Monday, June 11, 2012

WOW!  I can't believe the school year is over.  It has just flown by.  I am already eagerly thinking about next year and how I will use Whole Brain Teaching.  (more on that later.)  When it comes to WBT, my brain is like the EverReady Battery - keeps on going and going!

As far as my journey goes, I have found that class is much more fun when I ping pong points on the scoreboard.  It keeps the class lively.  When I do not do this, class doesn't go nearly as well for any of us - the kids or me. There have been days where I struggled with ping-ponging and I am sure there will be more.  I have to make a conscious effort to ping pong points - it won't happen if I don't work at it.  One of my goals for the next year is for this to become so ingrained in me that I automatically do it.

 I have also adopted something I learned from The Great Jeff Battle, and that is this:  when my kids are 2 points ahead of me, they can call me on it and we stop right then for a 5 minute game.  No matter what we are doing, we stop and play the game.  They really get excited over it and try hard to win.  The fact that they are playing a review game is irrelevant - stopping class and playing a game is just cool!

One of the great things about Whole Brain Teaching is that you can use it in so many ways.  Like Jeff's idea of stopping to play a review game.  Or, sometimes the kids want to make up the names for the scoreboard, or write the point on the scoreboard.  Kids can make up one-second party phrases and mighty groans as well.

So...if you have not yet been to, please take the time and go there now - you will be so glad you did!

Til next time,

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