"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.  The kids absolutely go NUTS for these fun little activities.  None last longer than a minute and it's a great way to get them focused!"

"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. The kids absolutely go NUTS for these fun little activities. None last longer than a minute and it's a great way to get them focused!"

Awesome Meet The Teacher newsletter to hand out at Open House or during the first days of school! Super cute and editable!!

Awesome Meet The Teacher newsletter to hand out at Open House or during the first days of school! Super cute and editable!!

Two different methods for making a cloud in a jar. What a great weather science activity for kids!  || Gift of Curiosity

Two different methods for making a cloud in a jar. What a great weather science activity for kids! || Gift of Curiosity

Twitter door- have a laminated strip for every child and they get time to update status about something they learned, liked or happened during school that day! Interesting...

Twitter door- have a laminated strip for every child and they get time to update status about something they learned, liked or happened during school that day! Interesting...

I've done this now for 2 years now... Thanks to the other 3rd grade teacher for introducing this to me! This kinda gives it a different look though.

I've done this now for 2 years now... Thanks to the other 3rd grade teacher for introducing this to me! This kinda gives it a different look though.

Pinner said, "I put a box like this on my desk last year and it was ALWAYS full of notes, stories and drawings from my kids. If they began to tell a story during a lesson I'd say "oh! box!" This way I heard the story AND kept the lesson going" Good idea!

Pinner said, "I put a box like this on my desk last year and it was ALWAYS full of notes, stories and drawings from my kids. If they began to tell a story during a lesson I'd say "oh! box!" This way I heard the story AND kept the lesson going" Good idea!

I Need Help Mini Flip Chart Set- could make something like this.  I'm thinking it might help kids realize that most of the time, they CAN keep working while they wait for me to get to them.

I Need Help Mini Flip Chart Set- could make something like this. I'm thinking it might help kids realize that most of the time, they CAN keep working while they wait for me to get to them.

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