These quick, easy-to-learn activities give students much-needed mental and physical breaks, plus safe, structured ways to interact with peers. As a result, students are refocused and recharged and can more fully engage with the content you teach. Some brain breaks, like "In the Bag," are calming and reduce stress; others, like "Twisted Brain," energize bodies and minds. And you can use brain breaks anywhere, anytime! This handy book includes: Clear, easy-to-follow instructionsTips for successSample words and actionsSuggested variationsReproducible handouts
The fastest way to keep your students engaged Glazed look in your students' eyes? They need is an Energizing Brain Break—a quick physical and mental challenge to refresh them. This full-color flip book contains 50 highly effective, classroom-tested ideas for all grades. You'll find pictures, directions, and online videos for activities like: Slap Count Letters: students alternate slapping each other's hands while spelling a word Rock, Paper, Scissors, Math: partners reveal a certain number of fingers to each other, and the first person to add them together wins Bizz-Buzz: groups of students count from 1 to 40 using a combination of numbers and words
These tried-and-true learning structures encourage all students to do their best learning, stay fully engaged, and work with one another in dynamic, purposeful, and respectful ways. Discover new ways to meet the developmental needs that young adolescents have for movement and socializing while helping them meet lesson objectives in any content area. Samples of learning structures include: Consensus Mapping: Small groups of students work together to identify and reach agreement on the main ideasDebate Duos: Pairs of students learn to respectfully debate both sides of an issue and consider multiple perspectivesJigsaws: Small groups of students explore content in greater depth and then share their new knowledge with others Book features: Step-by-step instructions for every structureBrief descriptions of each structure in actionExamples of learning goals for each structureVariations and reproducible handouts for many structuresA quick guide so you can easily find the right structure for your lesson
Responsive Classroom practices have helped thousands of special area teachers for more than 30 years. Here you'll find practical suggestions, charts, planners, and examples from experienced special area teachers who use Responsive Classroom practices every day. You'll learn how to: Open and close each period in calm, orderly waysSet students up for success by modeling and practicing skills and routinesUse positive teacher languageEngage students more deeplyRefocus and recharge students with quick, fun, movement breaksRespond to misbehavior to get students back to learning
Simple changes in a teacher's language can bring about profound changes in students and classrooms. By paying attention to your words and tone of voice, you will: Increase students' engagement with academicsBuild positive communityMore effectively manage your classroom That is the message of The Power of Our Words, a book that has changed the teaching lives of tens of thousands of educators since it was first published in 2007. In this updated second edition you will find practical information to help you: Lead students in envisioning themselves achieving successUse questions that encourage deep and creative thinkingListen to students in ways that support their growthReinforce students efforts and remind or redirect them when they go off track. Throughout, you will find an increased emphasis on using teacher language to support academic engagement and critical thinking skills as called for in the Common Core State Standards. And an updated, livelier format makes this second edition even easier to read.
Energize your students through active learning! Engagement is critical to positive classroom climate and individual student achievement. Yet it can be elusive. This teacher-friendly flip book provides strategies to maximize student involvement and confidence in the learning process. In this easy-to-use companion to Energizing Brain Breaks, you’ll find: More than sixty practical, easy-to-implement, teaching ideas. Strategies improve questioning techniques, adjust attitudes, and involve parents. The Engagement Wheel, a downloadable self-evaluation tool to measure student participation and guide lesson planning. Access to a free PowerPoint or SmartBoard version.
This book provides 101 easy to use activities, designed to help you reach any student, despite what part of the brain they are operating from. This book provides activities that can help calm, focus, or energize your students!
40 fun exercises help students take a quick break and return to their work refreshed and ready to learn. Each exercise is designed to get more oxygen and energy to students' brains, improve their focus, and calm their nervous systems. The result: increased motivation, cooperation, and learning in the classroom. Includes a full-color poster with five easy moves all kids can do when they need a ""brain break""! For use with Grades K-5.
Students learn more—and with more joy—when lessons connect with their lives and interests while challenging them to stretch and grow. In this book, you'll find practical, ready-to-use strategies for creating active and exciting lessons. You'll learn about: Partnering and grouping students for optimum learning Using interactive learning structures such as Maître d' and Swap Meets to support active learning Incorporating acting, drawing, debating, and more into daily lessons while still meeting rigorous learning goals Infusing lessons with choices in what or how to learn to increase students ownership of their learning Incorporating student self-assessment tools to help children monitor and evaluate their own work and identify ways to improve their learning Filled with lesson plans, precise directions for interactive learning structures, planning guides, and more!
When the language we use with our students is positive, clear, and purposeful, our classrooms are transformed. This practical book focuses on five types of positive teacher language: Envisioning languageReinforcing languageReminding languageRedirecting languageOpen-ended questions Book features: Guidelines for using each type of languagePractical tips to strengthen your use of languageNumerous examples to use as modelsCharts to help you track your progress
Transform Advisory into Responsive Advisory Meeting with structured, purpose-driven plans to build relationships, develop communication and social skills, and support and extend academics.Developed from research with middle school students and teachers in rural, suburban, and urban public middle schools, each plan is designed to meet students' needs for belonging, significance, and fun while helping them build skills and explore their interests.
