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Friday, February 24, 2012

Whole Brain Teaching

I've been on vacation this week and, like nearly every teacher I know, I have spent the past 7 days learning, reading, blog-hopping, pinning, planning, copying, laminating, and cutting.  Well, that and watching ridiculous television shows like Jerseylicious and Real Housewives of Wherever.  While pinning one evening, I came across this video:

I had not heard of Whole Brain Teaching before, but I was superficially introduced to Chris Biffle's "Class-Yes" technique by my superintendent.  As a new teacher, I am still trying to find classroom management routines that work for me.  We use Rick Morris' classroom sign language, music transitions, a behavior star chart, and few attention-getters.  After watching this video I was really excited.  I love how the kids are "teaching" each other and are super engaged.  After doing A LOT of reading (FREE on the website!) and watching many YouTube videos, I have decided that I am going to give a few of these techniques a try.  We'll be starting out slow with "Class-Yes," "The Five Rules," and "Teach-OK."

Have you heard of Whole Brain Teaching? Do you do anything similar?

If you are interested, there is a live webcast that you can receive Online Professional Development Credit with a seminar on WBT's student motivator "The Hidden Powers of the Scoreboard!" Tuesday, February 28th 5 PM Western, 6 PM Mountain, 7 PM Central, 8 PM Eastern.


  1. Wow that was a great video! I am not familiar with the program- but keep us posted on how it works in your classroom!

  2. I have tried some of the Whole Brain Teaching methods in my room this year. I use the "Class-Yes" but I also use some of my "old" attention gaining methods as well. I love the class rules. My kids knew them by Day 2. It is great to be able to make a hand signal with one hand directed at a student who is calling out without losing eye contact with the student who is trying to talk to the class.
    I have tried the speed reading. It was very hard the first time but they do get better.
    I'll be interested to hear how you find it with your class.

    The Learning Curve

  3. Thanks for following my blog!! I returned the favor! I hope you had a great weekend!

  4. Hi Dani
    Great blog, I am your newest follower. We haven't done a whole lot with the whole brain teaching but I sure am interested in it. Come on over and visit me sometime...I teach first grade.
    Traditions Laughter and Happily Ever After

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  6. Just found your blog and I am your newest follower! I recently discovered whole brain teaching at the beginning of this school year and it is AMAZING!!! My kids LOVE it, and people are always amazed when they come into my room at how quickly the students respond and at how on task they are. Looking forward to future posts and hearing more about your journey with WBT :)