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Whole Brain Teaching! Whole Brain What???

As the year continues to progress, you may notice that our classroom doesn’t run like other classrooms. Since the first day of school, we have been incorporating some of the techniques used with “Whole Brain Teaching” Whole Brain Teaching is a research based system that uses all areas of the brain, keeps children engaged, and helps them retain much more information.

Whole Brain Teaching is interactive, using things like hand-gestures to help remember important words or rules. The best part is children don’t see it as learning because it’s so fun! In addition to instruction, we will be using WBT for classroom behavior.

Through the use of “The 5 Classroom Rules,” students are in charge of their own behavior. We use the rules to help students remember what the expectations are for our classroom. The “scoreboard” is used for a friendly competition between students and teacher. They get points for following the rules and I get points when they forget to. The reward is voted on each morning and is given to the winning team each afternoon.

Here are the 5 Rules that you may begin to hear your child chanting:

Rule #1 Follow directions quickly. (Gesture: move arm like a swimming fish)

Rule # 2 Raise your hand to speak. (Gesture: Raise hand, open and close hand to resemble “talking”)

Rule #3 Raise your hand to leave your seat. (Gesture: Raise hand then “walk” fingers up opposite arm)

Rule #4 Make smart choices. (Gesture: Point to temples on each side of your head while moving head from side to side)

Rule #5 Keep your dear teacher happy. (Gesture: SMILE! Place hands in “L” shape next to each cheek as you move your head from side to side)

For more information about Whole Brain Teaching feel free to contact me or visit www.WholeBrainTeaching.com.