Saturday, June 16, 2012

Totally Engaged Students

Are you familiar with Whole Brain Teaching?  I discovered it online last fall while I was exploring information on how the brain learns.

This is the first video I saw on the topic:
You may notice in the video that the instructor (Coach B from WBT) keeps the students totally engaged, and uses many of the important brain based learning strategies: talking, using emotions, visuals, movement, teaching chunks of information, giving immediate feedback.

The above video shows students much older than the ones I work with.  If you go to the Whole Brain Teaching website, or simply search "Whole Brain Teaching" on You tube, you'll find loads of videos of Whole Brain Teaching methods used with every age.

As we're finishing up the school year, I had asked the children to list their favorite memories from second grade. At the top of most of the lists:

  • The Scoreboard
  • The Improvement Wall
  • Super Speed Math
  • Super Speed 1,000 (Sight words)
You guessed it, these are all straight from Whole Brain Learning!  The best part?  It's all free!  

I've been going to their weekly webinars since last fall.  (Almost every Tuesday at 8:00 Eastern)  I've learned so much!  All these webinars are available to watch on their site.  I do prefer the live broadcasts, since you're able to comment and ask questions, but they save all the programs, and they have most definitely enhanced my teaching.  






14 comments:

  1. Where can I go to find the webinars? What's the link you use? I'd love to watch some of them to get ready to use the ideas in kindergarten next year!

    Miss A's Kindergarten

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    1. If you go to the Whole Brain Learning homepage (http://www.wholebrainteaching.com/) you'll see the "video library" about halfway down on the left. Those are all the recorded webinars. You can watch them right there on the page!

      Sally

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  2. Thanks for leaving a comment and joining the linky party. Since you are on the webinars, I am assuming you are doing certification. I love the list of the favorites from 2nd grade!

    Misty
    Think, Wonder, & Teach

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    1. Misty,

      I've been way too busy to think about doing the certification the last month or so. Now that summer vacation is almost here I'll have more time to think about it!

      Sally

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  3. Thanks for sharing the info on WBT! Sounds like you have had a lot of success with it!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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    1. Lori,

      I've really been enjoying the results of WBT. It's fun as well as helpful!

      Sally

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  4. Hi Sally! You are doing a great job of sharing WBT! Hope you decide to Join the Certification Journey!!
    Per Aspera Ad Astra

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    1. Nancy,

      Thanks so much! I really love using WBT! I'm looking at the Certification in the future. I just got out of school yesterday and truly need to spend some "me" time... resting and doing non-school related activities. (for at least a couple of days!)

      Sally

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  5. Sally, this is so awesome and I want to learn a lot more about this. Thank you so much for sharing such valuable information. I am headed over to see website on Whole Brain Teaching and check out what they have.

    Deb at Fabulously First

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    1. Deb,

      The more I learn about Whole Brain Teaching, the more I want to learn! There's a WBT linky party at http://thinkwonderteach.blogspot.com/2012/05/wbt-project-linky-party.html that has lots of links to other teachers that are using it. Plus, the Whole Brain Teaching website will tell you everything you want to know. I suggest watching the videos!

      Sally

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  6. I'm so glad you're a part of the Whole Brain Teaching blog gang! I started following you today and I hope you'll stop by my WBT blog. I look forward to meeting up with you at future webcasts!

    Julie aka Southern Teacher
    southernteacherwbt.blogspot.com

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  7. Julie,

    Thanks! I've been to your blog and love it!

    Sally

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  8. I didn't actually think a technique fit for primary-school pupils could actually work in a college setting. Maybe this could be added to the national educational reform plan.

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