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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Brainy Matters 2

I am still waiting on the logo for this item but the rest of it is done! YES!! I uploaded it to TpT but that is where the trouble began. I tried to go in and edit the old version and replace it with a new version as it has been downloaded 17 times! I am shocked that so many people have visited little ole me and my stolen idea from Mr. B.

Any who... according to TpT I am suppose to be able to change this. Well.. I can't. It keeps asking me to select a category only it won't let me select a category and it won't let me buy pass selecting one. Grrr! I tried in Google Chrome, I tried in Firefox. I tried in Internet Explorer and then I got out my iPad. No, it does not work on an iPad or an iPhone or an Android. I think we may have too many electronic gadgets around here but that is a post for another day.


So what I ended up doing was creating a whole new product... Brainy Matters. Sigh... I guess I will just delete the old one. The new document is now 8 pages long! What will you find.....

2 pages of how I tweaked this to fit me and a few stolen borrowed words from Mr. B explaining what a brain book is.
2 pages of the parent letter which you all saw in the original document.
1 page of title page. The outside one I am still waiting on the logo for.
1 page of template example
1 page of achievement map and grade scale
1 page of monthly goals.

Yep - I am a big picture kinda girl so that means I added a monthly calendar and goals to my brain book. It is kind of my own unique twist on a planner and brain book combo. I like having the calendar there to remind parents and students of tests and holidays but I do not want it to be the main focus. That is the heart of the brain book - the students reflections and educational journey throughout the year.

Just imagine what you will have at the end of the year! The student will have documented every education moment. He/she will have written in his/her own words the knowledge and skills they have gained. They will have set goals and accomplished them! They will learn to take responsibility for their own education. They will be independent learners and will be ready for the middle and high school classes in their futures!

And if the curriculum cops ever wonder what happens in your class, what students are or are not learning, and why the are or are not achieving the goals they wish... you have proof in the students own words. I love the fact that this takes one piece of documentation off of my desk and onto theirs!

I aligned it with the Common Core Standards for Grades 3-5. =) The Brain Book is truly a marvelous invention. It does so much work in one nice neat little package. So long planners! It was nice knowing you but you do not offer enough benefits to keep you hanging around. Hello my beautiful brainy books. Have I told you that I love you yet today?

I hope you all enjoy. I hope it makes sense and the formatting came out right (finally!).

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