Shout out to my sister, Kate, who helped me create the title for my blog, "Fun and Fearless in First." I think the title really rings true in my classroom. I heart first grade and every day we take risks as learners, all while having fun learning!
Now that summer has arrived, I can relax and reboot. I'm enjoying my fun in the sun, especially on the boat! Then when the sun goes down, inspiration seems to hit and I find myself creating teaching materials well into the late night hours. So glad that alarm clock is off for the summer!
Last night I was hard at work on my new classroom rules. Have you discovered Whole-Brain Teaching yet? Oh-my-word, it is an amazing site! I came across it from a link on, where else, PINTEREST! I was hooked. Whole-Brain Teaching is based on the goal of creating peaceful classrooms full of orderly fun! They incorporate a lot of kinesthetics into their management strategies. I tried a few of them in the late spring and fell in LOVE! With the addition of movements linked to learning concepts, I found my students were able to retain new information better. This year I really want to incorporate the strategies from the start. So where to begin... the rules of course! I adjusted the Whole-Brain Teaching rules slightly to meet my own needs. Click on the link below to get your own free copy from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.