I have been busy trying to finish up my last grad class in Brain-Based teaching through Nova Southeastern University. I have read so many books and articles this past year that my head is starting to spin!
However, I am so excited to share some interesting, fun tips I’ve learned through my graduate studies. Hopefully you can use them in your classroom to start the year off right!
On Mondays, I will post a helpful tip, worksheet, activity, or idea to help you to create a brain-based classroom.
This week= What Went Well
You can download this FREE worksheet below.
Special thanks to Glitter Meets Glue for the fun pen graphic. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Glitter-Meets-Glue-Designs
What is this?
Have your students end the day or lesson positively by writing down something positive that happened to them during the day and why they think this positive event happened. (I’ve also included a weekly version if you would rather your students do this exercise on a weekly basis. Since I only see my music students once a week, I will be doing it this way. I plan on having my 4th and 5th graders attach this sheet to the back of their keyboard folders for easy access after keyboard time).
Why do this?
Because greater well-being enhances learning. When we teach our students to be grateful for the little things, they will work harder and pay more attention because they feel happier. As Dr. Martin Seligman in his awesome book Flourish (2012, p. 80) states, “positive mood produces broader attention, more creative thinking, and more holistic thinking.”
So let’s help our students get those happy juices flowing by having them think of things that went well during the day.
Happy Students= More Learning!