Whole Brain Teaching

Are you looking for something new to spice up your teaching? Are you getting tired of using the same strategies year after year to get your students attention? Do you ever sound like this…

1,2,3… eyes on me!

If you can hear me clap your hands once… twice… three times!

Hands on your head, touch your ears, wiggle your ears…

I know I am guilty of using all of the above on any given day. Perhaps that is what has drawn me in to Whole Brain Teaching. For the past month or two I have heard the words “Brain Breaks” and Whole Brain Teaching. However, I’ve never really taken the time to look further into what they really mean. Well, that was not the case today. Today I came across the following video that just captivated my attention. Take a look and see what I mean…

Coach B in the video is actually the creator of Power Teaching, otherwise known as Whole Brain Teaching. His name is Chris Biffle and I think he is AMAZING! I can see how incorporating WBT in the classroom can keep students engaged and motivated. Especially our kinesthetic learners or students having difficulty focusing. Here is another video I loved watching…

I wish my teachers new about WBT when I was a student. It seems like a lot fun… not only for the students, but for the teacher as well!

Have you ever used WBT in your classroom? Or are you like I was up until today… you’ve heard of WBT, but haven’t given it much thought?

I have decided to try WBT in my classroom this year and will keep you all updated on my progress. If you are currently using this in your classroom I would LOVE any words of advice or tips that you’ve learned along the way. If you’re also a WBT Newbie like me let me know and perhaps we can support each other :0) Here’s a FREEBIE I found posted on Pinterest by Christie from First Grade Fever! She was lucky enough to attend a WBT workshop. Boy am I jealous… If you like her posters please visit her site and let her know how fabulous they are. I can’t wait to print them out and use them in my classroom! If you don’t feel you’re ready to try something new just yet, how about a few ideas for Attention Grabbers from Run! Miss Nelson’s Got The Camera! Simply click on the link to download the chart for FREE!     Or  Pinned Image Unfortunately, I found this list on Pinterest and it does not say who created it. If you know who made this poster please let me know so that I can give the proper credit. Thanks… now LET’S TEACH! OKAY :0) XOXO, Melissa Signature

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    September 3, 2012 at 4:40 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE WBT! I use it every year and every year I change it and get better about keeping my kids' attention. It makes teaching so much fun and when the kids laugh and giggle they are learning too. Another great part about WBT is that the kids don't get out of control when they are having this type of fun. You are moving to quickly, introducing new ideas and concepts and they follow write along with you. Good luck with it this year! I can't wait to see how it goes!


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    September 4, 2012 at 3:17 am

    Make sure you focus on the Core 4 techniques to start with: Class-Yes!, Teach-OK!, Mirror!, and Scoreboard. Once they have these you can use the Core 4 to literally teach anything.

    Ask if you need any help. See you on the forums.

    Jeff Battle
    Whole Brain Teacher/Trainer
    Executive Board Member

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    Melissa Yalesias
    September 6, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Thanks for the tips! So far I've introduced Class Yes, Mirror, and scoreboard. Must admit that it's been fun!
    ;0) Melissa

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    Cristina Decardenas
    September 7, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Meeeeeeellllllllllllllll….I love it!!!! I think this is what I need!!! I am going to start on MONDAY! Thanks so much for introducing it to me on your blog and talking to me about it at work. This might be a life saver! ;o)

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    Jennie Wommack
    April 2, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    That is the coolest idea I have seen yet. Thank you for sharing that information!!

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