Universal Design for Learning, or UDL, is an instructional framework that promotes flexibility and individualized support for students. Learn how this mother-daughter duo is presenting a project-based learning activity using UDL strategies to their two classes of students of different ages and abilities!

Project-Based Learning and UDL Strategies at Work

Let us begin by introducing ourselves…Shari Bithell (Go Beyond) and Krystie Bithell (AdaptEd 4 Special Ed). Though we are separated by some 450 miles, our hearts and teaching approaches remain close! Shari teaches 6th grade in Southern California, with students ranging from SDC, RSP, RTI, and GATE, while Krystie is in Northern California, teaching moderate to severe SDC (generally working at 1st-2nd grade level) in

We Are Learning to (WALT) Ensure That We Use the WALT Approach

Minds in Bloom is pleased to welcome Libby from Curious Fox to the blog today! Libby is sharing the lessons she’s had to learn reminding her how important it is to always use the WALT approach when teaching. WALT (We Are Learning to), “learning intentions,” “learning objectives,” or whatever you like to call them have been around for a long time. They consistently appear detailed

Doodle notes are an up-and-coming trend in education. Doodle note pages allow students to doodle, embellish, and color while they take notes for class. This action engages both hemispheres of the brain simultaneously and enhances student learning. Learn more about the research behind doodle notes, how they work, and tips for implementation in this guest post.

Brain-Based Doodle Notes for Education

Minds in Bloom is thrilled to welcome Brigid from Math Giraffe to the blog today! Brigid is sharing her insight on an up-and-coming trend in education: doodle notes! Do you have students who doodle in class? Have you ever assumed that they are not paying attention? You may be surprised to find out that the opposite might be true. As far as learning goes, these

Growth mindset is a hot topic in the education field these days, but some teachers aren't sure how to teach about it. Our guest blogger shares six steps to instilling a growth mindset in your students. These are based off of her research about growth mindset and Carol Dweck's studies.

6 Steps to Instilling a Growth Mindset in Your Students

After sixteen years teaching high school English, I left the classroom to follow a dream and move with my family to a rural ecovillage. Since last February I have become an entrepreneur, I have been homeschooling my own kids, and I have also started teaching a homeschool co-op class with three other students. Having left behind everything that I knew, I am learning new skills

Do you often feel like you're losing instructional time? These three easy steps will help you maximize instructional time to ensure that you're making the most of every moment and not losing precious time to teach essential content.

3 Easy Steps to Maximize Instructional Time

We’re welcome Nicole from Teacher of 20 back to Minds in Bloom today! She’s sharing three simple ways to maximize instructional time. We know you’ll find this information super helpful!     In my time in the classroom, I’ve seen teachers often spend so much time teaching routines and structures that they end up neglecting the content. In this blog entry, I’ll talk about how to

Cooking in the classroom can be a fun and authentic way to deliver instruction. Cooking helps you reach language arts, math, science, and social studies--all the core subjects! Why not integrate cooking into your teaching toolkit now?

Integrate Cooking into Your Teaching Toolkit

Today’s guest blogger is Michelle from What’s Cooking with Kids. She’s prepared an excellent post that details the many ways you can incorporate cooking to your teaching toolkit and how you can make it interdisciplinary! As a teacher, you are busy.  Swamped, in fact.  You might even be so overwhelmed with content standards, district mandates, and department politics that you are reluctant to try a

Teaching academic language can be challenging and dry. However, it's important to teach academic language in order to build our students' vocabularies and maintain rigorous instruction. Here are five tips to help you teach it successfully.

5 Tips for Teaching Academic Language

Today, Marine from Tales from a Very Busy Teacher is our guest blogger. She’s sharing how she has successfully implemented strategies for teaching academic language in her classroom.   Academic language is (and has been) making a big impact in elementary school classrooms. Academic language gives students the skills to communicate, engage, and participate more effectively in content areas across the curriculum.   After learning about academic language through

We're always told to have high expectations for students, and it's not that we shouldn't, but how can we expect some kids to spell what they can't say? Let's help our students with speech sound disorders (SSD) be more successful.

How Can They Spell What They Can’t Say?

We’re welcoming Kim from Activity Tailor to Minds in Bloom today! Kim is sharing her insight on helping students with SSD challenges to be more successful in the classroom and reconsidering making students spell what they can’t say. When I’m writing a note and don’t have the luxury of spell-check to step in and fix my “typos,” and I have a less familiar word I

Literary terms aren't the most fun topic, and there are a lot of them, so they can be hard to remember. These activities for teaching literary terms are fun, engaging, and authentic.

Activities for Teaching Literary Terms

We’re welcoming back Sharon, from Classroom in the Middle, to Minds in Bloom today. Sharon’s sharing her insight on how to make teaching literary terms effective and engaging. Does just the idea of teaching literary terms to another group of middle grade kids make you want to forget about lesson planning and curl up in front of a good movie instead? Teaching (or learning) any

Getting Started with Number Talks

Welcome Friends! Today’s guest post was contributed by Shametria Routt Banks, The Routty Math Teacher, and is about implementing number talks in the classroom. This post includes an overview of how and why number talks work, tips and strategies to get you started, as well as a variety of resources to use on your journey. Happy reading! NOTE: As Amazon Associates, we earn from qualifying

We use technology for many others tasks in our classroom, so why not for intervention? This post details six digital tools you can use to carry out intervention. There are a variety of tools that can be used many different ways.

6 Tools for Digital Intervention

We’re excited to welcome Mercedes from Surfing to Success to the blog today! Please read her post about six tools you can use for digital intervention in your classroom. Enjoy! Digital learning tools can make targeted instruction quick and easy. The challenge is to wade through all the options out there and focus on the tools that are right for your needs. Let’s look at

How often have you taken the time to learn your students' expectations for your class? Probably not very often! Teachers spend a great deal of time making their expectations for class clear for students, but it's just as beneficial--if not more so, in terms of community building--to hear what expectations your students have. Here are four ways to learn about them.

4 Activities to Get to Know Students’ Expectations

Today, our guest blogger is Walton Burns from English Advantage. He’s sharing four activities that you can use to help learn your students’ expectations for your class. What a great twist to improve community in your classroom! On the first day of school, teachers around the world to do an icebreaker and learn their students’ favorite color or where they went on summer vacation. That’s

Have you wondered how you can make the Daily 5™ work in your upper elementary classroom? It is possible! Read how this teacher made it work for her students by losing a couple of the Daily 5 centers and adding in two that were more age-appropriate for her students. She loved the outcome, so maybe you will, too!

Daily 5™ for Upper Elementary Students

We’re welcoming Melissa from The Paisley Owl to Minds in Bloom today. She’s got some excellent tips for those of you who teach upper elementary but still want to implement the Daily 5™ in your classroom.   How can I put students at the center of their own learning? How can I hold students accountable during language arts centers? How can I differentiate to meet

Most books and stories provide ways to connect cooking to literacy. Open a new door to learning in your classroom by connecting cooking to literacy. Your students will love the opportunity to learn cooking skills while reading and making real-world connections.

How to Connect Cooking to Literacy

Please welcome Kristal to Minds in Bloom today. She’s sharing a fun guest post with us about how we can connect cooking to literacy. The next time you’re reading a book that talks about food, see whether you can incorporate cooking! Eating food can create experiences for us beyond nourishing our bodies. Oftentimes, we remember foods that were a comfort to our souls, that made

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