brain breaks

Brain Break #29: The Name Game!?

Wahoo! I could literally sit down and blog for days and days and days about Brain Breaks. Gosh…  Last week, episode 18 of my podcast Teaching La Vida Loca dropped. It included my FAVORITE Brain Breaks for the start of the year. These are Brain Breaks that focus on building community, LEARNING NAMES, and setting…
Brain Breaks Part 15: COLOR!

Brain Breaks Part 15: COLOR!

I rarely write about Brain Breaks that are "chill" and don't involve lots of noise and controlled chaos! That doesn't mean I don't do them though! Many of you have seen me use this Brain Break at workshops but this year I stepped it up a notch in my classes and I can't wait to…
Brain Breaks Part 13: Chopsticks

Brain Breaks Part 13: Chopsticks

Hello my friends! I hope you're enjoying your weekend! :) Honeymoon was wonderful and everyone, EVERYONE must visit Cuba before they die... Thank you to those of you who wished us well while you were here in NOLA for ACTFL, and thank you for all your emails and messages of love! We are so lucky!…
Brain Breaks Part 11: PIKACHU

Brain Breaks Part 11: PIKACHU

So, today is Senior Leadership Day at my school. Each Senior gets to choose a teacher who they will "be" for the entire day. They plan for all of our classes and teach each one, they give assessments, grade those assessments, and do all of our duties for the day. My student's name is Noemi.…
BRAIN BREAKS PD for ALL Content Areas

BRAIN BREAKS PD for ALL Content Areas

I recently made a comment on the iFLT page that I did a mini Brain Breaks presentation for my faculty and staff at school as part of a Professional Development Day. It was hugely successful. I had to adapt and shorten what I normally do at conferences to make it not so language specific. There…
LOTS of Class Videos!!!! YAYYY!

LOTS of Class Videos!!!! YAYYY!

This isn't a full-blown blog but I wanted to link to some videos that I have been posting! :) I love that it is a real window into my classroom! Management, brain breaks, brain bursts, EVERYTHING! I have been having SO much fun with my 5th period. It is made up of 10 students who…
Brain Breaks Part 8: Don’t forget to BREATHE

Brain Breaks Part 8: Don’t forget to BREATHE

People who observe my Brain Breaks often comment on the high noise level involved. If you are positioned in your school next to a less than  forgiving history teacher who complains about the noise level of your TOTALLY AWESOME and engaging CI classroom, then doing a Brain Break like evolution or Rock Paper Scissors serpent…