Monday, September 7, 2015

Objectives Made Easy

As the weekend winds down over here I wanted to show you one way I prep for the start of a new week. Part of my planning includes printing out my new weekly objectives!

Editable Objective signs. Type and display in the classroom!

 I created an editable objectives template for each subject. Tonight I looked at my plans for the week and typed these up real quick to take with me to school tomorrow. Print & go is definitely my style!! 

At school I display them on my white board using page protectors and sticky clips.

This makes it super simple to swap them out each week!

Side note: I'm thinking about moving these from the white board to a bulletin board this year, which will mean using staples instead of stikki clips for the page protectors.


 Me: "Hocus Pocus..."

My Whole Class: "What's Our Focus!!!"

That's what you will hear when it's time to read one of our weekly objectives!

It's amazing what those two little magic words can do to get kids excited about something like objectives! I like to call a student helper to point to the objectives with a special pointer as we read them all together.

Writing these in kid friendly language and making them interactive doesn't make me feel like I am wasting precious wall/board space, one of my pet peeves! We also refer back to them during our lessons. 

You can check them out HERE or by clicking the image above to see more. 

That's it! One more things off my ever growing to-do list!! Now I'm going to curl up on the couch and do a little Netflix-ing to end this glorious 3-day weekend. Hope y'all are doing the same. :)

Saturday, September 5, 2015

How We Get Down With GoNoodle

Let's talk GoNoodle!! I first found out about the amazing-ness that it is two years ago and it's been a staple in my classroom ever since.  Read on to see how I use GoNoodle in my classroom AND enter for your chance to win your very own Champ T-Shirt!!

My group this year is already head over heels for GoNoodle!! I introduced the expectations for how to GoNoodle along with all of our other important routines like lining up in the hall and how to use the bathroom. Why? Because GoNoodle is one of our daily routines!

{GoNoodle-ing on the first day of school..zap it zap it make it happen!! }

So much so that I begin teaching the procedures below on day one! I can't even tell you how impressed I am at the way my class follows these four simple rules in just two weeks time. I don't even have to tell them to sit down after each GoNoodle. They do it automatically! 

I use GoNoodle to serve three purposes in my classroom...

I'm very careful not to only use GoNoodle as a reward for good behavior because it's not just something we do for fun. Brain breaks make such a huge impact on the amount of learning that happens each day. Two years ago I shared how our GoNoodle brain breaks helped transform my afternoons. The number we do each day is ultimately flexible depending on how our day is going and the overall needs for one. But to give you an idea, after the first few weeks (once our stamina has grown) these are the times you are likely to see them happening.

The afternoons are pretty long in our class. Brain breaks make for nice transitions. 

I have a tally system on my white board with smiley faces and frowny faces. If at the end of the day the kids have more tallies under the smiley face than the frowny face they earn a "Just for FUN" GoNoodle! This is also a time when we'll try new GoNoodles.

Last year, we were lucky enough to have Koo Koo Kangroo perform at our school as part of their West Coast School Tour!! As a result, we are perhaps just a little bit biased when I say they are our FAVORITES!!! :) My kids beg to do Koo Koo videos. They would Pop See Ko til the cows came home if I let them!

In the Spring I traveled to Nashville along with some blog friends to meet-up with the GoNoodle team on their home turf. While we were there I learned about GoNoodle PLUS. It includes 16 additional games, and the cool things is, they all incorporate academic content! I wanted to share one detail of what you can do on this end of the site because prior to the trip I had no clue myself. 

{Rocking the Champ T-Shirts....enter to win yours at the end of this post!!}

I can create & save my own questions to use with each game OR I can pick from pre-loaded content that comes with each game by grade level and skill. I can also select the length for each game. 

If you want to check out all of the PLUS features for yourself you can scroll to the bottom of your dashboard and sign up for a 15 Day Trial. 

Do you GoNoodle yet?! If not, you need to sign up... right now!!! It's FREE. 

Alright, it's time to talk GoNoodle Swag!! I'm giving away a Champ T-Shirt!!!
This shirt makes many a Friday appearance at school. 

Use the Raffelcopter below to get yourself entered. It's short and sweet!!

You can also save 15% off ALL the goods in the GoNoodle Shop
Sept 5-11th using the special code: BTSwithGoNoodle

Happy GoNoodle-ing!!! 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Teacher Week: Make Ahead Meals

Ok so I'm going to keep it very real here and let you know that I do almost none of the cooking around these parts. Sure there are a few meals I can put together, but it's just not something I enjoy doing. Now eating, that's a whole different story. I LOVE the eating part!!! The planning and prepping, not so much. So that being said, Mr. Stewart gets all the glory for this post!!


In researching some healthy eats for us he came across some blog posts about mason jar salads. He preps them in batches on Sundays and we take them to work during the week. If you'd like to whip these up yourself his first important tip is:

Put the dressing in first so that the leaves don't get wet. Your greens will always be the last thing you put in on top.

You can really fill the middle with just about anything you'd like, but he gave me a list of suggestions to share with y'all below.


  • Red or green peppers, tomatoes, celery, carrots, cabbage
  • Quinoa or Orzo  (They make the salad more filling.)
  • Chicken or Turkey meat
  • Macadamia nuts or Walnuts
  • Goat cheese
  • Apples with lemon squeezed on top (It keeps them fresh!)
  • Grapes
Shake the jar before eating to spread your dressing and you're good to go! 

 Now please, do me a favor and head over to Blog Hoppin' to link up your best make ahead meals so that I can pass them along to my sweet husband. ;)