Students

You may remember learning about parts of speech oh, so long ago in your own elementary school days. Perhaps your teacher just discussed the different parts of speech and then handed out a worksheet or Daily Oral Language (DOL), expecting you to figure out how to use the parts of speech in an actual sentence.  How intimidating is that? But learning about the different parts of

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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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Mental Math Activities Every Math Teacher Needs

Mental math may seem like an ingrained skill that doesn’t require practice or development. But, elementary students who are still growing may lack the capacity to solve math problems in their head. Practicing mental math prepares students for harder math equations and also helps them to solve equations more quickly and accurately. Without the help of a calculator or scratch paper, students have to rely

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how to teach prefixes and suffixes

15 Engaging Ways to Teach Prefixes and Suffixes

As you well know, your students need to have a clear understanding of prefixes and suffixes, but often these concepts (especially suffixes!) can be tricky to teach. Of course your activities need to be related to the standard, but you also want them to be fun! But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. This post is your one-stop shop for effective and engaging lessons that will

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Inspiring Children to Love Languages and Translation

Minds in Bloom is so excited to welcome Ofer Tirosh of Tomedes to the blog! Ofer has written a fantastic post discussing the importance of inspiring children to love languages and translation, including information on why kids’ brains are better adapted to learning languages (as opposed to adults’ brains) and games that you can play in the classroom to help students practice translation. We hope

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Standardized testing comes around every spring, and every year, teachers look for effective strategies for preparing their students for the tests. This blog post shares fun and effective ways to teach test-taking vocabulary, which is an important skill for students! Hint: Task cards are a big help! Click through to read this post for elementary teachers.

5 Fun and Effective Ways to Teach Test-Taking Vocabulary

The standardized testing season will be here before you know it.  Whether this time of year excites you or frightens you, it’s time to prepare your students for the big test. Teaching them test-taking vocabulary can really help. Not only will your students perform better on the text, they will also gain confidence in their abilities to understand and respond to difficult questions. Read on

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5 Easy Strategies for Developing Critical Thinkers

We’re excited to have Sydney from Love, Laugh, Teach guest posting for us today! Her post includes helpful insight and advice for developing critical thinkers in the classroom. As teachers, we all know how important critical thinking is, but sometimes it feels like an abstract concept to teach. Read on to learn Sydney’s suggestions! Developing critical thinkers in the classroom is essential to creating a

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STEM is totally fun and engaging on its own, but you can kick up the learning and level of meaning even more by incorporating word games into your STEM subjects. This blog post shares a variety of vocabulary games teachers can use with STEM and STEAM students to help them learn relevant vocabulary. Click through to read the full post.

Word Games to Teach Kids STEM Subjects

STEM subjects are on the rise, and for good reasons. By studying science, technology, engineering, and math, kids will develop the skills needed for lucrative careers and to lead the next generation into the future. However, while parents and teachers see the benefits, kids aren’t sticking with STEM. Nearly a third of college students who began pursuing a STEM degree transferred out of the field.

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Sensory Strategies to Help Kids with Self-Regulation in the Classroom

Self-regulation is the ability to calm yourself down when you are upset and cheer yourself up when you are down. In the classroom, students may need help with self-regulating their emotions and managing their behaviors. The ability for students to learn how to manage their own emotions and behaviors can be vital for them to be able to learn in a school environment. Teaching students

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