Sunday, July 12, 2015

WBT Books Study Chapter 4

I'm a little behind with this week's chapter in the WBT book study of 122 Amazing Games! but better late than never, right?

Chapter 4 is filled with variations on Class-Yes, Teach-Okay, Mirrors, the Scoreboard and other WBT stables. Here are some of the things I'm going to try this school year.

Class-Yes: I'm liking the echo leaders especially for those students who may have a little harder time returning their focus after a Teach-Okay session. Basically, you select some students who repeat your Class-Yes after the students have done so once.

Teach-Okay: There are so many variations provided in the book, but I think my favorite combination would be to wiggle your fingers, say Wiggly! Woggly! Teach! in a serious voice! I'm betting my 4th graders, who I will be looping with, are going to just love that one!

Mirrors: This year, I definitely want to do more Magic Mirrors. In Magic Mirrors, students have to make the gestures themselves while you talk with your hands behind you. I've used Mirror (or Silent Mirrors as it's referred to) and Mirror-Words with great success. I might test run it on my loopers, then try it with my 3rd graders since they will be new to WBT.

Scoreboard: Since I have a pirate theme in my room this year, I will be using Pirate Vs Crew for a while with Arrg! and Yo Ho Ho! For those who have been to a conference with Coach B and his lesson on the ages of history, I plan on having the class do his Yo Ho Ho! I also like Rule Roll Em to pick what the bonus points on the Scoreboard will concentrate on.

Next up will be Chapter 5 on writing. To join in on our discussion, even without blogging, click the picture to go to the Facebook page just for our book study!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

More Product Updates!

With the TPT Seller Challenge, I've really been thinking about updating/revamping more of the items already in my store. Here's what I've worked on!

A few years ago, I made some candy bar awards products from the ones I used in my classroom. I've updated the awards and the certificates.

The awards packet includes a nomination sheet, student ballot, and tally sheet. The certificates have 2 different borders, but both would print well in black and white on colored paper. With these now being PowerPoint files, adding names and information should be much easier.

There are 16 individual awards including two for both a boy and a girl. The candies include Baby Ruth, M&M's, Nestle Crunch, Milky Way, Zero bar, gummy worms, Lifesavers, Jolly Ranchers, Laffy Taffy, Ice Cubes gum, Mr. Goodbar, Whoppers, Fast Break bar, Dove, Skittles, and Starbursts.

I've put both products 20% off until this Friday, so get yours soon by clicking the links below!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

TPT Seller Challenge Week 3 - Make Your Masterpiece

For the Make Your Masterpiece week in the TPT Seller Challenge, I've made another Get to Know You Glyph. This time, it's monster themed!

This product includes a full page as well as half page student sheets and instructions on how to color the page based on things like age, number of siblings, and favorite subject. There are class graphs for each category as well.

In honor of this new product and the TPT Seller Challenge, I'm putting both the Monster and Hollywood themed glyphs 20% off! Click the picture or the link here: Monster Glyph on TPT

I'll also be giving away one to a lucky follower!

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Would you like to see this with another theme? Just let me know!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WBT 122 Amazing Games Ch. 3

Chapter 3 of the new WBT book 122 Amazing Games is jam packed with 10 games.

Each of first 8 games in this list, which are classroom management techniques, have some variations. The last two provide a way for you to track the improvements you are making in your classroom.

Since many of these are familiar to those who have dabbled in WBT, I want to detail the one that I will be making a focus for myself this coming school year: CEA. When I read about this in Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids, I thought it would be something good to do, but just never actually did. My hope is that it will not only help me see each student individually but it will also help me see those small changes over the course of the entire year.

The Classroom Engagement Average, or CEA, privately gives you a chance to look at each student in your class and places them into one of these categories with points:

4 points - Alphas: These are the kids that follow all the rules, have their eyes on the target, and    
                               generally give their best to you
3 points - Go-Alongs: They frequently follow the Alphas and usually do the above.
2 points - Fence-Sitters: Some days these kiddos are on it and other days, yeah, not so much. New
                                         students would be placed here since you don't really know them yet.
1 point - Challenging Kids: While rare, this are the students who hardly ever follow directions, or
                                               anything else that you'd wish them to do.

Each week, you average your CEA by adding the points for each student then dividing by the number of students you have. The goal is simple - raise the average by .1 every month. Over the course of a year, this would mean every student has moved up one level!

As time goes on, you want to create Leaders from your Alphas. They get 5 points in your average. You can also encourage faster moves by using Star Cards. Chose a few Climbers - those who you can see easily moving up! Give them a card labeled with a behavior you'd like to see improvement in. The student self tallies each time they believe they are meeting that goal. You view it at the end of each day and when you feel they have really improved, they receive a Super Improvers star! I think the best part is you aren't dictating how many tallies or how long it will take for this improvement to become a habit! The book even mentions an addition to the card using a star punch, but you'll have to get the book and read it yourself to find out what that is!

Want to learn more or join in this book club? You can even just read the posts or pose questions there if you'd prefer not to blog. Visit the WBT 122 Amazing Games Book Talk Facebook page by clicking the picture below!