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Whole Brain Teaching

Have you guys heard of Whole Brain Teaching?  I've read some about it, watched a few videos, and checked out the Whole Brain Teaching site {here}.  I've done a little bit with it this year, but I was kinda going blind since I've never seen it in action.  

Well, it just so happens that 2 of the triplets are so fortunate to be in the 1st grade teacher who belongs to this room.


And not only does she have a super cute monkey room, she also does Whole Brain Teaching!  I'm so thrilled with all the stuff they're learning.  What's even better is that my daughter Kylie wants to be a teacher when she grows up, and I have no doubts that she will be an amazing one!  I think it might be her calling.  Her and her brothers get the privilege (haha) of hanging out in my room every afternoon while I try to work.  Kylie uses the afternoons to recreate her day and teach to some of my stuffed animals.




Do you see what she drew in the corner right over her head?  A happy and frownie chart!  How cute.  Can't you just see her teaching one day?

Well, last Friday our school was lucky enough to get Whole Brain Teaching training from my kiddos' awesome teacher.  I was really excited about the training.  Let me tell you, I'm excited to go to work on Monday and implement some of the stuff we learned.  What I like most is that Whole Brain Teaching can be implemented immediately and it doesn't cost anything.  It's just something you do.  

Here are some of the things I'm most excited about implementing:

1.  Bodies and Chairs - This is where you say bodies and chairs.  The students then stand up, push their chairs in, and say bodies and chairs three times.  You can also use this for line (to line up), seats (to sit in their seats, carpet (to go to the carpet), etc.  I have one student specifically that needs a lot of reminders.  She has some processing delays and motor planning issues and always seems to be 2 or more steps behind everyone else.  I'm hoping that the repetition of saying it and hearing everyone else saying it will help her be more with the group.

2.  Teaching vocabulary through the use of gestures.  I have been doing this some with my students but now see how I can do it better.  

3.  Using "air boards" to write in the air.  When the teacher says air boards, the students make a rectangle in the air while saying "zip, zip, zip."  They then write in the air.  After they're done, they erase their air board while saying "eek, eek, eek."  

4.  Class, yes and Teach, ok.  You can read about that on the Whole Brain Teaching site I linked above.

So when I got home last night, I had my kiddos show me how they've learned one of their vocabulary words.  It was soooo cute!  Here's a little video I took.  Please don't mind any baskets of laundry that might possibly be in the background.  Let's just pretend like they're not even there.

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7 comments:

  1. I do some parts of Whole Brain Teaching and my kiddos LOVE it! It makes them excited and attentive.. and what's better than that? They are super serious about stopping guff..which works wonders for classroom management!

    Janet
    Mrs. D's Firsties

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    1. I love hearing that other people have had success with WBT!

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  2. That's so cute! You might like to read Miss L's Whole Brain Teaching blog at http://misslwholebrainteaching.blogspot.com. I've been wanting to learn more about it but I don't yet have my own classroom to implement it in!

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  3. I have been doing a lot of research about whole brain teaching and I want to start implementing it in small doses to see how my student's react to it. I look forward to reading more about how it's going in your classroom!

    Mrs.Dixon
    Teaching Special Thinkers

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  4. I love your blog! As a special educator, I am always looking for great blogs to follow, and I am happy to say that I am your newest follower! If you have time, come check out my blog :)

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  5. I love these ideas! I've been using some ASL to teach vocab words in my history class and it's super great because if the students don't remember the answer, I give the sign, and then they know the word. It's pretty cool. And also some of my students who don't have clear speech, it's great to help me understand what they are saying.
    Thanks for sharing what you learned. I'm going to look more into this!
    Brie @ Breezy Special Ed

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  6. I am a student teacher and I tried a few of the whole brain teaching and my students lovee it! I want to learn more and get training on it too, but can't find any in the South Jersey area. I just transitioned into the special edu student teaching part and I am so happy I found your blog! I am so nervous.

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