Monday, July 2, 2012

What in the World is Whole Brain Teaching?


I am in love.  I have been reading a lot lately about Whole Brain Teaching and have fallen head over heels in love with it.  I am no expert yet, but I have read many blog posts, ebooks, and their website and hope to be an expert soon! Whole Brain Teaching ebooks are absolutely free.  If you’re not familiar with Whole Brain Teaching, here is a little bit about it.
There are 5 classroom rules and each one has gestures to accompany them.  As with any set of rules, repetition is the key. 

1.  Follow directions quickly. (the gesture: make your hand shoot forward like a fish)

2.  Raise your hand and ask for permission to speak. (the gesture: raise your hand, then pull it down next to your head and make a talking motion.)

3.  Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat.  (the gesture: raise your and, and then make a little walking figure with your index and middle finger.)

4.  Make smart choices.  (the gesture: tap one finger to your temple as you say each word.)

5.  Keep your dear teacher happy.  (the gesture: hold up each thumb and index finger out like an “L” framing your face; bob your head back and forth with each word and smile really big!)

<---See it in action!

The following information was taken directly from the WBT website, because they explained it so well, I found no need to paraphrase.-

In elementary school, rehearse the rules first thing in the morning, after lunch and after each recess. When you call out the rule number, your students respond with the rule itself and the correct gesture. Make the rehearsals as entertaining as possible; use a variety of voices (happy, robot, froggy) and tempos, fast, slow, super fast. For additional fun, ask of your liveliest students to lead the rules rehearsal.

Rule Two will be the most commonly violated, duh. You do not have to call anyone down; you do not have to mention names. If you are addressing the class and some kids are talking, you stop, hold up two fingers and loudly say “RULE TWO!”

Every kid in your class should repeat rule two energetically with gestures. This signals the violators to stop talking ... without you needing to scold them.

Rule Five is nuclear power. Think about it- keep your dear teacher happy. THERE IS NO LOOPHOLE! No student can convince you that they are making you happy. You are the world's greatest authority on what makes you happy. If they try to convince you they are making you happy, immediately inform them that does not make you happy.

If a student complains that they don’t know how to make you happy, tell them that following the first four rules will be just dandy.

Rule Five has no loophole.

If parents ask why their child should worry about making you happy, respond that you have the responsibility to teach their child and every other child in that class. The happier you are, the better you can do your job.

Now, let's think briefly, about how these five classroom rules relate to brain structure.  The brain learns in five ways, by seeing, saying, hearing, doing and feeling.  When you teach the rules with the Whole Brain signs, your students' brains are maximally operative.  They see the signs, hear the rules, say the rules and make the gestures.  If you are upbeat and entertaining in your presentation, and of course you are!, your students will also have the lovely feeling of having fun.  Also note that for all five modes of brain learning to take place for your students, you have to engage in all five modes yourself.  Whole Brain Teaching is as great for the instructor's brain as the students'!

WBT has some steps that are used for classroom management.  These are called “First Steps”.  They are Mirror, Hands and Eyes, Switch, Teach-Okay, Class-Yes, and Scoreboard.  Click HERE for the link to this information.
I created a pdf with the 5 rules and signs for several of the methods for classroom management.  These can be used when teaching the class how to respond.  Click the picture to download the file.WholeBrainTeachingRules
You can keep with with my WBT experience through the tab at the top of my blog!  

37 comments:

  1. You have been busy making lots of cute things!! I love those WBT rules!! Thanks for sharing them. :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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    1. I love these books! I would love to use them as a place to write down to do lists, ideas, and activities. And it is a bonus they are so beautiful!

      Lindsey Roseboom
      http://fantasticfirstgradefriends.blogspot.com/

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  2. Ok....I'm thinking the May books thing could be very dangerous!!! Loving your creations!!! I am checking out WBT too! I may be back to pick your brain about it!!! Thanks for much for linking up:) Hope you come back next week:)

    4th Grade Frolics

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    1. May Books are AMAZING! You'll love them!

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  3. Darn it, I should have done my clip chart in Monday Made It, too! I HAVE to get with it. :)

    OK, going to 4th Grade Frolics now to figure this linky thing out... Thanks!

