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Whole Brain Teaching
Transcript of Whole Brain Teaching
Does your classroom ever feel like this...?
What is Whole Brain Teaching?
WBT is a system of classroom management and teaching techniques that seek to make connections between the right and left side of the brain.
The Whole Brain Teaching system uses seven daily instruction tecniques.
Whole Brain teaching is a research based techniques that uses chants, repetition, movements and gestures that keeps the student interacting with the lesson.
-Interacting positively with their Peers
-Participating in orderly fun
Wouldn't you rather have a class like this...
Why use Whole Brain Teaching?
"If the child's whole brain is engaged in learning, there isn't any mental space left over for challenging behavior.
The Attention Getter
However teacher says "Class". Students reply with "Yes" with their hands folded.
When students are on task make a Smiley Point. Then point to them; they clap and say "Oh, Yeah!". When students are off task, mark a frowny point. Then point to them; they lift their shoulders and say "Aw, Man".
Hands and Eyes
Hands and Eyes focuses the class when an important point needs to be shared.
We will be reviewing 6 techniques. These tecniques can be implemented immediately and work in any K-12 classroom.
** As we review the "Big Six" notice how they incorporate student involvement, movement and engagement.
Teacher: When I say Class! You say Yes! Class!
Teacher: However I say Class you say yes! Class! Class!
Student: Yes! Yes!
Teacher: Classity, Class!
Student: Yessity, Yes!
The Brain Craves Novelty...
You can switch up Class Yes with different variations.
*Pitch: High or Low
*Speed: Fast or slow
*Gestures: Wave hands in the air
*Concepts:"Class 7x3" "Yes 21"
"Class Capital of North Carolina"
* Pick a class leader to shout out class when given a signal
How many variations of Class-Yes can you brain storm?
Practice makes permanent!
*It is a good idea to start off each morning with practicing the classroom rules.
*Once students become familiar with the routines, you can pick a classroom leader to lead the class.
How can you customize these rules for Thales?
*We start off every morning with
"practicing" the 4 B's of Thales.
*We start off every reading class with "Practicing" our reading rules.
Plus or Minus 3 Rule
*YOU are in control
Rewards: Start off Small in the beginning:
*1 minute free talk
As the year progresses increase the reward:
*Team building activity
*1 minute dance party
*1 less homework problem
*Saving up minutes for a bigger reward.
What small, free, and quick rewards can you brain storm?
Change it up with the interests of your students!
Teacher: "Hands and Eyes"
Student: "Hands and Eyes" with hands folded and eyes on the teacher.
This should be a very fast transition. Use the scoreboard to reinforce speed.
Super Improver Team
*The Super Improver Team is a way for students to work on personal goals.
Ways students can improve:
Think of a race....
Two students have a foot race. The faster student wins and gets an "A". The slower student loses and gets an "F". Everyday they have the same race. Everyday the result is the same.
After a while, the faster student loafs, and the slower student quits. Of course! The grading system is unfair and doesn't motivate either kid!
A teacher creates a new race. Now, the fast student only gets an "A" when she beats her previous best time. Same for the slower student. Now each student always runs as hard as possible!
Setting up the Super Improver Wall:
The only fair race is the one you run against yourself.
Each student has a colored card with their name. Students earn stamps when they improve. Once they reach 10, they move up a level and the color of their card changes.
*Fluency Check Outs
*Timed Math Facts
*Improving Test Percentages
*Shout out nomination raffles
*Meeting class academic and behavior goals
How do students celebrate their improvements?
Similar to the scoreboard, the celebrations should start off small and be FREE!
Anticipation is key. Make a huge deal of moving up a level and keep the celebrations a secret.
Example of Level Up celebrations:
Whiz Kid: Class Cheer
Team Captain: Certificate to bring home
M.V.K: A picture with thier friends. Print picture out but tape it facing the wall.
Team Leader: Turn picture around
Specialist: Homework pass
Pro: Name on class website
Superstar: Sign the book
Genius: Make a page in scrapbook
Everything is free!
Teachers Pay Teachers for free Super improver wall templates
Youtube for videos of WBT in action
Students: Papers, Papers, Papers
Teacher: Page 24
Student: Page 24, Page 24, Page 24
As a review...This video shows the scoreboard, hands and eyes, class class, and mirror with words