Thursday, November 8, 2012

Whole Brain Teaching-10 Finger Woo! and It’s Cool!

   If you’ve missed my previous posts on Whole Brain Teaching, you can click {HERE} to catch yourself up.  Just to give you a little background- I discovered it over the summer, watched some YouTube vidjas, attended a (free) conference, and fell deeply in love with WBT.  It’s a classroom management that totally works.  I feel like it is so much more than just management.  It’s a style of teaching.  It is a way of life in my classroom.  We use the rules, Power Pix, and several of the techniques.  I recently taught my students a few more Whole Brain things that I’d like to share with you.
   The first is the 10 Finger Woo!  If some one does a great job,gives an fabulous answer- you know what you consider awesome in your room-you give them a 10 finger woo!  the teacher says, “Class give so and so a 10 finger woo!”  And the class holds out their hands, kind of pushes their fingers toward the awesome kid, and says “WOO!”  In my room, we wiggle our fingers while we do it.  The WBT website says a “rolling 10 Finger Woo” is wiggling your fingers and rolling your hands at the person.  the teacher would say “Give so and so a 10 finger rolling woo!”  We are just doing the regular woo, maybe one day when I have an answer that knocks my socks off, I will teach the rolling woo!  This is easy and the kids love it.  Sometimes I give the entire class a 10 Finger Woo! if they have all done something fabulous.  With all WBT techniques, we practiced and I laid the ground rules.  We practiced 2-3 times and haven’t had any problems.  The children say woo in unison and I stressed that it is a very short woo, we don’t drag out the oooooo.  :) It’s a great confidence builder for those shy students. 
   The other thing I want to tell you about is the “It’s cool.”  When a student gives a wrong answer, the teacher quickly says, “Tell so and so ‘it’s cool’!”  The class simply says, “It’s cool!” and we go about our way.  We practiced this one a few times aw well.  We shrug our shoulders and say “it’s cool” very nonchalantly, like we’re too cool for school.  :)  The. kids. love. it.  The funniest thing happened after I taught it.  We went over it a few times one afternoon and i didn’t say anymore about it.  So the next day, I said the wrong page number, but then corrected myself.  One of my boys in the back piped up with a “It’s cool!”.  It cracked me up because I had totally forgotten about it.  This is a great way to ward off any snickering that might happen when a child gives an incorrect answer and it also makes them feel better about themselves and not be so embarrassed.  I don’t use it every time I get a wrong answer, but I try to do it every time a shy or struggling student answers incorrectly. 
   Like I said, Whole Brain Teaching is so much more than just classroom management.  It’s a style of teaching all it’s own and the great thing about it is that you can customize it to fit your needs.  There is no WBT police or hard and fast rules you MUST follow.  Pick and choose, Adapt it to fit.  Try it, you’ll like it or your money back 100% guaranteed.


15 comments:

  1. Oh Dana we couldn't agree more! We dabbled in it last year a bit but then did some research over summer and implemented it from day 1 this year and WE LOVE IT! It truly is amazing and our kids are just fabulous. Thanks for sharing this and hope other teachers will give it a chance-even if it's just one or two of the ideas to start :)
    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade

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    1. I agree, you have to start small. Add in different techniques as the year goes along. I wish I could convince EVERYONE to try it!

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  2. I Luh-uh-uhv the "it's cool" concept! We've been using Pete the Cat's "It's all good," but in a slightly different way. The kids, especially my two with autism and high anxiety, really respond well. I have dabbled a bit in WBT as well, but need to dig in deeper. Thanks a mil for sharing!
    Growing Firsties will be having a Pete the Cat Giveaway soon!!

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    1. WBT is awesome for very active children. It gives them an acceptable outlet for some of that energy!

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  3. I read up on WBT this summer and fell in love too! You're so right in that it's way more than management!

    Brandi
    Success in Second Grade

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    1. Isn't it wonderful?! My kids love it as much as I do!

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  4. Thanks for posting about Whole Brain Teaching, Dana! I just implemented Daily 5 this year and have been seeing some great things about WBT and I want to start learning about that next. :-)

    Crystal
    Teaching Little Miracles

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  5. Oh my goodness! I am totally doing that "it's cool" thing. I can imagine my students having such a good time with that and taking the pressure off of some students. The class I have this year is so sweet, this will be icing!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Vanessa
    Kindergarten Schmindergarten

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  6. I hadn't heard of the ten finger woo. I'll definitely be giving that a whirl. Thanks!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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    1. It is so much fun! The kids think they are rock stars when they get one!

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  7. Loved your post. I too have incorporated some of the WBT techniques into my classroom this year. I have seen such a difference. I love it.

    APril
    Wolfelicious

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    1. Thanks April! It truly does make a difference in your students.

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