Saturday, December 5, 2015

Consistency is ABSOLUTELY necessary! (Grab a Freebie)

Well... hello December!  When Thanksgiving is late in November, the holiday season comes SOoOOooOO quickly.  The holiday season can be so crazy with parties, shopping, Christmas light adventures, AND keeping little 7 & 8 year olds engaged on their tasks!  Crazy!  As much fun and excitement that comes with the season, it can be also VERY stressful.  So to AVOID feeling stressed and overwhelmed, I am doing my very best to make better decisions.  

A huge stress relief for me ... is working out.  I think it is fun and actually gives you more energy (to do the never ending To-Do list).  Thanks to my friend, Stacey, I started going to a SUPER fun spin class.  I am totally off beat the whole time, but OH WELL... you sweat like crazy and have a blast.  That is a DOUBLE win!

Did I mention that they also play the best music... 
like Adele to Bieber to Fetty Wap ... AMAZING!

Next up:

I know this is a FUN and MAGICAL time of year, but we still have lots of curriculum to get through.  With students being JAZZED up with excitement of the season, it is tough to keep their engagement.  What works best for me is to really keep the routines and procedures consistent.  I sprinkle in some holiday magic with festive clipart on their work, through close reading passages about December/winter fun, and math stations with some holiday theme to them.  I am not Scrooge (haha), but learning is very important.  Check out this engagement happening... :)    

I also get by with a little help from my friends...AKA elves!!

When you have a classroom full of friends WHO love Go Noodle... then it is the PERFECT behavior incentive.  We typically use Go Noodle for quick brain break during our day AND they always want more.  So we will be able to have a Go Noodle dance party ...if we earn 10 elves! 

Elves are definitely your friends during December :) 

Click the image above for your behavior incentive freebie!

Thanks for stopping by!  #staypositive

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