The thing that has me fired up the most is I that I finally feel 100% comfortable with Whole Brain Teaching! I had a lot of success with it last year with my 5th and 6th graders as far as classroom management goes, and I am looking forward to seeing how it improves lesson delivery as I finally add in gestures, teach/okay, and the assessment strategies, etc. I know that it is proven to be successful with older students, but it just seems like with 3rd graders it will be a perfect fit.
In addition to having both books, Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids and 122 Amazing Games by Chris Biffle, I am also going through the certification option on the website to make sure I know all of the ins and outs. The first part is the Bronze Certification and it requires you to take quizzes based on the different levels and I've already passed the advanced level!
My 1st goal of the new year is to finish the Bronze Certification before the start of school!