Sparking Student Motivation: Whole Brain Teaching - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Sparking Student Motivation: Whole Brain Teaching

Happy Saturday!! I'm linking up with my BBB Joanne for her fun linky!
Before I get busy in this post, I wanted to share with you my Writer's Notebook, which I referenced in this Sparking Motivation Post back in June. Don't forget to grab the freebie from that post to have your kids make their own! :)

Now onto this week's true post! I am so excited about implementing Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) this year! I've done bits and pieces of it all along, but next year I'm going full-force. Make sure to check out their website if you aren't familiar or are looking for more details. One of the first steps is teaching Class-Yes to the students. It's an attention-getter to bring everyone back together and to YOU. You say, "Class?" and they say, "Yes!" - but they have to say it however you said it. If you said it loud, they say it loud. If you used a funny voice, they must imitate the voice. I found some other fun attention-getters on Pinterest that I'm going to use as well to change things up sometimes:
I'm going to print this to put on the board for MYSELF... but I might have to re-do it because collaborate is spelled wrong. (Is anyone else bothered by this!? LOL... OCD strikes again.)

Another "First Step" is the rules of the class. I will teach these and post these for the purpose of the management piece of it, but I also like to have my class create norms in the beginning of the year. We read over the norms every morning to start the day on the right foot. To get a set of adorable (FREE!) WBT Rules signs, hop over to Rachel Lamb's TPT store. These are the ones I'll be using!

Ok, seriously I could go on and on, but I'll stop here. The whole program itself is a great way to keep kids motivated because the idea is to keep them engaged. If you want to read more, check out their website, and honestly, just google "Whole Brain Teaching" and teacher blogs will come up! :) I'll let you know how it all goes for me periodically thoughout the year!

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  1. Thanks for sharing the rules freebie. I am going to implement the "Class, Yes" system at the start of the year with my kiddos. I'm looking forward to trying it out.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  2. I've read a bit about WBT and this sparks my interest. I guess I'll be reading even more today! Thanks for the inspiration. :)
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  3. Thanks for the reminder about the journal decoration assignment. That's such a great idea!

    Fluent in Fourth

  4. Have you seen these videos on YouTube?? They are AWESOME! I'm starting WBT this year too so I've been doing a lot of research this summer. Let me know what works for you and I'll do the same!

  5. I LOVE the Whole Brain Teaching signals-they were so effective for my class last year. Up until last year I always used "Give Me Five" and it worked, but not near as quickly as the Class-Yes. I want to incorporate more of WBT next year.
    **I also used HIGH-HEEL attention signal! haha :O) (That's my favorite of course!)
    Thanks for linking up and sharing! This is very motivating to kids!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  6. I have only read about WBT on people's blogs so thanks for the link. I will have to look into it - I really like those attention getters!

  7. I love using attention-getters with my class!
    Here's a list I use that I found on Pinterest WBT Attention Getters (without any typos!)That would bug me too! :)
    Towards the end of the year, I let students submit suggestions for attention getters. If their submission gets chosen, they get a little treat :) The kids LOVED it!

    Joy in the Journey

  8. I've seen a lot of things out there for Whole Brain Teaching, but I have yet to check it out. I might need to. :)

    - Pam
    Moments to Teach

  9. Oh, I'm TOTALLY gonna use that "Stop"------>"Collaborate and listen" That's a hoot! Plus, it'll give me an excuse to play some Vanilla Ice (in da house!) so they "get" it. : )

    Teaching Powered by Caffeine

  10. We've been using these in my classroom for the last couple years! It's important to switch it up a bit, because it's easy to get stuck in a rut saying "Class...yes?" over and over til the kids tune it out! I ended up making up a bunch of them last year so we could have a new one for different special occasions...but I never wrote them down. Sigh.

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  11. Hey Jivey! I used a few WBT practices in my classroom last year and loved it! Especially gestures and the rules! I am hoping to incorporate more this year! Last year I did class-yes and the rules consistently. I definitely want to get better with teach-ok.

    The Gemini Teacher

  12. I'm looking forward to following your Whole Brain Teaching journey. I think I can start in my classroom with the ideas you've shared here. Thanks!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  13. Okay, that is freaky! My post for Saturday was all about decorating student writing journals! I knew many teachers are getting ready for BTS and thought it would be great to revisit. I had Joanne link me up and am just now getting around to catching up on some reading:) Great minds!!
    I keep hearing about WBT but know very little. I would love to read more about it, so thank you for the link! :)
    Fourth Grade Flipper


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