Mind Your Business

Heard of mindful learning? Want to know what brain-based learning really entails? Need to see a brain-compatible classroom in action? Stroll the halls of Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School in Jacksonville, NC, and when you hit the fourth/fifth grade hall, enter the first classroom on your right. Welcome to Mrs. Christian’s Class!  A huge, blue vinyl…

When An OG Has Your Back!

There is a gang of OGs in Trenton, NC.  The members come to the school everyday, and their presence in Pre-K through 2nd grade classrooms speaks volumes, often nonverbally.  These Original Grandmas (OGs) use a series of nonverbal cues to communicate expectations. Just a look, a turn of the hand, or a wink of an eye can…

Student Voices on Classroom Management

We are super excited about this post! Its content confirms what we have always known, and it comes straight from the mouths of babes! BEFORE When we first entered this fourth grade classroom back in the fall of 2015, we were utterly appalled! The class was unruly, disrespectful, and off task. Although we state it mildly, the classroom…