Showing posts from July, 2014

Brain Booster Box Bright Idea!

The Brain Booster Box is one of my fave Bright Ideas so far!  The Brain Booster Box is my lifesaver.  It's a glittery treasure box I received from Highlights magazine ages ago, with a few special additions, and a perfect way to begin the school year. Brain Booster Box from Hello Mrs Sykes  First, I add some open-ended question cards, task cards, or questions I like from "I Have.. Who Has...?" games.  At the beginning of the year, these are open ended questions.  (Items that can fit in your pocket; Ways to create the number 42; Games that use a ball; etc.)  There is no winner/loser, and students don't mind because they get to use these babies...  Fun Buzzers!! Fun Buzzers Keep Everyone Interested I am so protective of the buzzers (which make different sounds - one is a doorbell, one is a spring-type "boing," etc.)  They also came from Highlights.  Now for the frowny-face part: when the materials are misused.  From the beginning, I make sure they kn

Teachers Pay Teachers (Vegas Baby!) Conference in Pictures

My family joined forces and sent me to the first ever Teacher Pay Teachers Conference in Las Vegas!  I had an amazing time, and had a goofy grin on my face all. the. time.  For real.  Since I just learned how to do the photo collage thing, I'll share those first... Here's a huge batch of photos...  Enjoy, and I hope to see you next year! Yep - just tons of photos...  I can't really talk about it coherently yet, except to say that it was life-changing for me.  I met a ton of people who I collaborated with, and was in shock that a few people already knew me from my little blog.  It was an honor to meet you all, ladies (and gentlemen!)