November 13th, 2020
Wow, I don't know about you, but the last two weeks have felt like 6 months to me. I know you are all doing the best you can, and have astounded me with your incredible work! I have included some materials that may increase engagement and focus in the classroom. If you would like to see a category of resources featured, please send me an email! I am also available for coaching, listening, lessons and more!
This newsletter will cover:
- Tier 1: At Home Great Kids
- Engagement Strategies: Brain Breaks
- Engagement Strategies: Lunch Bunch
- Teacher Humor
Have a great weekend, you deserve it!
Tier 1: At Home Great Kids
We are continuing a whole-school recognition program where parents can nominate their students for being a “Great Kid” and following the Briarwood Way.
Please feel free to share this information in your newsletters or on your website.
How it works:
· Parents nominate their students for following the Briarwood Way by filling out the form below before Wednesday at 4pm.
· Students will be invited to a special lunch by email.
· All students will receive a printable certificate by email.
· Families are encouraged to print the certificate, snap a photo of the child with the certificate and post it on our Great Kids Padlet.
· This information is shared in the E-News weekly.
Congratulations to the October winners!
Engagement Strategies: Brain Breaks
Dice Brain Breaks
Dice Brain Breaks are a great way to increase engagement. Have students get out a dice and roll their own number to engage in a Brain Break, or roll the dice yourself and do it as a class! I "saved image as" from TPT. Click here for the image.
My go-to for a quick and fun brain break is using the website GoNoodle. This has been a game-changer in my classroom and you can sign up for free with access to so many videos. Of course, the paid membership is even better, but my class was very content with the free version.
There are times in the day, often after recess or lunch when students can come in frazzled. I may use this time for students to drop everything and read, or read them the class chapter book. Story online is a free website where actors read their favorite stories.
Dice Brain Breaks
Engagement Strategies: Lunch Bunch
Self-Care For Teachers
Why Teacher Self-Care is the Number One Topic We Should Be Talking About
- Teacher self-care
- The impact of COVID and self-care
- Reducing anxiety during these times
- Developing personal routines
- Zoom protocols and etiquette
- Deep work and creating an end of day checklist
- Procrastination and self-care