Thursday, July 19, 2012

WBT Sub Sheet, Quick Reference

I am often asked, "What do you do for a sub?"  One of the wonderful things about Whole Brain Teaching is that our students know the procedures so well, they often help the sub!

I just updated my quick reference quick to align with the Core Four, and it will be going in our teacher's sub folders at our school.

Here is what I included in the updated version:

Click here to download the file:
Your sub will beg to return to your class!


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Core Four

What is the Core Four? 

Coach B is continually thinking of new ways to present WBT concepts to teachers to help us be successful. At the recent National Conference in Louisiana, we learned about the "Core Four". With the Core Four, we discovered one can teach practically anything to anyone!

So, what is the Core Four?

Does this sound familiar? If you have been using WBT, you recognize these elements as part of the Big 7.  By condensing it to the Core Four, teachers can readily learn components and begin implementation immediately.

We practiced simple lessons, weaving in a variety of intonation, gestures, tempo, and facial expressions.

Give it a try! Line up the floaties in the pool and call them attention with "Class-Yes". 
Give them a smiley or frownie point on your imaginary scoreboard, depending on how quickly they responded to you! 
Have them mirror the pool rules as you teach them. 
Clap twice and say "Teach"! 
Call them back to attention with "Class-Yes", and give another smiley or frownie for how well they taught each other. 

I know this sounds silly, but practicing at home really helps!!! I know some teachers who line up their daughter's stuffed animals on the couch to practice!

Let's make the CORE FOUR our daily teaching routine!