I have really been enjoying reading Whole Brain Teaching! My thoughts on the first few chapters is....wow! I do pretty good! Chapter 3 talks about how bad teaching breeds challenging students and how many teachers make mistakes that do them in. Thankfully, I do not fall into any of these "traps" but you can see how if you did it would make your job that much harder.      

  1. Loosing your temper (never good)
  2. Confronting rebellious students (it will only make them bolder)
  3. Being disorganized (this is definitely not my problem)
  4. Not liking your job...I mean if you don't love this job...you need need to quit!
  5. The less work you do outside of class, the more work your class will be. (Face it that's why good teachers spend so much of their free time working on teaching stuff, writing, blogging, researching)
  6. You can't mold your students into little versions of yourself.
  7. Grow or die...you have to be constantly learning yourself. Growing, evolving. I really like this one...as teachers we should let our students know that we are also students ourselves. Always striving to learning new things.
I can't wait to keep reading more about their actual strategies!

I am also reading this great book:

Quite a few schools in my area use it and the "Be The Leader" program so I really wanted to learn more. My own children use it in their school. I love the 7 habits and want to use them in my classroom next year. I found some great resources on tpt to help out with this....including these great and FREE posters!


Hope you are having a wonderfully relaxing and productive summer so far! I still have so many things on my to-do list but the pool keeps calling my name......................

ah summer.....I have just been plain overwhelmed these last few weeks. There tons of things I could have blogged about or links I should have linked up with up and just never did. Report cards, class picnic, end of the year conferences. Plus if you have your own personal children at home, just multiply by the number of children you have and it officially equals super busy. At these times something just has to give!

So I have been thinking about my summer bucket list. It's going to go by fast so I need to really decide what I want to accomplish. My first priority is to organize my basement. I am so fortunate that I do not take everything I own to school, I keep everything in the basement and just take what I need. But I don't always return it in a very organized manner when I am finished! So a complete overhaul is needed, plus I plan to finally pitch some files and stuff. I have so many file folders with papers that just need to go, I really keep everything important digitally now anyway.

Next on my list is to work on some more tpt units. I have so many unfinished things that I have started. So I really need to finish those up and try to finish some of the ideas floating around in my head!

Finally, some summer reading. I was trying to think of what to read this summer when I turned on my computer this morning and read Growing Kinders blog about Whole Brain Teaching. I have been hearing a ton of great things about it and the results people are having in their rooms. So this is really exciting me! If you are interested in Whole Brain Teaching, link up and read with us. I am going to be posting my thoughts on the book and how I might use it next year.

Click here to jump to Amazon to pick up the book. 

This YouTube link is a great resource, especially if you one that likes to see something in action! There are a bunch a great videos to watch!

The author of Whole Brain Teaching Chris Biffle also has an excellent website.

So now, I just need to download the book to my computer/phone and start reading! I hope you take time this summer to grow professionally but relax and recharge your batteries too!

Happy Summer :)
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