Friday, September 9, 2016

The Breakfast Club

While the movie might bring up thoughts of Saturday detention, running around school or dancing in the library, Goodrich’s very own Breakfast Club is far from this.

In fact, it is a group of students in first through third grade who, between 8:00 and 8:25, spend their time eating, laughing, learning and socializing before the school day begins. It helps to start the day off on the right foot and we even learn a few things along the way.

Today, we worked to brainstorm ideas for our strong brain vs. weak brain bulletin board. We needed to come up with thoughts for what a weak brain might say and also what a strong brain might say and hang them up as reminders for the rest of the year. Today, we only focused on what a weak brain might say and on Monday we will focus on the bigger and better strong brain.

In order to brainstorm, we used two cooperative learning structures called jot thoughts and round robin. Students took turns, during round robin, naming ideas of what a weak brain might say. We wrote them down as we went along and then added them to the jot thoughts box in the center of the table. Our goal was to fill the box with ideas, and we did!

Below is a picture of students participating in the brainstorming process and also of the final bulletin board with all of their great ideas!

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