What is Whole Brain Teaching?
There is no better way to describe it than it is teaching that engages the WHOLE brain.
WBT uses gestures, repetition, call outs and direct instruction all together to engage all areas of the brain; left and right sides. Students mimic the instructor and one another with words and motions to solidify concepts. Then students teach to a partner and this is repeated throughout the lesson. Every skill and activity attached with WBT is presented as a game, just like all those video games they love playing. This creates a sense of "funtricity" in learning rather than a chore.
Often during teaching, only certain areas of the brain are triggered which is why students may not understand, remember or be engaged in learning material. This is not to say all other teaching methods are bad or not as good, sometimes we need to only think logically or only creatively. But whole brain teaching helps students learn using all of their abilities and all areas of the beautiful brain gifted them.
Super Improver is the individual motivation system attached with Whole Brain Teaching. This game is all about reaching new levels based on beating goals; 100% achievement, NOT ability. At the beginning of the year every single student begins as a Turtle. Together we will set a goal (could be all class/individual, could be 1-2 goals). As the student improves on their goal, they earn a star on their star card. After the necessary stars are earned, they move up to the next level, Penguin. This repeats until they get to the very top level of Peregrine Falcon. At this point they will continue to earn stars, and their picture will be added to my wall forever remembered as a Living Legend.
Just like video games, they are never truly done, there is always another level to beat. There are always more goals to set and exceed. As goals become expectations, the goal will change.
When I say achievement not ability, I mean this is not a math facts competition. If you know your 5's tables, great! That is not a good goal for you, but it may be for someone else. Stars are awarded for achieving goals, not abilities.
The scoreboard is the whole class motivation system attached with Whole Brain Teaching. In this game the class is competing with me, the teacher, to win the day! The board is split into 2 columns: Wolf and Turtle. If you meet or exceed my expectations, you will get a point on the wolf side (Might oh yeah!) If you miss my expectations, or something needs work you get a point on the turtle side (mighty groan!). The goal is to have the most wolf points at the end of the game. If you do, we get to roll the dice for a star on everyone's star card. We will play 2 games in a day 8a-11:30 & 12p-3p.