Monday, August 29, 2011

Day 1 on Whole Brain Teaching

Today was the first day back in the classroom with students. I faced eighteen third graders armed with my Whole Brain Teaching repertoire. Taking a lesson from Coach Biffle I used "whole brain teaching" to teach Whole Brain Teaching!!! It worked great!! I introduced "Class/Yes", "Teach/Ok", and the scoreboard. We practiced and ping/ponged the scoreboard quite a bit. I then introduced "The Big Five"!! The kids taught each other the rules.
It was truly amazing how quickly they caught on to the rules and how much fun we had learning and practicing with Whole Brain Teaching.

I am anxious to begin using all the other great Whole Brain Teaching techniques. I have my room set up and ready, now just have to get the kiddos ready.

My Power Pix Wall is up and I will be adding some 2nd grade Power Pix as a review tomorrow.
Oh, and yes ... that is Spider Man you see hanging there on the wall. We are required to use Thinking Maps in our classroom and they remind me of webs ... so who better to get the kids attention ... but Spider Man!

I am very excited to start using my Genius Ladder. We have moved to Common Core Standards and the emphasis across the curriculum is writing. The Genius Ladder is going to become such a valuable tool in my classroom.
The four white boards are not seen in the picture, but the Genius Wall is ready to go.
And yes, if you look closely there are two little climbers ascending the wall.
I use Daily 5 and Literacy Cafe:
Daily 5 Choice Board

Literacy Cafe Board ... we will be adding our goals and the skills we are working towards.
Our school has adopted "Bucket Filling" as our school - wide theme ... we are already practicing to be Bucket Fillers in our classroom ... And Wrangler Freddy is watching us!

I use the "Potty Pal" System in my classroom. Two stuffed animals that the kids place on their desks when they go out to the bathroom. I can look out at anytime to see who is out of the room, and BONUS .... no nasty, dirty bathroom pass!!

And, finally a picture of our first team-building activity.

A great first day ... looking forward to more with Whole Brain Teaching! 


  1. I love how creative you are in decorating!! Where did you find the little climber guys?

    Did you hear about WBT certification? You should stop by and check it out. So excited about this and you would be phenomenal!

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  2. I am just starting to learn about WBT. I am your newest follower.


  3. Hey Jan! I wanted to let you know that I am adding your blog to my list of WBT blogs that I have posted on my website! If you would like to check it out my blog address is

    If any information needs to be changed or if you would like to be removed from the list let me know!

    Best wishes :)

  4. WOW! I see my last comment didn't make it here, but I'm giving you The Lovely Blog Award and the Versatile Blog Award! Would love for you to stop by and check them out!

  5. WOW! I must be doing something wrong - this is my 3rd post to tell you I've awarded you the Lovely Blog Award and the Versatile Blogger Award!!! Would love for you to stop by and check them out!