August 13, 2016

Top 5 Ways to Grow Vocabulary

Did you know there are 20+ critical vocabulary words that primary students should know before moving on to 3rd grade? There was a time that I didn’t. If you teach primary students, teaching critical vocabulary is important for us to teach starting now. If you teach upper elementary, you’ll know why it’s important to grow vocabulary >>>

August 1, 2016

WBT’s 122 Amazing Games Chapter 5 Book Talk

Coach B (a.k.a Chris Biffle) wrote, “Every Whole Brain classroom is a writing lab.” This is the first sentence that starts Chapter 5 and I couldn’t wait to share it!   “Every Whole Brain classroom   is a writing lab.”–Coach B./Chris Biffle If there is talking, there can be a writing game, no matter the subject: >>>

July 25, 2016

WBT’s 122 Amazing Games Chapter 4 Book Talk

I love how Coach B has included so many variations of Class-Yes, Mirror-Words and Teach-Ok. I know that class will be more interesting this year with all these variations to flip to in this book! My favorite is Wiggly-Woggly, Teach! So funny! The purpose of this chapter is to learn variations that are fun and >>>

July 24, 2016

FREE Editable First Week of School Bulleted Checklist!

FREE Editable First Week of School Bulleted Checklist There was such an amazing response to my last blog post, that I wanted to share a freebie with you! It’s a checklist that is editable for the first week of school. You will need a program that will be able to open the file, which is >>>

July 21, 2016

Bullet Listing Lesson Plans for the First Week of School

Have you heard of bullet listing lesson planning? It saved my sanity, and now my team and I do plans together, during planning time, during the week…hence, I’m not planning by myself on Sunday night anymore! We actually planned our first week of school during the last week of school last year. How do we >>>

July 18, 2016

WBT’s 122 Amazing Games Chapter 3 Book Talk

Welcome to the chapter 3 link up for the Whole Brain Teaching 122 Amazing Games! book. If you didn’t get a chance to read the post for chapters 1 and 2, click here to go there now. I had quite an exciting week in Florida last week! I went to a 2-day teacher conference and >>>

July 17, 2016

WBT’s New Book – 122 Amazing Games Chapters 1 & 2 Book Talk

    I’m linking up with Heidi at Droppin’ Knowledge for a blog talk on the newest Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) book! Have you seen it? Do you have it? You need it!!! Heidi and I are WBT teachers (a.k.a Wibbiteers) and we couldn’t wait to dive into the book together and share it with >>>

July 2, 2016

School’s Out Blog Blowout

      Welcome! I hope you are enjoying this awesome blog hop! I’m Melissa and you can find me just about everywhere either as First Grade Frame of Mind or @1stgradeframeofmind. Thanks for joining me! I am rereading the Whole Brain Teaching book by Chris Biffle, 122 Amazing Games! I wrote some blog posts >>>

June 25, 2016

Dollar Deals FOMO?

It’s that time of year! It’s summer and you start seeing all these marvelous things you need for your classroom! You start feeling FOMO thinking you need to get to that store before they are all gone!   Before you jump in the car, read this.       Wait, I know! You’ve gotta go now! Please, >>>

June 11, 2016

Get Kids to Write Over the Summer Easily with Little Nibbles Every Day!

I recently posted about first grade writing and what is important to be ready for second grade. Writing isn’t always about writing words ten times each or even writing a story. It’s one form of communication that we use. We sign our names on the line to show we are good on our promise. We >>>