Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers!
Kids (and teachers) sometimes arrive in class with “foggy brains.”
Not enough sleep the night before perhaps, or a low or no protein breakfast are the culprits, or…you name it…dozens of demands at home can drain energy and cause foggy brains.
What to do?
Start school days in brain boosting ways!
Lead by example. Tell kids when your own brain feels a bit “foggy.” Quickly add that you’re glad that you have Brain Boosters at hand.
Ask if anyone’s brain feels a bit “foggy.”
Announce to your students that for the days ahead, they need to come to class ready to play Brain Boosters…call them Brain Boosting Games…to become focused and on task in class.
Brain Boosting Games (BBGs) are quick ways to start school days. They have to be quick to fit into busy class schedules.
Try this BBG…
Play Who Am I? - Kids love guessing games.
When you’re about to head into your first lesson of the day, ask for everyone’s attention, and secure it by holding up a sheet of brightly colored paper, like a piece of red card stock, quick as a flash.
Tell the class that behind this sheet is a picture and a poem. The poem’s title: Who Am I?
Explain that you need students to listen carefully as you read the poem and guess the answer the poem reveals behind the bright blank sheet.
A free-verse poem titled, Who Am I (about a puppy), like the one shown above, might read like this…
I am cute and cuddly, soft and loving,
With big eyes and a cold, wet nose.
I may be blonde, white, black or brown,
With short or long ears and tail.
I am fluffy, sweet, playful too; maybe big; maybe small.
Yes! I like to chase cats, but sometimes they scare me.
I am an animal; who am I?
How else can you start school days in brain boosting ways?
Try these BBGs… (more…)