So tomorrow is already Wednesday so that’s good.
Last night I had dinner with the parentals because my niece was home from college for Easter weekend. We went to Ruby’s which is one of her favorite places (they make shakes and malts and they are delicious and I am pretty much 100% sure that it was me who introduced her to the chocolate-banana concoction because it is seriously the best shake ever) and I had some nice and well needed family time. 🙂
And, as far as tonight goes, I have some Housewives to catch up on and the very much anticipated True Tori documentary! Tori Spelling is going to tell her side of the story.
Another thing that’s Oh Yeah (how’s that for a segue?) is GoNoodle!
I know I’m not the first person to tell you about this, although I should have been because, honestly, and this is a true tori, but I found Go Noodle months and months ago.
And then I had some technical problems. Issues, if you will. As in, I did not have sound and then when I got sound, the videos were dotty.
So I was confused.
And then I had to teach something hard like regrouping or prefixes or something, and I lost my train of thought and just made up a song or something, and pretended I was a rapper.
After Spring Break, I was out of rapper lyrics and my kids were starting to get a little too big for their britches (this happens every year) and I remembered GoNoodle when I saw Kelley at Teacher Idea Factory talk about it on her blog. And I was like, OH YEAAAAAAH!
So I tried it again and it was a Brain Break Miracle because the sound worked AND nothing was dotty.
GoNoodle is brilliant.
It’s free. It’s fun. The brain breaks are short and sweet and motivating.
You get to choose a class champ.
We voted for Squatchyberger. And instead of
chanting asking me politely for GoNoodle every day after lunch, my kids say, “Squatchyberger!”
Which is funny.
Every time you do an activity, your class champ earns minutes towards the next level.
Once you’ve reached the next level, your champ gets into the Transformogrifier (spelling not known – I do not know – I am making this spelling up because I am not even sure how to pronounce it, but don’t tell my kids) which is like an elevator and it goes up to the next level, and then when your champ comes out, it is BIGGER and STRONGER because we were doing physical activity!!
Well, if we don’t all hoop and holler about that. I tell ya. It’s very exciting.
In fact, because either I am tired after my Jamaican vacation and/or the best teacher in the world, I don’t know, take your pick, we have already MAXED OUT Squatchyberger.
It happened today and I wasn’t expecting that news, but it’s true. We maxed him out. We made it to Level 5 so Squatchyberger might be retired – or maybe he went to Jamaica to rest. (You can actually choose to use the same champ over again, but we are picking a new one.)
We got to print out a Champ Graduation Certificate and everything!!!
Here are some candid shots of us in action: