Bright Ideas Blog Hop Using Whole Brain Teaching

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I am so thrilled to be sharing some TEACHER HEAVEN with you today!


     Yep, you heard me correctly!  I said TEACHER HEAVEN!  About 2 months ago, a friend of mine, Farrah from Mrs. Shipley's Whole Brain Teaching 1:1 Class, introduced me to TEACHER HEAVEN.  I bet you are thinking-yeah yeah Valerie-give me the stairway to heaven!  So without further ado-here is your first step!

     Whole Brain Teaching is an amazing technique that engages the brain to maximum efficiency.  It is the use of strategies that Chris Biffle, AKA Coach B, and his team spent years researching and substantiating with hard evidence and effect in the classrooms across America.

"At the root of Whole Brain Teaching is a large amount of highly structured, educational tomfoolery." 

     *There are SEVEN BIG steps to the foundation of Whole Brain Teaching (WBT).  

1.  Class-Yes (the attention grabber)

The Science: engages prefrontal cortex, the light switch that must be turned on for the rest of the brain to process information

The Highly Structured Tomfoolery: teacher says 'CLASS' in some way-soft, loud, animated, funny, any catchy way.  Students reply back with an echo of the style of delivery of the CLASS word, by replying the word 'YES'

My Favorite: CLASS-O, YES-O

2.  Five Classroom Rules (organizer)

The Science: engages prefrontal, Broca's area, Wernicke's area, limbic system, hippocampus, visual and motor cortex

The Highly Structured Tomfoolery: basic rules for any classroom 

          1.  Follow directions quickly.  

          2.  Raise your hand for permission to speak.

          3.  Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat.  

          4.  Make smart choices.

          5.  Make your teacher happy.

My Favorite: Rule number 1-follow directions quickly!

3.  Teach-Okay (activator)

The Science: long term memory is triggered when students engage prefrontal cortex, Broca's area as they speak, Wernicke's area when they listen, visual and motor cortex get wrapped in it all when they animate their words with gestures and see the gestures others make

The Highly Structured Tomfoolery: the children turn to a partner and "teach" them the point of the lesson, share their answer, this engages all the children without the fear of public failure

My Favorite: when the shy child is no longer afraid to talk about the lessons because "no one else is listening" to them or when I make a goofy dance move and tell the kids to "teach" each other the groooovy move

4.  The Scoreboard (motivator)

The Science: limbic system's emotions and the amygdala for pleasure are sited for the pain of the MIGHTY GROAN, and the pleasure of the MIGHTY OH YEAH

The Highly Structured Tomfoolery: a way to remind the students by visual, physical gesturing, and audibly that the class as a whole is or is not making the teacher (Scorekeeper) happy

My Favorite: using the pirate and drum roll 

5.  Hands and Eyes (the focuser)

The Science: focuses the students attention to seeing and hearing the teacher's lesson

The Highly Structured Tomfoolery: teacher says 'hands and eyes' and the children will turn to the teacher, placing their folded hands in their laps and focusing their eyes on the teacher

My Favorite: the Superman like stare that they give me when I say Hands and Eyes

6.  Switch (the involver)

The Science: Broca's area is again in play as the children develop their speaking skills and the Wernicke's area as they become attentive listeners

The Highly Structured Tomfoolery: teacher says 'SWITCH' during a Teach-Okay moment, the children change from listener to speaker and vise versa

My Favorite: the look on their faces the first time, well-every time, I say SWITCH

7.  Mirror (the class unifier)

The Science: visual and motor cortex is engaged as well as the mirror neurons are activated which are essential to learning

The Highly Structured Tomfoolery: the person modeling or sharing raises their hands at shoulder height and says 'mirror', audience will mimic the gestures of the presenter

My Favorite: when the kiddos are presenting and they ask for mirror from other students-too precious

     This is just the beginning of a blissful teaching journey into Teacher Heaven.  Each day my children are a little more attentive, a little better at the concept.  And it is always wonderful when a District Level Observer stops by my room and tells me that "You have the children eating out of your hands, you have wonderful management skills".   

     Are you hooked yet?  Want more information?  Mrs. Shipley has a link in today's blog hop discussing more parts of WBT.  She can help you in your journey to TEACHER HEAVEN!  Stop by her blog to read her BRIGHT IDEA using WBT!  

     You are just getting started! There is so much more to "turning on the lights" to this BRIGHT IDEA in your classroom.  

     Would you like additional BRIGHT IDEAS? Here is our Pinterest Board that has even more ideas.

     How about a BRIGHT IDEA from Mrs. B?  Nooooo silly, not Coach B's wife.  Mrs. B is up next on the blog hop.  She is a BRIGHT third grade teacher who has a 


using BOOK BAGS.  She will give tips for celebrating books and building excitement about reading in your classroom!  You can find her post here!

     Or, you can visit the link-up below and choose a topic that interests you!  Either way, you will be inspired, motivated and ready to face the last half of the year, here in America, or the beginning of your school year if you're an Aussie!!  

     Remember if you like what you read, leave me some comment love and follow me for more fun as I teach my Georgia Grown Kiddos!

*Credit where credit is due:

Information about Whole Brain Teaching was obtained from the book Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids by Chris Biffle.


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