My last post was about the Core Four. By using the Core Four, one can teach anyone practically anything! But what about critical thinking, you may ask?
This summer at the National conference, Coach B shared the Whole Brain Teaching Key. The key is composed of 3 essential elements: The Core Four, Critical Thinking, and The Super Improver's Wall.
Two easy tools for Critical Thinking are: the Because Clapper and Problem Solver.
When a student gives an answer, we want to challenge him/her to give evidence for the answer by using the word because (and giving a big clap). For example: "Julio was brave because he went into the dark forest alone in search of the lost princess." "I will do well on this test because I studied my notes."
The other tool for Critical Thinking is the Problem Solver.
Our gesture for Problem Solver is pretending to hold a key in your hand, and twisting your hand as if your are unlocking a chest or a door. You can use Problem Solver in academic content, as well as for social skills. For example: "What would be another good ending for this story? Problem Solver..." "Both of you want to swing at the same time. How can we work this out? Problem Solver..." "The computers aren't working today. We cannot take our test online. Problem Solver..."
The third component of the key is the Super Improvers Wall (SIW). We have a whole presentation on the Super Improvers Wall, presentation 503, on our website at wholebrainteaching.com. Check it out!!! It is an individualized motivator for students, where anyone and everyone can succeed! The only thing necessary to advance up the levels on the SIW is to improve!
My friends, unlock a successful, funfilled year with your Whole Brain Teaching Key!