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Brag tags are a popular and useful classroom management tool that have been around for a while. You might also know them by the term reward tags! Kids love them, and they can be a big aid in behavior management in the primary grades and upper elementary grades. However, they're usually not very interactive. Check out these new brag tags that students can color once they earn them! Not only will kids love to earn these for positive behavior, but they'll love coloring! Click through to learn more.
Are you looking for no prep, engaging back to school activities for your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade language arts classrooms? We made a list of our favorite resources including ready to use activities to get to know your students, no prep spelling printables, and Would You Rather task cards to create a classroom community.
Behavior management and classroom management can be a big struggle for many teachers, especially new teachers who are just getting started in the classroom. There's not a one-size-fits-all approach to these techniques. Our guest blogger is a self-proclaimed strict teacher who shares her best five classroom management tips for more control (or controlled chaos!) in your classroom. If classroom management is an area of growth for you, then you definitely want to read this post!
Technology certainly has come a long way, hasn't it?! This blog post provides a tutorial for how you can take a regular PDF document, turn it into a Google Doc, and then turn that Google Doc into a read aloud audio that you can use in your upper elementary classroom. Not only is this just a fantastic classroom technology tip in general, but it's also perfect for differentiation and providing accommodations for students. It's probably easier to do than you think, too! Click through now to learn.
One of the biggest questions teachers have is in reference to generating parent involvement in their classrooms. This can often feel like an impossible task for teachers to bridge that gap between school and home and to have a strong parent-student-teacher team. Our guest blogger shares several ideas on how to generate parent involvement in the classroom, so if this is a back to school goal for you this year, you'll want to check it out! Click through to read her feasible suggestions.
Are you a teacher who is looking for back to school resources? Minds in Bloom has a wealth of products, both paid and free, that will prepare you for your entire school year! Products cover classroom management, community building, math, reading, spelling, writing, and more. Perfect for upper elementary grades, including 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade, these resources will make the beginning of the year smoother for you. No need to reinvent the wheel! Click through now to see the round-up.
One of the biggest challenges teachers face is to building classroom community, no matter the time of year but especially during back to school season when you and your students are getting to know each other. Making your classroom a welcoming environment and ensuring that all students feel safe and invited is a tall order. Luckily, this post shares a huge list of ideas to build classroom community, so click through to read through all of the suggestions - and bookmark it for future reference!
There is no one-size-fits-all for classroom management. What works for one teacher might not work for you! It's important to try out new techniques to see if they work with behavior management in your classroom, but it's also important to have the self-awareness to move onto something else if it doesn't work. Every group of students is different! Our guest blogger shares several tips for finding the right fit for your classroom management techniques and routines. Click through to learn more!
Looking for a resource that has rigorous activities for both ELA and math in upper elementary? This bundle might be exactly what you're looking for! It includes the popular I Heart Literacy spiral review resources for 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade English language arts, as well as an engaging Doodle Math spiral review resource. These reading, writing, and math activities will keep your students reviewing standards and working toward mastery. Click through to read more about this bundle!
If you want to teach a more robust math unit about place value in your upper elementary math class, then you should definitely check out this bundle of math activities! Five different math resources are included, all focused on different place value concepts to help your 4th grade and 5th grade students work toward mastery. All of these resources work in Google Classroom, as well, to make your distance learning setup easier. Click through now to read more about what's included in this bundle!
Many teachers know that you can make Google Forms to be self-grading, which is super helpful when you're using Google Classroom, but did you know that you can make Google Sheets be self-checking, as well?! Minds in Bloom has written a blog post tutorial all about how to make self-checking Google Sheets so that you can start using them in your lesson plans and assessments. The formative feedback will be super helpful, and it cuts down on grading! If you'd like to learn more, then click through!
There are SO many different activities you can do at the beginning of the year; it can be hard to choose what you want to do with your new group of students! If you want something that's great for discussion time or writing prompts to fill some empty time in your schedule, then you want to open up this blog post. Get 20 free back to school writing prompts in this post! Perfect for upper elementary or even middle school, they'll get your students thinking and sharing. Click through now to grab!
As we enter the 2021-2022 school year, you may find yourself still navigating a distance learning environment at your school. While we've come a long way in getting the global pandemic of 2020 and 2021 under control, that doesn't mean things are totally back to normal. If you're having to start the school year teaching virtually then you'll want this FREE distance learning presentation to give to your upper elementary or middle school students to set expectations. Click through now to read more!
Are you familiar with PBIS, or Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports? It's a positive classroom management system that can be implemented both in individual classrooms and at the school-wide level. Our guest blogger shares what her behavior management was like before and after implementing PBIS and why she will continue to employ and advocate for it. If you need to tweak your classroom management system, then click through to read this post!
With the sudden and unexpected transition to distance learning in the spring of 2020, school districts and teachers everywhere had to jump into remote learning, whether they knew much about teaching digitally or not! To help make this easier, Teachers Pay Teachers rolled out a new feature called TpT Digital Activities, which is a digital annotation tool. If you're unsure how you might be able to use this tool with resources purchased from TpT, then you want to click through and read this post!
Behavior contracts can be a really effective classroom management and behavior management tool for certain students, but there are also times where they don't make sense. Sometimes teachers don't always know this distinction, which is why it's wonderful to have school counselors on staff to assist! Read a school counselor's step-by-step guide to implementing behavior contracts in your classroom! While this information is helpful for all teachers, it's especially helpful for new teachers.
Often, the most difficult classroom management situations arise from high-poverty classrooms. It can be hard to know what's best for behavior management in those classrooms. Our guest blogger shares four tips in this blog post and includes a free download. Click through to get your classroom management tips for at-risk students!
Explore how to use life lessons as a classroom management strategy in your classroom. This can be a really effective way to utilize authentic, real-life situations as a way of relating to your students and managing their behavior. It may not work for every teacher, and it may not work for every group of students, but it can be a really effective behavior management method in some classrooms. Kids need that authentic worldview to help them learn appropriate behavior! Click through to learn more.
If you're a teacher, then you probably know by now that Teachers Pay Teachers has annual site-wide sales during the back to school season to help teachers prepare for at least the beginning of the year with new resources. Inside this blog post, you'll find a short round-up of a few of Minds in Bloom's and Rachel Lynette's most popular resources that teachers want at this time of year. Lots of reading, English language arts, and literacy resources included! Click through now to check them out.
We all know that preventing summer slide is extremely important for our children, whether you're a parent or a teacher. This guest post shares a wealth of ideas for fun ways that parents can incorporate learning into everyday activities during the summer months. There are so many opportunities to squeeze in some learning into normal summer activities and kids often might not even realize they're practicing and reviewing! Click through to read our guest blogger's suggestions for the summer slide.
As teachers, we all hear about building rapport with students as a classroom management tool. However, sometimes its importance is forgotten. No matter what time of year it is -- back to school season at the beginning of the year, those tough winter months, or the end of the year -- these tips helps. This guest post shares five reasons your students need to like you in order to learn from you, but that is a key component to students' learning! Click through to read this guest blog post.
This has been one of the most popular blog posts on Minds in Bloom for a long time now - teachers love this back to school activity! This back-to-school "snowball" fight activity will have your students getting up and moving around the classroom to get to know each other. Extend the activity by repeating it with new facts - or use the same ones again! It's a fun and engaging way for you and your students to get to know each other at the beginning of the year. Click through now to read the post!