Unfortunately my little blog has tumbleweeds blowing across it at the moment because this year has been so hectic. Four grade levels, 4 STAAR tests, yeah...I have no time! But lets just have a little throw back post!
I hope to be back this week with lots of tech stuff! Thanks for following! :)
Well it has been a WHIRLWIND of a week for me and the family! The hubs and I just returned from a week long trek to Pineville, LA for the 2014 National Whole Brain Teaching Conference! One of the largest (if not THE LARGEST) FREE TEACHERS CONFERENCE in the United States! It....was....amazing! But what else would I expect! It has been amazing for each of the six years I have been involved and a part of the training staff.
Yep that's me...little ole me! On the news! I must admit I had mixed feelings! I was excited to see Whole Brain Teaching make the news BUT I actually sent them OUT of my session! They came back people! They came back! What the heck! LOL! Ok...well at least I was dressed nice :)!
Anywho! During this long, yet amazing, week 1500 teachers came together to learn the techniques that we, affectionately known as Wibbiteers in the WBT community, use in our classrooms to make them FUN, EXCITING, ENGAGING and most of all HIGH ACHIEVING atmospheres. We as a community believe that there is a problem with traditional education. The problems in our schools are GLARING us in the face. With Whole Brain Teaching and the techniques we are sharing, the traditional classroom is fading away...at least in the schools we have been in! We are giving teachers a passion for teaching again and showing that amongst all the testing and state requirements there is still an element of fun and a way to engage not just one part of the students brain...the WHOLE BRAIN!
From classroom management to the three R's...it's covered! I can vouch for the power in WBT personally in my own classrooms as well as countless others who have used it and seen AMAZING RESULTS!
So...during this conference the "CLIP CHART" that is so popular kept coming up! How does WBT fit in with the "clip chart"? What about my fabulous clip chart I had custom made to match my room? Well to put it bluntly...as one of my colleagues did this week...."THROW AWAY THE CLIP CHART ALREADY!"
I have been thinking about this for a while and trying to figure out a way to use it! I might be able to use it here...or here..or what about here? I even told my session of 300 teachers that I was going to try to figure out HOW to use it somewhere in my classroom! Then...I read this article:
Take it or leave it. Make up your own mind! But if you are a full on board WIBBITEER and know the power of the Scoreboard, the Super Improver Wall and Practice Cards when and if you need it then you can truly understand the thoughts behind this article.
Whole Brain Teaching and the classroom management techniques are designed to NOT bring public shame to students yet they are designed to access the limbic system part of the brain where pleasure and pain are controlled. The classroom management strategies deployed with WBT are group oriented, individualized positive reinforcement and when/if the level is needed for individual consequence it is done so in a manner that allows the child to "practice the behaviors" that are proper instead of punishing them for simply "being a kid"!
So what do I think now about my attempts to try and figure out how to implement the "CLIP CHART" into my classroom? Not gonna happen! Me and WBT are gonna be just fine!