Fun Brain Breaks for Kindergarten
Anybody who has been any kindergarten class with several students in it knows one thing: these children are not made to sit still for long. Brain breaks are absolutely essential during transitions and multiple other times throughout the school day. Developing and executing fun brain breaks for kindergarten is really easy to do with given the students' age and excitement level.
"Social-Emotional Learning" with Dr. Marissa Kase
Social-emotional learning deals with social and emotional competency. It's looking at those aspects of how you feel, understanding how you feel, understanding how somebody else feels based on their body language. It's understanding why you don't feel exactly the way I do, or what to do when you feel. It goes further than just happy and sad and angry.
Student Led Conferences
How can we expect our students to have a vested interest in their education if we leave them out of the conversation? By utilizing student led conferences, we allow our students (of any age) to take ownership of their school experience by allowing them to have a voice and control over their own outcomes.
Student centered math
There is a lot of thought about whether or not you can really create an environment conducive to Teaching Student-Centered Math when you have such a short period of time each day. The fear is always that you will spend too much time trying to get the students organized and not enough learning will take place in order to fulfill the requirements of the curriculum. This simply is not the case.
Preparing for a Parent Teacher Conference
A parent teacher conference is all about making sure that all stakeholders are on the same page to help with the success and achievement of the student. This isn't always a pleasant experience, but it can be. Certain steps and preparations can be made to avoid confrontation at all costs, with the teacher controlling what he or she has the ability to control in the situation and finding ways to deal with what he or she cannot.
Movement in the Classroom isn't a want, it's a NEED
Here at Student-Centered World, we are HUGE promoters in flexible seating. The whole idea behind flexible seating is that a student will put forth their best work if they are in a position that they are the most productive. For some students, this is still at a traditional desk. For others, this could be standing, sitting on the floor, or laying down. Allowing this movement in the classroom will help a student (no matter what age) determine how they work best.
Changing School Culture with the Namaste Project
The Namaste Project helps schools hone-in-on mindfulness practices that are going to make them succeed. They help anywhere from lowering stress levels and resetting expectations to creating these Zen-like oasis places within the school building where teachers can go to reset to refresh and refocus. They even help some schools eliminate the need for detention or school suspension and help those students who need it most create coping mechanisms and learn ways to reroute their negative…
Work-Life Balance while Distance Learning
Some people choose to teach online. Most of these people absolutely love it. Right now a lot of people are teaching online, but not by choice. These people are hit or miss. However, there is one issue that many did not consider before beginning to teach from a computer screen. It’s something that has plagued “work-at-home” employees since the beginning. That’s the idea of work-life balance.
Brain Breaks for Adults
While we're worrying about the students, we need to be worrying about ourselves as well. As Educators, in general, we have a tendency to put ourselves last on the priority list. But what about us? Sometimes we need a few minutes to collect ourselves too, but in a profession where you have just minutes a day to use the bathroom, how are we supposed to be able to take brain breaks when we need them the most?
With the ever-increasing embrace of student-centered techniques in the classroom, it is no wonder that educators begin to find grooves that not only work for them but also some great student-centered activity ideas. Though we at Student-Centered World can talk about this until the cows come home, we decided to reach out to some other educators in the field to ask them about their favorite student-centered activity and the benefits of this model to our students today.
Core Teaching Strategies in a Student-Centered Classroom
Making the switch to a student-centered model is nothing more than a change of mindset. Read our latest guest post to learn more. #studentcentered #flexibleseating #edreform #globaled #edchat #teacherlife #iteach #growthmindset #inquirybasedlearning #personalizedpd #playbasedlearning #handsonlearning#teachershare #teachingkids #studentchoice #studentvoice #TLAP
Brain Break Games for High School Students (and why they're needed)
We know that Generation Z is different from any other generation that has walked into our classrooms. That is the reality; we can’t change that. But we can change how we approach it in our classroom. Brain break games for high school students are not difficult to create, we just need our students to buy-in and then the possibilities are endless.
Teacher Productivity Hack
If you feel like you wish you could be more productive in those "little moments" you have, here is a great option to stay organized and get it done :) #teacherhacks #productivity #gradingpapers #organizationideas #teachertips #usingtimewisely **Follow on Instagram for more #teachingideas**