Fun Theory Challenge

funtheoryfirstfiveWe hope you enjoyed “The Fun Theory Challenge.” We also hope you are here to submit your Fun Theory ideas. As always, here is your outsourced memory from our September 2014 Circles of Innovation sessions. If you looking to submit your best practice for your First Five, or if you have a Fun Theory Idea you would like to share…

Click here to submit your Fun Theory Idea

If you have no idea what Fun Theory is… Fun Theory is simply the idea that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behavior for the better. Want people to take stairs instead of the escalator? Turn the stairs into a piano! Want people to use hand sanitizer? Have the sanitizer machine talk to them as they walk past! Below you will find the Prezi we used for this month’s session, the videos, our brick & click strategies and some good reads. The Handout to the left, was what we used for our First Five. What are you doing in your First Five minutes of class to engage your students?

The Prezi

The Videos


Brick & Click Strategies


In addition to “The Daily Spark” series below, there are many websites that can help you enhance your First Five 

Wacky Wordies


Brain Bashers

Educational Games to Enhance Classroom Teaching

Looking for another way to challenge students? Consider having them create a TOONDOO to summarize what they are learning.

Good Reads

Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist and Classroom Teacher

Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

A Review of Humor in Educational Settings: Four Decades of Research

The Daily Spark (See below for a list of books currently available in this series)




















List of Books in The Daily Spark Series

Critical Thinking – Critical Writing – Great Books – Journal Writing Warm Up Activities – Math Word Problems – Poetry – Pre-Algebra Warm Up Activities – SAT: English Test Prep – Shakespeare Warm Up Activities – Spelling & Grammar – US History Warm Up Activities – Vocabulary – Writing