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All in a Day with Ms. Arthur 


All in a Day With

Ms. Arthur's Class 

The greatest sign of success for a teacher...is to be able to say,

                                                                "The children are working as if I did not exist."



Many hours of work have been put into creating a very colorful and enchanting classroom for my students. Studies have shown that children learn and retain information longer when color is used in the educational material presented and in the classroom.

Eighty percent of the brain receives information visually. Color stimulates the visual sense and encourages retention of information. The colors red, orange, and yellow stimulate and increase brain activity. The colors green, blue and violet induce relaxation.

Color inspires creativity and encourages students in coming up with new ideas. The use of color not only assists students in artistic projects, but color also stimulates thinking towards story writing and helps students to evaluate and solve questions.


When students arrive they a will put away their things, and have a few minutes to meet & greet their friends. Next, they are to have a seat and start morning work. Morning snack may be eaten at this time and they may use the restroom if needed.

The first thing I do is take up any notes/money. Next, I am open for telling time. I listen to everything from "Today is my dog's birthday", to "We won our soccer game last night", or "I have a new shirt on today", to "My mom said to tell you ___________", or "My dad wants to know why ________", 

and many times, "My stomach/head hurts".

I believe this is an important time of communication with your child. It gives me some insight into what is going on in your child's mind.

Each day we will have four "Captains". Captains are responsible for making sure    that everyone has the necessary materials to complete each assignment and reporting any problems/questions to the teacher.

They are responsible for making sure the classroom remains neat and organized. They also run errands and generally act as teacher assistants for the day.

One other thing they are responsible for is cafeteria duty during our lunch period. This will entail cleaning up any trash, wiping tables and seats, and sweeping.

I am very strict about how my students clean up after lunch. I try to teach my students life skills that they will need to use as adults. Knowing how to clean and sweep correctly is a good way to teach them to be responsible for doing a job right!

Taking these leadership roles is important for students. It allows students who may never have the initiative to take charge in a group setting, to learn how to communicate, make decisions, determine solutions, and feel important!

Throughout the day we will have "brain breaks". Regular brain breaks enhance attentiveness, concentration, focus and accelerate learning by allowing children to release their energy, anxiety and stress.  Brain breaks also increase circulation, promote physical fitness and coordination. These are some examples of the brain breaks we will be using in our classroom:

‘The Sid Shuffle’ Ice Age Dance Video

Madagascar’s ‘I Like to Move It’ Video

GoNoodle Brain Breaks

When kids get to move at school, things get better.

Not only does student health improve, but academic performance improves, too. In fact, numerous scientific studies have confirmed that the more exercise a student gets, the better his or her grades are likely to be. And that’s not all. In several studies of Mississippi students, more fitness was associated with better behavior and less absenteeism.

Move to Learn Videos are designed to help teachers raise student fitness levels and, in turn, raise student achievement. Click on orange link to view a sample of these videos.

It is important to remember that students also need time to relax. For many students, stress is an everyday part of their lives. Daily schoolwork, exams, and extra curricular activities often cause feelings of stress to build. Most students do not have stress management coping skills needed to alleviate their feelings. Researchers and educators found that music is not only calming to the students, it also facilitates cooperation and helps the students to focus.

These are samples of relaxing videos that we will also use in our brain break times:

Calming Brain Breaks: Airtime

Relaxing Music for Children

Coral Reef Fish