Friday, February 21, 2014

Whole Brain! Whole Brain! Whole Brain!

Well another short week behind us... my district actually only had President's Day off, but we had a snow day Tuesday, following a week of Thursday/Friday snow days.... so basically I had a mini-vacation mid-February. Boy do I need to get back into a routine!

Anywho, I'm linking up with Doodlebugs for Five for Friday.

If you couldn't guess from my post title, I have some Whole Brain Teaching to share, but I'll save those for the end... (best for last!)

We celebrated Valentine's Day on Wednesday because we were snowed out on Friday. In case you missed it last week, we made bear Valentine holders for our cards & goodies. We saved Valentine's Day festivities for last mostly for my sanity as we had to "earn it!"

We have been doing "mini research" projects in writing. I do some of the "research" for my kiddos by having them put 3-4 topics on an index card with their names. I then sorted through the cards and chose a different topic for each kiddo, then located a book, article or website for each kiddo. They then use the book, article or website to answer each question on their worksheet/organizer. Once they're done with their organizer we'll work on transferring the information into a nonfiction piece. The process isn't perfect but it's better than last year. If you're interested, click below to see/download the organizer we're using, again, not perfect... definitely a work in progress!

With all these snow days I was able to finish a few TPT products! Right now I'm teaching money, so I've been trying to whip up some products to make it all a little more fun!

My Coin Matching Memory Game & Worksheets includes 3 different memory style games tried & tested on my kiddos who LOVED it!
It also includes worksheets where students connect the coin set to the animal with the correct value, also tested on my kiddos and although they thought the animals were cute, of course they weren't as enjoyable as the memory games.

My story problem cards include 8 money story problems including addition, subtraction, 1 & 2 step problems. I haven't used these with my kiddos yet as we aren't to this point in the unit, but my students have enjoyed story problem cards as a math center for other math topics!

Finally, here is the money bundle! It includes ALL the money products I've promoted lately and if purchasing the bundle will save you nearly $5, and who doesn't  love a deal ;) It includes 3 solve the room activities, 3 I Have Who Has games, 3 Memory Games, 3 sets of matching worksheets & Story Problems!

I am so happy to have my toughest grad classes so far almost done. My research paper which I wrote about Whole Brain Teaching is done and submitted and I'm SO excited to present to my classmates about the magic of WBT this coming week. We were limited to 4 power point slides during our presentation... I decided to teach my classmates about all but one of the "Big Seven" of WBT.

And BEST FOR LAST... I was just approved by my district to go to the annual 3-day Whole Brain Teaching Conference in June with my bestie from the school I worked at last year... We are BEYOND excited! The conference is a few hours outside of New Orleans, so we are going to visit there too! Then when we get back we are presenting PD to our schools. I can't even express how thankful I am for this opportunity! Be on the lookout in June for all the fun stuff I learn while I'm at the conference :)

Well that is all for today, don't forget about the TPT 3 million strong sale on February 27th & 28th! My store will be on sale the 26th too (Happy Birthday to me!).

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  1. Found you through the linky. Your money products look great!

    Butterflying Through Teaching

    1. Thanks! Can't wait to check out your blog too!

  2. I found you through the link-up, too. It's interesting that your blog started as an assignment - that's a great assignment - better than writing research papers, any way. It must be SO difficult to be in grad school and teaching full time. You're doing a great job balancing all of these demands.

    1. You are so right, a blog was much more fun than a paper :)
      Thanks for the amazing compliment about balancing everything... it is a lot of work, but luckily I like to be busy!


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