Sunday, September 2, 2012

I Won!

OMG!  I won my very first-ever blog giveaway!  Woo hoo!!!

Deb at Fabulously First had a powerful post about the stresses and demands of teaching and how two books allowed her to get an "attitude adjustment". The books: Awakened: Change Your Mindset to Transform Your Teaching and The Awakened Devotional Study Guide for Christian Educators are written by Angela Watson.  Check out Deb's post here! And, don't forget to check out Angela Watson's books here.  Although I haven't the booksr, I'm super excited to receive mine so I can dive right into it!  Yay!

On a different note, I haven't posted in a while.  I've been trying to come up with SOMETHING worthwhile to post about... and, I still can't figure anything out.  I wanted to put pictures of my classroom up but I don't have any.  Things are still a little crazy at school and I just never think to snap a few pictures.

I now have 21 students (ahhhh... SO much better than the usual 30!) and they are the SWEETEST little kiddos I've ever had.  It is going to be such a great year!

Has anyone ever tried Whole Brain Teaching?  I started researching it and using it a little bit in the classroom and the kids LOVE it.  Sometimes, I feel a little silly doing the gestures and being really sing-songy but, since the students have responded positively, I'll keep doing it!  So far, we've used Class-Yes, Hands and Eyes, Teach-OK, the Scoreboard (smilies/frownies), and Mirror.  I'm going to introduce the Guff Counter next week.  I don't have a lot of talking back or "guff" in the classroom (yet) but I still think the kids will really enjoy it.

Here is a video that shows you the basics in action.  The guy (Chris Biffle) is super entertaining!



Are you using Whole Brain Teaching?

Thanks for stopping by!

1 comment:

  1. I have heard of whole brain teaching, in fact a fifth grade teacher at my school started using it in his classroom last year and taught our whole school the class-yes strategy :) Our principal uses it for her attention getter at our whole school assemblies.

    I love this video! Thank you for posting it! It must take a lot of practice to talk and teach that fast! But how engaged his students are :)

    Oh! And congrats on your winnings!

    ~Sarah
    Wishful Teaching

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