10 days in Games
A book by Patricia Wolfe Brain Matters: Translating Research into Classroom Practice described how well designed educational games tend to “involve several senses and involve several learning modalities to engage higher-order thinking skills.”
The 10 Days in... series of games that students are playing every Wednesday afternoon to better their geographic knowledge. There are five different board games to choose from:
At the start of each game, players fill their 10-day card racks by pulling tiles one-by-one and placing them in an open day slot. When everyone has filled their racks, the game begins. Through drawing, swapping and discarding tiles, players replace the tiles in their racks to organize a continuous trip. Most trips will be a combination of walking, flying and taking a boat from country to country. In the end, whoever gets their 10 tiles in a fluid order first wins!
These games are very easy to grasp and the more time students play the better at remembering which countries border which.
Homemade Ceiling Mount for the Class Projector?
After the summer remodel of our classroom, the new room configuration is finally starting to feel normalized and we are ready to add a permanent ceiling mount for the projector. We are looking for something with a small and sturdy profile that might look something like this:
If you have some special skills in this type of work (or know someone that might), please contact me.
And Now a Message from Our Mindfulness Coach Shannon..
I have been so enjoying coming into the classroom on Thursdays to work on mindfulness with the students. Mindfulness is a broad term that can encompass a lot of different practices. So far we have explored guided meditations, breathwork, aromatherapy, mindful movement and self-care using balls and rollers as tools.
For the second half of the year, we will continue in these activities and incorporate more movement with yoga, foam rollers and stretching. My main goal in working with the students is to incorporate the idea that there is a mind/body connection and how you feel in your physical body can influence your mood and your ability to focus and get work done. I want to empower students and give them the tools to take control of how they are feeling and help them be able to make changes so they can feel more in control of themselves and be better able to self-regulate and be productive in class. I welcome any questions and feedback from teachers and parents. The students have been very receptive and a number of the activities we have explored so far have been led by student interest and requests.
If any parents are interested in learning about the soft foam roller work the students have been doing, I am teaching a self-care workshop in the MELT Method for parents on Feb 11th from 1-3 pm. The workshop will be in the Ridgeline gym and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Ridgeline Capital Campaign. You can learn ways to make you body feel better AND help the school at the same time. There is more info about this class in the weekly reader and you can register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.