Now that the first quarter is over (!), I am finally "in the groove" with my 6th graders and am excited to join Stephanie for this swell linky to share some new things in/about my classroom!
One new thing I have been trying is Whole Brain Teaching. Now I am no expert and am not implementing it to the "T", but I am using the class attention signals and the hand signals for various concepts which have been working wonders all by themselves!
The class attention signals work by saying "Class" to which the students respond "Yes". You can vary it by saying "Super Class" to which the students respond "Super Yes". I may have to repeat some sort of "Class" 2 or 3 times and then I say "Hands and Eyes" to which the students fold their hands and look at me. This has been amazing!!
Then, I began to look at other signals like the folded hands to indicate compare and the bumping fists together to indicate contrast. As we really get the hang of it, signals could replace words which amps up the attention factor tremendously.
I learned A LOT, just by watching this video:
Another part of the Whole Brain Teaching is "The Super Improver Wall". This is where kids can visually track progress and move up in the ranks as they progress through the year. My students are really enjoying it and coming up with privileges for each rank.
Each student has to earn 10 improvements before they can move up a level. They all want to be living legends! :)
In my county, we must use the Springboard textbook. I like the book overall, but it doesn't leave much room for fun. So I have to keep the fun short and connected. One way I have decided to do this is with picture books on video!
I plan to use this spooky story as a lead in to talk about theme in our text. :)
Last, but not least, I am going to be starting a new blog series about engagement. Now that the "honeymoon" is over, it's time to reach into the 'ol bag of tricks to ensure my students are with me! Each Monday, beginning October 24th, I'll be sharing some of my best "tricks". :) I hope you'll join me!
Thanks for stopping by!