Ten Day Brain Break Challenge!

Ten Day Brain Break Challenge!

YES!!!!!! I have been planning this for quite some time! I decided to save it for April because I think it seems to be the month that always drags on FOREVER! I will keep this blog short and sweet. I am inviting you and your students to do a 10 day Brain Break challenge. Each…
Brain Breaks Part 25: STOMP, CLAP, SNAP!

Brain Breaks Part 25: STOMP, CLAP, SNAP!

What!? Maestra Loca?! You still blog!? I know... I suck this year... oh well! Something is better than nothing I suppose! Wanted to share a Brain Break with you that I've really been loving this year! The Middle School Music teacher at my school, Ashley Johnson, shared it with me. It is essentially body percussion...…
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 21:  Fast Fingers!

Brain Breaks Part 21: Fast Fingers!

On March 13th, I was Vermont Foreign Language Association's Keynote speaker and workshop leader. I took three planes to get there and when I landed in New Hampshire and was in line to rent a car to drive the rest of the way I discovered that they made the decision to do it all virtually.…
Brain Breaks Part 20: Lotería

Brain Breaks Part 20: Lotería

Do y'all remember that glorious Monday in December we all woke up to find that Google had a "Doodle" for that day that was made to celebrate the traditional game of ¡Lotería!? Sigh... I remember it like it was last week... That's because we played it AGAIN last week in my classes!!! The best part…
Brain Breaks Part 19: Number game!

Brain Breaks Part 19: Number game!

There are so many benefits to using Brain Breaks in your classroom! The most obvious are: increased student engagement, culture building, and JOY... one less obvious benefit is that Brain Breaks can be vocabulary builders. The parts of the body brain break is one of the first I used to "teach" parts of the body…
Brain Breaks Part 18: Obstacle Courses!

Brain Breaks Part 18: Obstacle Courses!

Many of y'all who stalk my blog (THANK YOU! GRACIAS! MERCI! DANKE! XIE XIE!) have already read this Brain Breaks blog (or one very similar) so it will feel like dejavu!... I wrote this several months ago but deleted it and am republishing it slightly differently! (Thank you Christopher Sutherland!) YouTube has tons of great…