Brain Power: Brain Power

 
 
 
Brain Power
Students In Action
 
 
Students In Action
 
 
 
Academic Culture

Brain Power

Brain Power is a strategy my students and I use to promote a classroom culture of risk-taking, resilience, and collaboration. Early in the year, I teach my students to wiggle their fingers towards their peers who are thinking of an answer or trying to correct an incorrect response. This strategy creates wait time and encourages my students to continue their thinking process without giving up.

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Students In Action
 
 
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This is a list of some other movements that we utilize in class to build joy and success in our room.
 
Students In Action
 
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
This is a list of some other movements that we utilize in class to build joy and success in our room.
Daniel Utset-Guerrero
Holmes Elementary School
Miami, FL


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Quick
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Fifth grade
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