|Brain Booster Box from Hello Mrs Sykes|
|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 know that if a buzzer is pushed when it is not supposed to be pushed (like when I'm talking!) the buzzer is automatically returned to the teacher. The group who lost their buzzer still participates, but they have to "chime in" using their voice instead of a buzzer. Since I make them "chime in" as roosters, pigs, cows, and other barnyard animals... I think they prefer the buzzers!
|Inside the Brain Booster Box - Question Cards and Task Cards - Some content specific|
At the beginning of the year, I explain that the Brain Booster Box is a special occasion, not for every day. We practice using it for some open-ended topics (things that fit in your pockets, objects that are about the same size as a loaf of bread, etc.) Throughout the year, we grab the box when we are waiting for the guidance counselor, the lunch line is running behind, or a special guest is running a bit late.
When my colleagues are running late or need a minute, I grab their class and add them to mine for 15 minutes or so. It is truly tempting to flip on a video... however, I find that classroom management is easier with the Brain Boosters Box because of positive peer pressure. My kiddos are always quick to warn the others: "Don't push the button when you aren't supposed to, or we'll have to cluck like chickens!"
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