    Cherie

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    1. If you can create HTML code, you can join a linky!
      :)

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  4. hi there! just stopping by to let you know that i have May Books giveaway in the blog running till Saturday! hope to see you there!

    ill share your blog to my teacher cousins!

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    1. I will be right over to enter to win that book!! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  5. Hi Dana! I just happened upon your blog and saw your post on Whole Brain! Thanks for spreading the word! Have you checked the Whole Brain Teaching Facebook page? They have started grade level pages! Please stop by and check it out! Would love to include your blog on the WBT Blog List, with your permission of course!

    Nancy
    Mrs. Stoltenberg's Second Grade Class

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    1. I joined the 1st grade WBT fb page earlier today! I just started reading about WBT the past few weeks and I really like it. I am even making plans to attend the Mid-West conference in MI in a few weeks. I'm so excited! I don't mind at all if you repost my blog. Most of the info came straight from the WBT website, but as soon as I start it in my classroom, I will have my own thoughts on it! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  6. I have awarded your blog The Versatile Blogger award!! Stop by and pick it up!

    Chelsey♥

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    1. Thank you so so much!! I really appreciate it! :)

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  7. I've used several aspects of whole brain teaching for a few years now. I really like it.

    I went to May books site. So cute! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Thanks for the link for May Books. Great find!

    Emily
    I Love My Classroom
    www.ilovemyclassroom.blogspot.com

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    1. Tell me about it!! I am so glad I found that site. Good bye ugly notebooks! :)

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  9. I love the clip chart!! The one your downloaded is super cute! And thanks for sharing the May Day website. I don't know what it is about customization but it's so hard not to love!! Thanks for sharing!

    ❤- Stephanie
    Falling Into First

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    1. It's just so fun to personalize things! I bought a plain yellow chevron cover for my phone because personalized ones cost so much more. then I was at Hobby Lobby and ran across vinyl letter stickers and guess what- now my plain cover has a D on it!

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  10. Hi There. I have really enjoyed reading your posts so I am nominating you for the One Lovely Blog and Versatile Blogger awards. Come back to my site to pick up your awards!

    Polka Dots and Teaching Tots

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    1. Thank you so much!! That is so sweet of you!

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  11. Y'all are intriguing me about Whole Brain Teaching.
    ~April
    The Idea Backpack
    ideabackpack@gmail.com

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    1. I was intrigued after watching a few YouTube videos on it. I totally encourage you do check it out. There are a lot of blogs dedicated to WBT also.

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  12. Thanks for sharing the "Whole Brain" technique. I am going to check out more of the videos.

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    1. Check out my new blog at fabulousfinchfacts.blogspot.com. :)

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    2. You should really check out WBT, it's awesome! Your blog is great, I am your newest follower!

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  13. I have heard so much about WBT - Thanks for posting this - I am definitely checking it out! :)
    Thanks for the clips idea! That is sooo cute! :)

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    1. Thank you! I am your newest follower :)

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  14. I joined the WBT facebook page and I just watched the video you posted. Love the concept! I am a your new follower.
    Modern Kindergarten

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  15. Cool! Do you use WBT in your classroom?

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  16. Hey Dana! I'm posting a link on my blog to this post as a great example of the 5 rules. Thanks for posting!!

    Sarah
    WBT in Middle School - Where to Start

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  17. I watched this video and became SO excited!!!! What a fun way to get students to work and listen. Plus the fact that they are repeating what they learned in the TEACH time was amazing. I will share this site with teacher in my school. Thanks for the video!!!!

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  18. It is not my child (or any child's) job to keep the teacher happy. Common Core standards are a detriment to our society, and a hindrance to our children's learning. If my child was put under the pressure of keeping the teacher happy, I would be pulling him/her out of the class.

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    1. AMEN!!! "Keep Dear Teacher Happy" sounds like "Heil Fuhrer" to me! Why on earth do we want a generation of robots?

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    2. It really is just a clever way to say, "follow the classroom rules". If you read more about WBT or ever use it yourself, you'll see how it is not creating robots.

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