The relaxation has been nice, but cabin fever is beginning to set in. A teacher friend of mine is referring to this as "cold summer." With all this free time, might as well brush up on Whole Brain!
If you are unfamiliar with Whole Brain Teaching, it is a phenomenal teaching method created by Chris Biffle (Coach B!) The website (www.wholebrainteaching.com) is definitely worth a visit. Here's what you'll find:
- FREE stuff! (Downloads, powerpoint slides, resources, etc. etc.)
- Webcasts explaining and modeling all of the techniques (hundreds!)
- Forums to discuss ideas and issues with other Whole-Brainers
- Certification information
- Links to buy the Whole Brain Teaching book
This is going to sound like hyperbole, but the book is the best teaching book I've read so far. The layout is exactly what I've always wanted from educational materials. There are real-life examples and a timeline, people! Game changer.
I won't go into all the details of Whole Brain here, but if you are a teacher who loves learning and desires to know what "Teacher Heaven" is truly like... check it out.
For those of you using Whole Brain, I created a rule reflection sheet. Our school adheres to a PBIS program, which involves a "recovery area" in the classroom. Since I've started the Scoreboard and 5 rules, I haven't had to use our recovery area (hooray!), but the forms are ready just in case. I made a PBIS/Whole Brain form for kids to reflect upon while taking a quick break. A few students have even requested them on rough days! Wow!
The front details the problem at hand, while the back is meant to get them thinking positively about the classroom, themselves, people that believe in them, and their ability to turn their day around. These could be a form of Practice Cards as well. Click on the top picture to get yours for free.
Happy Whole Braining! Stay warm!