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7 Stupendous Back-to-School DAZE Resources

Printable by Donna Sawyer

It is back-to-school time for you, so hit the ground running with 7 power-packed online resources for EVERYTHING you need to get learning in gear. Grab this one-page quick reference for quick links to hilarious group games that break the ice, 101 things you can do the first three weeks of class, 8 ways to save money on classroom supplies, and TONS more! Crack open this PODL today!

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ANT Eater

Printable by Donna Sawyer

ANTs, or Automatic Negative Thoughts, can invade your brain and cause you to believe things that aren't true about yourself. Discover which species of ANTS you have and learn how to get rid of them.

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Brainy Spray Paint

Printable by Donna Sawyer

What happens every time you have a thought? Your brain sprays powerful chemicals that set off a chain reaction. Learn more about this reaction, and then master a special technique to take control of stressful thoughts.

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Fear in School

Audio by Quote by John Holt | Narration by Louise Gomedella

Louise Gomedella, a retired North Carolina elementary school teacher, narrates a powerful quote about fear from John Holt's book, How Children Fail. "Interestingly, it appears that of all the emotions, the brain devotes the most space and energy to fear." (Schaffhausen, 2005) Neuroimaging scans demonstrate that under stressful conditions information is blocked from entering the brain's areas of higher cognitive memory consolidation and storage. (Willis, 2007)

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Fight or Flight: Feel Like Running Away?

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Do you have a student that gets so upset that he or she tries to run away? Help kids who are suffering from anxiety learn a coping strategy that literally activates the vagus nerve, triggering a cascade of calming effects to nearly all the organs in the chest and abdomen.

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Myelin Miracle Grow: Your Brain is a Muscle That Can Be Made Stronger

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Your brain is a muscle that can be made stronger. It continues developing into your mid-twenties, and it has enormous plasticity, or the ability to change. It is too bad so many people believe they are "stuck" with being only so smart. Your intelligence is NOT set in stone. You can do several things to boost brain power and improve your learning potential. Let's start with a few simple changes you can make today.

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Teachley's Amazing Talking Brain

Interactive by Content: Donna Sawyer, Artist: Judy Monroe

What if you could hear your students' brains talk? What would they say? Find out with Teachley's Amazing Talking Brain. Simply roll over a thought balloon to learn powerful strategies from the field of brain research.

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The EZ Button: Take the DIS Out of Discipline

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This simple three-step framework takes the stress out of discipline while providing a consistent response which gives the adult time to cool down, gather information from a professional database, and then assemble an effective plan to address the misbehavior. Step #3 links you to a free online database with step-by-step directions for handling over 120 misbehaviors. Kiss classroom management worries goodbye!

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The Memory Power Switch: 16 Strategies to Know

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Your brain is a powerful learning tool, but it requires some effort to hang on to information in short-term memory, and then a bit more effort to move it into long-term memory. Power up your memory by learning sixteen strategies and mnemonic devices.

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The Stew Pot

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Based on Dr. Marzano's explanation of "bracketing," this simple idea helps kids set aside distracting or troubling thoughts in order to focus on learning.

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The Trouble Terminator

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This digital robot chomps up troubles to help kids deal with issues that are typically too sensitive or too embarrassing to discuss with a trusted adult.

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The Write Moods Pencils

Printable by Donna Sawyer; Artwork: Judy Monroe

Help students to become aware of and manage volatile emotions with The Write Moods Pencils. Since learning potential is diminished when emotions are running hot, consider a variety of uses for this PODL: word processing activities, journaling, in-school suspension, conflict resolution, and more!

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Use Table Totem Poles for Multiple Exposures to Details

Printable by Donna Sawyer

According to the research by Marzano, Pickering, and Pollock in their book, Classroom Instruction that Works, students should have systematic, multiple exposures to details at a deep enough level to understand and recall them. Students must be exposed to details at least three or four times within a two-day span before anyone can legitimately expect them to remember those details or use them in any meaningful way. Use Table Totem Poles to scaffold this process through small group work that sparks loads of laughter and learning.

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Your Brain and Sleep

Printable by Donna Sawyer

With new technologies, scientists can now measure the impact of only one lost hour of sleep. It's time to get the facts on sleep deprivation, because you are losing a lot more than sleep. Crack open this PODL and learn what happens to your brain when it doesn't get enough sleep.