Game-Based Learning: Evaluating Math Games

Calli WrightBlog, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Tech Better

TL;DR: Game-based learning is a great way to engage students in exploring a math concept in a new way. Not all free (or even paid) math games are created with equal care and research. Math games have an incredible opportunity to affect students’ mindsets about math, confidence in their abilities, perseverance, grit, and so much more. However, not all math … Read More

Play and Science Can Fuel a Love of Learning

BreAnn FennellBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Innovate Better, Lesson Plan Better, Manage Better

TL;DR: When planning your schedule, be intentional to include science so students can learn to ask questions to spark thinking, be wrong, and make mistakes. You can find time to teach the standards AND incorporate science. Try new ideas and explore with students. Have a space in your classroom, such as a wonder wall, to place student questions. Model questioning … Read More

Big Fun in the Sun

BreAnn FennellBlog, Connect Better, Engage Better, Manage Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Research has shown that playing outdoors has great benefits for adults and children alike.  Some examples of outdoor play is Giant Jenga, Human Foosball, and simply water! There are huge benefits to outdoor play for adults and children. Research shows that play has cognitive, social, emotional, and physical benefits. Moving play to the outdoors provides different stimuli and interactions … Read More

Choose Your Play for Summer Days

BreAnn FennellBlog, Self Care Better

TL;DR: This summer, step out of your comfort zone and try some new ways to play! This post shares some new ways to choose your play this summer, including CrossFit, yoga, gaming, and art. Summer is finally here this week for our school district. Let me tell you, I need some play! Play looks different for people. I know a … Read More

Picture Perfect: Keep Social Media Use Positive

BreAnn FennellBlog, Connect Better

TL;DR: To make the most out of social media, take care of your time, pause for play, be picky, enjoy the appreciation, and ask for help. Life isn’t picture perfect. Use these strategies to stay positive on social media. In my last post, I dove into the impact social media can have on mental health. In this blog, I am … Read More