I watched Coach B's webcast on the first hour of WBT, but adapted it to fit my needs. It was not possible for me to start the day with it. I waited until mid-morning to begin. I started with the rules. I am using the 5 classroom rules from WBT. I taught the rules with the gestures. We went over them a hundred times. We talked about what each one means and what it covers. The rules are:
1. Follow directions quickly.
2. Raise your hand to speak.
3. Raise your hand to leave your seat.
4. Make smart choices.
5. Make your teacher happy.
I had one or two who didn't really want to do the gestures with us. I am hoping that after a few more days and them seeing everyone else doing it, that they will come around. Has anyone else had trouble with a child refusing to participate? If so, how did you handle it?
I also introduced Class-Yes and Hands & Eyes. They absolutely loved Class-Yes! We had a lot of fun using different voices and tones. I am just thankful that no one walked in and heard me! I guess I just have to get over it. My principal is in and out all day so I know it's going to happen, it's only a matter of time...
About half way through the day, I introduced the Scoreboard. We practiced the Mighty Groan and the Mighty Oh Yeah. We worked on being prompt- I told them as soon as they see my marker make the mark they were to start, and we worked on unison. I explained that the Mighty Oh Yeah was a one second celebration in their table talk volume because we didn't want to disturb the class next door. (Our rooms are connected without a door or wall.) The day ended with 8 Smilies and 9 Frownies, which is exactly how I wanted it- There's no way I could have let them win on the first day! I've got to give them a reason to come back on Monday and try even harder!
So tomorrow is Monday. Day 2 of Whole Brain Teaching training for my little dolls. I will let you know how it goes!