As the year progresses, you may notice that our classroom doesn’t run like other classrooms. We will be learning through Whole Brain Teaching, a research based system that utilizes all areas of the brain, keeps children engaged throughout their lessons, and helps them retain much more information than the standard lecture-discussion model.
Whole Brain Teaching is a highly interactive form of instruction that delivers information to students in short “chunks.” Kids then teach what they have just learned to their partners, using hand-gestures to help remember specific vocabulary. While students teach each other, the teacher walks around the room to discover who understands the lesson and who needs more instruction.
Research shows that children retain more information when they have an opportunity to put it into their own words and use gestures to emphasize key instructional units …plus, it’s amazingly fun! For more information about Whole Brain Teaching please contact me, come by for a classroom visit and/or go to www.WholeBrainTeaching.com.
Students have learned the 5 Basic rules for the classroom and the hand gestures that go along with:
- Listen when your teacher is talking
- Follow directions quickly
- Respect others, respect yourself, respect your school
- Raise your hand to speak or stand (walk around)
- Be safe, be kind, be honest
- Make Smart Choices
We have spent quality time thinking critically about why they think each rule is important. The primary answer is so that we have a safe and fun environment where learning can take place! If a student violates a rule, instead of yelling or calling out that student in front of their peers, I simply say the rule number that is being violated and the students say that rule out loud.
Here is an example of a classroom that uses Whole Brain Teaching and is very similar to how I instruct: