Saturday, September 7, 2013
Being a believer in WBT, day 1 I walked in planning on starting with a bang. We did class-yes, teach-ok, scoreboard, the 5 rules. It was a disaster. I can't even imagine how I could have improved it. The fight was almost immediate. I had some that loved it, some that were just too cool, and some that would never do it, not ever! Ok I'm exaggerating it wasn't all a flop but my challenging students came floating to the surface and made themselves know right away. All the better though, I don't need wasted time.
Class- yes is fun for all, but we're just now, 4 weeks later, really getting it the way I like it. The school standard is a hand up and all hands go up. I prefer the class-yes because the class has a
Teach-ok was the biggest flop, turning and talking was confusing to them even with me giving them the words to say. I had to back off and really build them up. My focus has been math, easy to break down and give a small chunk too. Ironically enough teaching your shoe or pencil was what made it start working for them. In the past that part was too silly and groups needed to be really comfortable before that would work. I guess when your pencil can't talk you have to do all the work.
Scoreboard has won me over again. If my students have taught me anything I know not to ever let it drop, my worst days are when I don't use it enough. Although I'm still working on what really motivates them to win.
The five rules worked differently this year. All my belongings are still in Michigan (whole ordeal way to crazy to tell you now), so the kids helped me out by drawing the rules in groups. We went through the rules, with the normal half-hearted hand gestures. We practiced and got it right, even with a few who didn't want to participate. Then in their groups, they designed the posters. One expectation, everyone had to equally be involved in the drawing/writing. I can honestly say that while every group went about it differently all my students are represented in the posters. Some groups had each student draw a picture, some groups drew one picture and painstakingly divided up the work so everyone did exactly the same amount of work. It was golden to see the solutions.
It has taken a while to get the rules down and everyone participating. I held off on mirror until we had the basic gestures for rules down.
Magic has happened. More of my class is willing to try when I introduce things. I introduced mirror, most of the group tried it out. We giggled at each other, some did very tiny gestures. Some tried not to do any. A couple refused to try, "Ok then please sit over there" was my response. By the end of the week even some of my tough cookies were trying. But Friday, one of my toughest kiddos decided to take my words literally and mirror me even after our fun had passed for the moment. That was the magic, she was so into it she was listening better that I had seen. In her mind I was going to be bugged by it, I know she was trying to irritate me. Honestly thought it was one of the best lessons I've had with her. What she didn't realize was that while her hands were moving she wasn't trying to talk to someone else, or messing with her stuff, and if others looked at her they had to look at me to see what she was doing. I love it!
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
I found this site called class dojo, through some wonderful teachers that have had great success using it, looks interesting and has some awesome features. Like students and parents can set up accounts. Parents can get regular updates and somewhere you can leave comments for them. Oh and paperless I love that part.
I'm trying to figure out how to incorporate this site to the scoreboard. I'm looking for ideas or thoughts. Any WBTer's out there using class dojo? Any who have ideas? Comment and share please!
Thanks in advance all
Saturday, June 22, 2013
I learned about WBT when it was called power teaching. Actually the first time I heard about it was from the teacher next door. She had just begun to implement it in her room and told me a little about it. Honestly that was my first year and I'm not sure I fully comprehended that she was talking about a whole movement. I think it sounded like a few things I was starting to do so it never sunk in as something different.
A few months later I was looking for games to use while students were reading. I found Crazy Professor Reading Game. It's still my favorite for reading. I think I watched that video about 20 times. I even showed it to my students so they had an idea of dramatic reading. When we tried it I instantly loved that I could survey my entire class and see who wasn't using hand gestures. Gestures were a clue that they were probably on task while, no gestures usually meant a teammate was off task.
From there it was love. I was completely sold, the more I tried the more I liked.
Guess I got to be done for now. I've got to go train my replacement so I can move in a few weeks.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Here's a link to the shoe and rockets I drew
shoe drawing are blank so you can add your own questions, while there are more options for the rocket:
shoe page rocket page
*edited to actually make a clickable link.
Friday, April 26, 2013
So I'll be posting again for now probably setting up my class or rather preparing to set up my class. I'm moving in July, I have to report July 22, and school begin August 5th or something like that. Money will be tight, with a move that's about 80 days away, that makes it fun.
This year I'm making a lot of my class decorations ahead of time. So I'll be posting whatever happens to be my focus of the moment. Anything I think will help others or that I happen to really like.
Monday, August 8, 2011
I haven't forgotten about all my fellow Whole Brain Teachers out there, and I wanted to check in and say hey. I hope everyone is having fun preparing for the new year. May it be exciting and full of wonderful WBT moments.
I'll be focused on finding the job so please don't give up on my blog. It comes down to the fact that finding a full time job has to be my focus. I have a job managing a restaurant. They have been resistant to WB resturanting (I think I just made up a word-- cool). Not really prefected yet anyway. Its a good thing I don't care what they think, I'm probably the crazy manager. WAIT I was that crazy teacher too, it must be true. :)
I'll be tutoring and subbing so I'll report back with WBT on a small scale and as a sub. It'll fit somewhere I'm sure
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Currently though, I am going to be working at East Side Mario's an Italian Restaurant. I worked there while in college, I was a manager while I finished Grad School. I'm excited to go back and see people again. I was so happy when the owner was glad to have me back. Even though I don't know what my job will be exactly. Surprise is the spice of life, right?
The bonus is that I have a job. If I get a full time teaching job I can continue at the restaurant and get a bit more in my savings account. If I end up as a sub I can work there still too, so I'm not without employment on breaks and slow weeks (if there are any). Plus the restaurant is a family that I miss. I didn't realize how much I missed some of those people until I spoke to the owner.
Now to tie all this into WBT. Oh yes I can. See WBT changes how you approach things and how you approach a class. There are so many tricks and backup ideas that you always have something waiting for you to use.
I believe as a sub I will stand out. You don't have time to implement all the WBT fun but you have time to do plenty of it. So many of the things we do in WBT are fast and enjoyable I would love to be a kid with a WBT for a sub.
Love, luck, and lollipops