It's been a little while in between blogs trying to keep up with everything so I thought I would do a quick update on what we are up to!
First of all, I am so excited to announce that I booked a Whole Brain Teaching Classroom Management Conference (finally) for our district! The amazing Sarah Meador from Meador in the Middle will be teaching all the WBT basics for 6 fabulous hours! I am hoping to get her back at our school this fall as well! I have been working to get people on board with WBT since I started a year and half ago! It is finally starting to catch on! :)
I am working on my certification through an internship with Farrah Shipley (and Nancy Stoltenberg has been a gem giving me feedback as well!) but sometimes I feel like I will never get there! There is always so much to learn! I have been working on getting some videos ready for submission and crossing my fingers that eventually one will be semi close to exemplary! **Fingers crossed!**
Here is the link to sign up for the conference in our district if you are close to the Wisconsin area!
WBT Classroom Management Conference
So, I have to confess.... I am completely OBSESSED with Brain Games in my classroom! I truly believe they are making a difference in my students! I started out with one Brain Box....
I now have 3 Brain Boxes, 4 Spot-It Games, Q-Bitz, and a spatial Brain Builder Game! I started these as a morning wake-up activity but now we play them every free second I get! Last Friday, my students got some lap-top time and when I asked who wanted to play a brain game, every single hand shot up! It was amazing to see every single student want to get off of a computer and play a brain game! **Teacher Heaven**
Here is a look at some of these games...
I just got this one so we haven't played it yet!
This one was a gamble since it says ages 8+ and I teach First Grade but they LOVE it and they can do it!
Here they are having an intense Q-bitz tournament!
And this last one (Spot-It) was such a hit, I had to get several of them! They have a lot of different versions... I think my students love this one because they get to shout out :) Either way, it works for ALL ability levels and is a really great brain workout!
Since my kiddos worked so hard this year, I am considering turning our centers into all brain games for the last several weeks of school!
Have you tried brain games in the classroom yet?