Welcome!
I'm so glad you are here!  Minds in Bloom started as a place for me to share strategies and ideas for teaching creative and critical thinking skills, and while that is still and important piece, it has blossomed into so much more. At this point, about 3/4 of the posts here are written by guest bloggers in the field of education. This has resulted in Minds in Bloom becoming an amazing resource for teachers, tutors, and homeschoolers, as well as counselors, and other professionals who work with children. In addition to posts about teaching strategies and classroom management, you will also find plenty of freebies and an occasional giveaway. Stay on top of it all by using he follow buttons on the right sidebar. 

About Me
As much as I wish I looked like my curly-top cartoon, this is the real me. I have a background in gifted education, but currently work full time as a writer and creator/seller of teacher resources (most recently, task cards). I have over 100 nonfiction books children in print, which you can see here. In addition, I have written several teacher resource books. The ones I am most proud of are a series of Creative and Critical Thinking Skills books that I wrote for Evan Moor. 

Although I enjoy writing books, my passion is creating high quality, ready-to-use teaching resources which I sell on the TeachersPayTeachers website. I believe our future depends on our children being able to think creatively and critically, so I incorporate higher level thinking skills into almost everything I create. Many of my products are also Common Core aligned. About a year ago I started creating Task Cards and now have over 200 sets of them in my store. 

On Teacher Pay Teacher's Top 100 Sellers list, I am currently #2. I am also the #1 seller for grades 3-5.

I am the mother of two pretty much grown children. My son, David is finishing up at Evergreen State College and my daughter Lucy just started her freshman year at Western Washington University. I am recently married to a wonderful guy and am the step mom of two fabulous girls, Emily 15 and Claire 11. We have a dog named Dobby that we are crazy about and an aging kitty. We live in the Seattle area which is beautiful...and wet.
When I am not at the computer, I love to travel, spend time with friends, read, bike, play racquetball, do ZUMBA, Zentangle, and crochet obnoxiously colorful hats. 


Here we all are. Since it was a second wedding, I decided to shake things up by wearing purple and putting our daughters in white. 

We had a chocolate cake!


This is Dobby. He did not get to come to the wedding.


Please feel free to contact me with comments, ideas, questions, etc.

reallyrachel@gmail.com

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