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"Just Breathe" by Julie Bayer Salzman & Josh Salzman (Wavecrest Films)

Settling the glitter

Because Mallory and Audrey are 8 and 10, there is A LOT of glitter in my house. Every t-shirt has glitter. Every craft project has glitter. Every nail polish has glitter. If you know anything about glitter, you know it is hard to clean up. It sticks to the floors; it sticks to the carpet, it sticks to the table. It's messy. SUPER messy, but it's also beautiful.

It's easy to see how glitter became an analogy for the work that happens in our brains. It's messy, sticky, complicated work. Stunning and awesome and inspiring, but often hard to contain. When our "glitter" gets out of control or the collective sparkle in our classroom is either dim or distracting, we can turn to focused-attention practices and brain breaks.

This smore is all about these two practices that are paramount in 83 minute periods. You must take meaningful, productive brain breaks. You must calm and center the students in order to prime their brains for learning. You must settle your own glitter throughout the day to be the best teacher you can be.

There is already a brain folder on the google doc for the DD brain lessons. I have started to add some brain break resources there. Please add some of your own. If you find a great video, handout, exercise, drop it in the google doc so that we can develop a bank of these techniques and strategies for our students.

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