Thursday, July 10, 2014

You Say PoTAYto, I Say PoTAHto


As of now, we are POTATO crazy!!! For the past couple of years, we have used potato heads as incentives and motivators in our classrooms.  Now, we have a REAL use for them!!!!

This summer, we attended the National Whole Brain Teaching Conference in Pineville, Louisiana. It was an experience we won't soon forget!  Three other teachers were crazy enough to go with us, and we had an absolute BLAST!!!!  We have be dabbling in Whole Brain concepts, but have never jumped in with both feet.

At the conference, we were lit on fire for the Whole Brain Teaching class style!! We were affirmed in the concepts we were already using, and challenged to put into practice many new strategies!  One of the new ideas we are bringing home with us is the "Super Improvers Wall." It replaces the clip chart and instead, focuses on improvements students make in academics, character, and behavior.  You can check all of the amazing WBT strategies out here: http://www.wholebrainteaching.com/

Here is a group shot with the man himself- Chris Biffle!

We were challenged by our WBT instructor to create a fun Super Improvers theme for our own classroom.  Well, we repurposed our use of the potatoes and have designed a "Potato Peeps" theme! 

 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Super-Improvers-Wall-and-Class-Rules-Freebie-Potato-Head-Theme-1317408

All this tater talk has made us hungry... Off to grab some French Fried Taters!!!!!

25 comments :

  1. I just got the WBT book in the spring and started on some of the strategies and am looking forward to implementing more this upcoming school year. Off to check out your pack. :)

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    1. Lorena, we hope that you are able to use the pack!!! We would love to keep up with you during your journey into WBT!!! Keep us updated and please let us know if we can be of any help!!!!!

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  2. Does each child get a potato head? I downloaded your pack and I'm trying to make it work for my classroom. We only have two potato heads.

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    1. Lisa,
      We are so excited to hear that you are interested in using the Super Improvers Potatoes!! One way to implement this would be to give each student a potato. But, if you do not have enough for your whole class, we included a color sheet for each student to color in the pieces as they earn them. If you would prefer to have all the pieces individually for students to cut out and assemble as they earn, we can send that to you! Please let us know if there is another way we can help!!!

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    2. Could you email me the separate pieces? I love that idea! Thanks so much, I can't wait to use this! lisamorgandrake@gmail.com

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    3. Lisa, your pieces are on the way! Let us know if we can do anything else! Have fun!

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    4. I have the same problem (only two potato heads in my classroom), and I would love to try this using the separate pieces. I know this was posted a year ago, but I would love to try it! Could you send them to me in an email as well? daniellecardnell@gmail.com Thanks!

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    5. Danielle,
      We just sent you an email with the pieces! We hope they work for you!
      Thank you so much!
      Ashley and Brooklynn

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  3. I would love the separate pieces as well. I love this theme and hope to implement the improvers wall this up coming school year. liza.goldman@gmail.com thank you

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    1. Liza,
      We just sent you the document!!! If you need anything else, just let us know!!! Thanks!
      Ashley and Brooklynn

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  4. I love this idea! Could you please email me the individual pieces as well!
    amyx1898@gmail.com

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    1. Caitlin,
      The pieces are on the way! We hope this is helpful in your classroom!
      Thanks,
      Ashley and Brooklynn

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  6. I discovered WBT this past spring, implemented the first pieces right away but unfortunately I am not able, this summer to attend their conference. However, I am planning on pushing myself a bit this year by trying a super improver wall. I have been scouring local tag sales for more Potato Heads but unfortunately I don't yet have enough for my whole class. Can you share your individual pieces with me and my kiddos?

    Thanks for being so extraordinary!
    Megan
    mstpierre@branfordschools.org

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    1. Megan, we hope you are loving WBT! It works wonders for our kiddos!!! We just sent you the individual pieces! We hope they work well for your class!
      Ashley and Brooklynn

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  7. I think this is a great alternative to the different colored levels. I was having a hard time trying to figure out how I was going to find that many different pieces of paper. I would also like a copy of the individual pieces if you are still sending them out.

    mbruni@lcscmail.com Thanks!

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    1. Thanks so much, Meagan! We just sent you the pieces! Let us know how they work out for you in your classroom!
      :)
      Ashley and Brooklynn

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  8. I am excited to try this next year. I am getting rid of the clip chart as it became more problematic than I could imagine. Could I please get the individual pieces as well? Thanks!
    P.S. I love your Bulletin Board. Do you have the title and numbers available as well? Thanks So Much!
    smoore@phm.k12.in.us

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    2. Thanks so much for your interest, Susan!!! We just emailed you the individual pieces! Let us know how this works out for you next year! We hope your kiddos love it!!!!!
      Ashley and Brooklynn

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  10. Can you please email me the pieces? I would love to use them in my class this year! Thanks! rachaelgreist@gmail.com

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  11. This is great. I would love to see the individual pieces, as well. Could you send them to me or share them on google drive? brittney.sweeney@warren.kyschools.us

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  12. I bought you Potato Pack on TPT but I would like the individual pieces please. My email is tanya.nelson@crockettschools.net

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  13. Hi! This packet is awesome! I am mentoring a first year teacher and we've been working on implementing components of WBT into her classroom. Could I please get the individual pieces as well?
    Thanks so much!! Kim
    kdewulf@marion-isd.org

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