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When I play a Go Noodle brain break for the kiddos, I stay near my computer. I have a clear view of all the dancing kiddos, and it's the few minutes of the day I'm anywhere near my desk. My student R likes to sidle right next to me. If she could, I think she wouldn't mind crawling in one of my pockets!
One day she noticed that I had a poster hanging above my desk with "a lot of Cs." I read them to her: collaboration, creativity, communication, courage (from our building) and critical thinking. We are trying to keep these ideas in mind when planning instruction. I explained that I could show her what these are throughout our day.
During partner work I reminded the students to collaborate.
During math she needed courage to keep trying (math is not her favorite subject).
I asked the students to use their critical thinking skills
When students turned and talked I labeled it communication.
I realized we have been missing creativity in our first grade classroom.
Then Day 120 of school came about. BINGO!
Today we created necklaces of 120 Froot Loops (the classroom smelled so sweet!), kids were able to build creations with our 3D shapes (triangles, hexagons, etc) and a few fantastic 120 hats were glued and stapled.
They were awesome. They were creators. There was minimal off-task behavior.
Yes, I will remind myself to provide more opportunities for kids to use their critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills. I will definitely remember that this class craves time to show their creativity.