Hey Y'all! I hope you are enjoying your week.
Today is Friday!! Can I get a Yee-haw!!!
This is Deanna Jump speaking to ya from Georgia!
What is it about some weeks that make them seem sooo long? Sometimes it feels like Friday will never get here! I have to honestly say that's how I've been feeling a lot lately. Our class sizes this year are a little larger than usual and when you add a lot of extra little bodies into one tiny little classroom that can equal: exhaustion, behavior problems, chaos, and did I mention exhaustion?
But luckily, I found the book above. My teammates and I recently started a book study on
Creating the School Family by Dr. Becky Bailey. We have just started this journey but we are seeing some positive changes already. One of the things we've started implementing is Starting the Day the Brain Smart Way!
There are four types of activities that are necessary to start your day this way:
1. Activity to unite the group- this pulls the scattered energy of the group together.
2. Activity to disengage stress-turns the stress response off which increases higher-order learning.
3. Activity to connect-stimulates impulse control centers and activates attention centers in the brain.
4. Activity to commit-activates planning circuits in the brain and builds self esteem which helps focus attention and achieve goals.
Dr. Bailey goes into the process in great detail and lists lots of ideas for each of these four activities.
We've implemented this by starting our day with a Morning Meeting. We come together to the carpet and sing our special Good Morning Song. Then, we do some partner exercises. Next, we recite our class pledge and make our daily learning goals.
This is a picture of the class pledge:
I'm totally not brilliant.... I took the idea for this cute chart straight from the book.
The picture clues are made with Mr. Potato Head pieces.
I would love to hear from you! What types of activities do you do to create a classroom family?