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The founders of Whole Brain Teaching have put together a selection of powerful teaching techniques that constantly use most of the brain areas, in order to keep the students engaged and 'alive' during the class. I use this term of 'alive' not as an antonym of 'asleep', but rather as a synonym of 'I feel I'm living this moment! I am present, I am alive!'
The core of 7 techniques was called The Big Seven:
It seems like too little to apply in order to keep students engaged, but the truth is that The Big Seven, applied effectively, creates a magical micro-cosm of fun, learning and sharing environment where students feel safe and engaged at all times. And that's not by force!
Remember that metaphor of life being a big theatre play? Well, this is it, in the classroom!
Whole Brain Teaching class
Once the students achieve various levels of involvement, the teacher can give the deserving ones the role of a teacher, in the capacity of a student leader. This status is achieved by good performance, thus it will motivate more students to improve in certain aspects and get to that status as well.
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Here we shall build some lessons to help you improve your writing skills.
Lots of lessons: cause & effect, comparisons, linking signals, relative clauses, presenting information, expressing emotions and grammar games, of course. We had more lessons on: intensifying adverbs and phrasal verbs, expressing various concepts such as addition, exception, restriction and ambiguity. Lately we started some exercises: likes/dislikes, frequency adverbs (twice), verb tenses, etc.
Learn how to build a website, by using the SBI! system - start from the basics, developing a site concept and a niche, supply and demand, learn about profitability and monetization, payment processing, register domain, website structure and content as a pyramid. Also learn about the tools I'm using to build this website. We also covered how to build traffic, working with search engines, building a good system of inbound links, using social marketing and blogs with the SBI system, how to use Socialize It and Form Build It, how to publish an e-zine and how to build a social network in your niche.
We looked at a few games by now: Countable & uncountable nouns, Free Rice, Name That Thing, Spell It, Spelloween, the Phrasal Verbs Game, Preposition Desert, The Sentence Game, Word Confusion, Word Wangling, Buzzing Bees, and The Verb Viper Game.
Be prepared to play and learn more pretty soon.