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Brain Break sticks! Each popsicle stick has an activity on it {like spin 3x, jump rope, macarena, seat swap, etc...}.  When I see that the kids are starting to fade away, I stop and say man, our brains need to take a break...lets do a brain break. LOVE#Repin By:Pinterest++ for iPad#

"BRAIN BREAK" STICKS -- Each popscicle stick has an activity on it {like spin jump rope, macarena, seat swap, etc. When the kids are starting to fade away, randomly select a popsicle stick and do the activity together.

Highlighters next to the turn in tray. Kids must highlight their name before they turn in. A little helpful reminder to make sure everyone remembers their name! (Plus other cute ideas on this blog) @Welcome to Room 36

Awesome way for a child to remember to write their name on their paper. Get them to highlight their name before turning in their paper. Children love to highlight!

Write brain breaks on colored craft sticks, and let a student choose one when your class needs a mental break! Get your kiddos up and moving!

Idea for Brownie Dance Badge: For a "surprise" movement/dance when you need something to fill time. Would be easy to put in a can and have a student pick one out. Use rhythm patterns for student to clap, or sing intervals, or name tempo markings, etc.

"Kiss your Brain" and "Hug your Heart" for both academic and social caught-being-good moments

The Early Bird Gets the School Supplies...and a Lightbulb Moment!

*Teaching Maddeness* Kiss your brain jar! Love this idea. I say this all the time and then they can get a little "kiss" for thinking!

Afternoon yoga program has helped me "keep the lid" on in the afternoons . . . best part . . . it's FREE!

Classroom Yoga - Afternoon yoga program has helped me "keep the lid" on in the afternoons . it's FREE!

Yes/No spoons!  Cheap and easy way to let every student actively participate in a lesson : )

Yes/No spoons! Cheap and easy way to let every student actively participate in a lesson : ) a great way to assess and check for understanding for my evaluations. One side could be painted red and the other green so it would be easier to see.

Great idea! "Brain Sprinkles"! from Dr. Jean. It is an old coffee creamer bottle with the label removed. Fill the bottle with about two tablespoons of rice. Put a piece of plastic wrap under the lid and glue the lid. Everyone will get a little sprinkle before our "Circle Time" begins! From the idea genius of "quiet spray"! Check out her blog!

First filled the bottle with about two tablespoons of rice. Then put a piece of plastic wrap under the lid and glued the lid. The plastic wrap allows to actually open the lid. Everyone will get a little sprinkle before our "Circle Time" begins!

Calming Caddy- when a child needs to step away from a frustrating situation. Perfect for my classroom and my toddler.

The author posted this great idea of a calming caddy. It is filled with different sensory objects to help students calm down when getting frustrated. She includes things such as stress balls, calming glitter jar, play dough and notebook and crayons.

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