Sunday, November 23, 2014

Whole Brain Teaching(Power Teaching)



We know that yelling and scolding doesn't work any more. Schools are dangerous places. According to the National Center for Education statistics, in 2007 there were "1.5 million victims of non fatal crimes at school.The behavior of challenging kids cannot be imroved by heavier doses of punishment. Punishment makes them more rebellious. Most challenging kids genuinely want to be part of the classroom environment ;this is why they work so hard to get everyone's attention. Kids want to laugh and play Whole Brain Teaching produces classrooms that are full of orderly fun.
Here is the WBT's secret: if a student's whole brain is involved in learning, there isn't any mental area left over for challenging kids.



1) Class-Yes involves the prefrontal cortex, the reasoning center of the brain. Think of this area as a " light switch" that must be turned on for the rest of the brain to process information. This is an attention gather.

  


2) Five, Powerful Classroom Rules 


 


Detailed information for each rule here

3) Teach - Okay  WBrain Teachers have discovered that disclining yourself to speak in units that are 30 seconds or less and then having your students repeat your message to each other. You present a few points; your students repeat them to each other ; you present a few more. In the little preiods when students are talking, you take mini breaks to organize your thoughts for your next few sentences. WB Teachers call this MICRO-LECTURING.



4)The Scoreboard According to students' performance, teachers put a point under frowny or smiley faces.WBTeachers know that students should never have 3 more frownies than smilies or vice versa. Students shouldn't be punished or rewarded too too much. At the end of the week  Reward: one minute more of recess. This gave them a taste of success. Never reward or penalized more than two or three minutes of recess.





5) Hands and Eyes 
6) Mirror : Mirror is one of WBT's simplest and most powerful techniques. You say " mirror" and your students respond "mirror". They then pick up their hands ready to mimic your gestures. Use mirror when telling a story, giving directions, describing the steps in a procedure, demonstrating a process
 These are basic principles of Whole Brain Teaching. There are also activities related to the WBT. I will keep blogging.
You can watch the video and see  Hands and Eyes, Mirror  under the Teach - Okay

There are many more videos and you can learn more about  WBT. I've just summarized. You can watch and learn more from here