Brain Breaks Part 24: This or That

Brain Breaks Part 24: This or That

HEY Y'ALL! I know I know.... it HAS indeed been a while. Things are crazy here... Crazy to say the very least. I have SO much going on in my personal life right now I am barely coping with teaching... Remember to give yourself and ALL teachers grace because this year is indescribably challenging and…
Brain Breaks Part 11: PIKACHU

Brain Breaks Part 11: PIKACHU

So, today is Senior Leadership Day at my school. Each Senior gets to choose a teacher who they will "be" for the entire day. They plan for all of our classes and teach each one, they give assessments, grade those assessments, and do all of our duties for the day. My student's name is Noemi.…
Brain Breaks Part 8: Don’t forget to BREATHE

Brain Breaks Part 8: Don’t forget to BREATHE

People who observe my Brain Breaks often comment on the high noise level involved. If you are positioned in your school next to a less than  forgiving history teacher who complains about the noise level of your TOTALLY AWESOME and engaging CI classroom, then doing a Brain Break like evolution or Rock Paper Scissors serpent…
Brain Breaks Part 5: Brain Bursts!

Brain Breaks Part 5: Brain Bursts!

Fluency Matters recently gave me the opportunity to do a webinar about Brain Breaks. I had so much fun! I always tell people who feel overwhelmed with the thought of Brain Breaks that they shouldn't be daunting and they can be as quick and short as you want them to be. (Teachers of EVERY content area…
Classroom Management Part 1.2: Fiestas

Classroom Management Part 1.2: Fiestas

One of my most read blogs was my post on my  Classroom Management point system.  I constantly get tons of GREAT feedback from teachers who decide to experiment and use arbitrary points to motivate their students and create an incredible classroom culture and community. I wanted to give everyone ideas for the many different "fiestas"…