Heal your thyroid with the Paleo diet! If you've been diagnosed with the autoimmune condition Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, you know how difficult it can be to improve symptoms. However, scientists are discovering ways to address this disease without resorting to prescription drugs and synthetic treatments: through the Paleo diet. By using functional medicine and healing foods, you may finally find relief! In The Everything Guide to Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, you'll discover the causes and symptoms, as well as the link between gut health and thyroid health. You'll learn exactly which foods can help improve your condition and which ones exacerbate problems. This all-in-one health guide features meal plans, 200 nutritious recipes, and easy tips for transitioning to the Paleo lifestyle--so you can improve your well-being and heal your body naturally.
"A charming manifesto—as well as an intrepid do-it-yourself guide to building smart habits that stick. If you want to achieve more (without going nuts), read this book."—Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better From the New York Times bestselling authors of Sprint, a simple 4-step system for improving focus, finding greater joy in your work, and getting more out of every day. Nobody ever looked at an empty calendar and said, "The best way to spend this time is by cramming it full of meetings!" or got to work in the morning and thought, Today I'll spend hours on Facebook! Yet that's exactly what we do. Why? In a world where information refreshes endlessly and the workday feels like a race to react to other people's priorities faster, frazzled and distracted has become our default position. But what if the exhaustion of constant busyness wasn't mandatory? What if you could step off the hamster wheel and start taking control of your time and attention? That's what this book is about. As creators of Google Ventures' renowned "design sprint," Jake and John have helped hundreds of teams solve important problems by changing how they work. Building on the success of these sprints and their experience designing ubiquitous tech products from Gmail to YouTube, they spent years experimenting with their own habits and routines, looking for ways to help people optimize their energy, focus, and time. Now they've packaged the most effective tactics into a four-step daily framework that anyone can use to systematically design their days. Make Time is not a one-size-fits-all formula. Instead, it offers a customizable menu of bite-size tips and strategies that can be tailored to individual habits and lifestyles. Make Time isn't about productivity, or checking off more to-dos. Nor does it propose unrealistic solutions like throwing out your smartphone or swearing off social media. Making time isn't about radically overhauling your lifestyle; it's about making small shifts in your environment to liberate yourself from constant busyness and distraction. A must-read for anyone who has ever thought, If only there were more hours in the day..., Make Time will help you stop passively reacting to the demands of the modern world and start intentionally making time for the things that matter.
Build the foundation for a productive year of learning. Written by teachers, for teachers, this comprehensive K-6 guidebook shows how to: Plan a great first day—set a positive tone right from the start.Ensure that every part of the day flows smoothly—arrival, recess, lunch, and dismissal times, as well as lessons.Teach positive discipline—invest children in the rules and build prosocial behavior skills that keep their learning going.Present engaging academics—spark motivation and lay the groundwork for high academic achievement.Foster community—start with a daily Morning Meeting and end with a closing circle. The First Six Weeks of School is packed with practical teaching tips and examples of effective teacher language, along with activities and interactive learning structures—all in a lively, easy-to-navigate format. This book is your essential guide to the early weeks of school!
Active learning spaces offer students opportunities to engage, collaborate, and learn in an environment that taps into their innate curiosity and creativity. Students well versed in active learning - the capabilities that colleges, vocational schools and the workforce demand - will be far more successful than those educated in traditional classrooms. Get Active is a practical guide to inform your thinking about how best to design schools and classrooms to support learning in a connected, digital world. From classroom redesigns to schoolwide rennovation projects and new building construction, the authors show the many ways that active learning spaces can improve the learning experience.
To learn well, children need to move! A few minutes of playful moving, laughing, chanting, or singing promote more—and more productive—learning. The energizers in this book are easy to teach and learn. You can use them: Anywhere: Inside or outside the classroom, with children circled up, at their desks or tables, or waiting in line energizers work everywhere! Anytime: Between long instructional blocks, as Morning Meeting activities, when children need to calm down, and when they need to perk up energizers work throughout the school day! With any grade level, K-6: For quick selection, the energizers in this book are labeled by grade level but we've included variations and suggestions to help you adapt them to fit your group.
Add variety, learning impact,and joy to every Morning Meeting in your grade 3-6 classroom with these ready-to-use ideas.
Add variety, learning impact, and joy to every Grade K-2 Morning Meeting with these ready-to-go ideas.
Arguing, excluding classmates, forming cliques, "forgetting" to do homework, refusing to do work, balking at sharing. These problems, so common in elementary classrooms, can disrupt learning, frustrate children, and exhaust teachers. This book gives you five strategies for working with children to solve these sorts of problems. You'll learn to use: problem-solving conferences, conflict resolution, role-playing, class meetings, and individual written agreements. With warmth, wit, and deep insight into classroom life, veteran teacher Caltha Crowe guides teachers in making the most of each strategy. She includes detailed steps, true stories from classrooms, actual conversations with students, and answers to real teachers' questions. Interactive planning pages will help you adapt the strategies for your own students.

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