Thursday, May 26, 2011

"Classity, Class!"

Have you heard of Whole Brain Teaching? When I first started using it the name was Power Teaching. Other teachers and parents get a big kick out of my call-response style.
I asked someone to quickly video me today to give you an idea.
Forgive the quality, it was very spur of the moment.

This is called Class-Yes. I say, "Class, Class" and they respond "YES, YES!" copying whatever cadence, volume, etc I use. I make sure to mix it up to keep them on their toes.
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 When they are frozen and looking at me they get a smiley. If not, they get a frowney. If the smileys are winning at the end of the day the class gets a reward. At the beginning of the year we danced to Dr. Jean's Tooty Ta. Now they enjoy playing Heads Up 7-Up.

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Another Whole Brain Teaching technique is Teach-OK. Basically a turn and talk with hand-motions and call backs.
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Here are our rules (again with hand-motions to get that TPI in!) In the beginning of the year we review them multiple times a day. We recite them in different voices to keep it interesting (robot, opera, slow-motion, etc.)

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If you are interested in learning more you can go to the Whole Brain Teaching website or search youtube and teachertube for more video examples.

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into my teaching style.

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11 comments:

  1. Love it!!! I'm using WBT too! It's been the best free program ever. You're doing a great job. Thanks for the videos clips. Biff would be so proud!

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  2. I love these videos!!!! I've read a little bit about this but hadn't seen it in action. I definitely need to see about how to use these concepts in my own class.

    Angelia
    http://extraspecialteaching.blogspot.com

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  3. LOL...When I read your title my mind instantly said, "Yessity, Yes!" LOVE Whole Brain Teaching. :) Jodi www.littlestlearners.com

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  4. Thank you for sharing. I want to start next year using some of the WBT with my class.

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  5. I LOVE WBT!! I found it a couple years ago and haven't looked back!! :)

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  6. HAHA! My brain also instantly said, "Yessity, Yes!". I do this in my classroom too! LOVE it!
    Primary Inspired

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  7. Thanks for sending the link along...I spent one night reading almost the entire e-book that goes through the structures! Post as much as you can about this, I'm interested in using it next year!

    oceanoflearners.blogspot.com

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  9. I LOVE Whole Brain Teaching! Thank you for sharing your videos. It is always inspiring to see how others implement the strategies.

    I have a blog about WBT. This post
    sums up how WBT has changed my career.

    A Whole Brain Teacher

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  10. I just looked up Whole Brain Teaching and remembered that you had put up videos a while back - these are awesome! They're inspiring me to try this next year. I can't wait to read more about it on the website!!

    Magnificent Multiagers!

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  11. Amazing videos!! Love your style!!

    Check out my blog to read about my experiences using WBT in the classroom!!

    http://mywholebrainteachingblog.blogspot.com/

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