Saturday, February 28, 2015

Whole Brain Teaching (Power Teaching)

Well hi! Lately with all the unexpected wonderful snow days we had I had been super interested in Whole Brain Teaching. I have been reading blogs and watching videos about it, it is absolutely wonderful! It is great for making your classes engaging and fun! You use a lot of gestures which is great for kinesthetic children! So far my favorite blog is Teaching and Learning Together, she has wonderful videos that show you how to implement whole brain. She is great!
I started working with my students this way and of course we had to begin with the attention getters, CLASS-YES! They pretty much had a blast! They thought and still think is a game, and they are actually REALLY good at it! I have tried many attention getters, from clapping to counting and nothing has worked as good as class-yes. 
A second thing I implemented in the class was MIRROR, which is FABULOUS! Every time I need to teach a concept or simply give out directions mirror is the way to go! When I taught them mirror I started with a short game, they needed to bring out their mirrors (which are really their hands) and do EVERYTHING I do. They love to mimic me of course, so they always are focused and eager to participate. I am still learning Whole Brain so I will have more posts about it in the near future. If you want to start or know what the basics are check out this video, it is fascinating!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

First product is up!!!! Double Trouble!

I have finally posted my first ever TPT product!!! I made a cute game for my little ones couple of weeks ago so why not share it with the world? We are practicing mental math and one of the strategies I like the most is DOUBLES! My kids are getting really good at it so I bumped it up to doubles all the way to 12 (I know is still easy but they forget sometimes). So how does it work? They grab two dice and then find the double of the number they get, of course they have to add up the dice first! They play, have fun and increase their mental math. Grab the freebie in my store! Link is on the sidebar :)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The first of many!

Welcome to my blog! I have been trying to do this for a long time but today I woke up with the inspiration I had been waiting for...oh and a completely unexpected snow storm outside of my house! I think I only needed another day off from school to start building my empire! I know is going to take a lot of hard work and time but let's do this!