Tara Brown is a must see presenter when attending a conference. Her messages about teaching and reaching middle school students are dead on. For me, one of her most memorable messages is that we need to be Dopamine Dispensers in the classroom.
If you have ever spent any time in a middle school during the last week of the quarter, you’ve noticed that the students’ stress-level is elevated. I’ve decided to consciously plan for dispensing Dopamine this week. Here are a few ways I am combating student-stress:
Music – I start the music before the students enter the room, and I leave it running as they work on their Do Now. (We even snuck in a twenty second dance party during last period.)
Kahoot – We have two quizzes this week. To help students study, we are Kahooting. If you aren’t Kahooting yet, you need to check it out!
Laughing Babies – I played a laughing babies Youtube video while the kids were getting set up for an activity. It didn’t take any extra time, and we were all laughing as we worked.
All of these were easily integrated into my lessons, and the students loved them. They appreciated the chance to relax and be kids. Rather than be distracted by their stress, they were ready to learn.
Here is a link to Tara’s website. Check it out.