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I'm honoured to be able to introduce Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) to you here. If you want to manage your students more effectively, still in a fun and engaging way and deliver your class so that it goes straight into their long-term memory bank, read on. Apply and enjoy!
Why was WBT introduced and why do you think it got so popular in the last half a century?
The beauty of the WBT secret is its simplicity: if a student's whole brain is engaged in learning, then there isn't any area left over for challenging behaviour. Think about it...
When we revert to punishing challenging behaviour it's not because we want to, but because we can't find anything else to do about it. But if we look at their challenging behaviour from the student's angle with sufficient compassion and understanding, we can realise that most of the challenging kids genuinely want to be part of the class. That's why they're trying so hard to get everyone's attention. They have a lot of energy for this disruptive activity, but... if you know how, you can put this energy to good use in the learning arena. WBT brings the tools.
The Whole Brain Teaching system was designed with two goals in mind: classroom management and effective teaching. To address the difficulty of the various methods applied by the teacher going stale in time, WBT is set up in levels, like a video game. If you stay at each level as long as you can (for weeks and even months at a time, before introducing a new level), you can make your teaching fun beyond October, January and even May! It's a long year...
The WBT year-long classroom management system is organised on 6 levels of teacher-student interaction, which are meant to keep everyone in check even during the most challenging times. They range from the most simple of methods to more and more complex. However, it is estimated that 80% of classroom management problems can be solved at the first 2 levels.
Apart from this we have 7 daily techniques, called The Big Seven, to implement in order to constantly use most of the students' brain areas during each class, no matter on the subject you're teaching.
The WBT system is devised as a big, lively game, full of rewards and penalties, just like in a boardgame of Monopoly. Traditional teaching is based on a game as well, a dry one, where students see the rewards and penalties only after some tests or exams or at the end of the term, when they need to take their points home to their parents, in the form of marks on some test papers or in a Student Passport, etc. That's boring and off-putting.
With the WBT game you keep your students tiptoed virtually every minute, dashing to and fro on the Scoreboard, in a race for more rewards. You reward personal improvement, rather than some competitive, unfriendly behaviour. Even the penalties are entertaining, thus keeping the students' brains constantly engaged. Everybody in your class knows that the more they accumulate individual rewards, these are accumulated collectively for the whole class and then they are all getting to share the fun at the end. The fun will be something like a game of Mind Soccer, Word Bingo or other games the teacher considers useful.
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