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Starting Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) 02 Jun 2009 05:37 #1173

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Hey there from Texas!

First let me say the conference in Lake Worth was awesome! I loved it! For the teachers that went with me, it was nice to sit back and say to myself "SEE I AM NOT CRAZY!" LOL!
Thanks so much to Biffle and Jay for the great conference and to Lake Worth for hosting!

So on to now!

I start teaching summer school on Monday, June 8, with those kindergarteners that are going on to first grade but need some extra work before moving on! I have already implemented alot of the WBT stuff into the class as I was teaching in Kinder in the after noons for the last 5 weeks of school. It was amazing the difference in their behavior from the morning teacher and with me. They were responsive, attentive, and relaxed! I was amazed. So...I am looking forward to starting Monday and keeping you all updated over the next 8 weeks. This is an awesome opportunity to tweak all my mistakes out before starting the new year (my first in Kindergarten). I should have it down pat by the time August comes!

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Re:Starting Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) 07 Jul 2009 03:54 #1425

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So how did your Summer School experience go?
I am interested to know!

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Re:Starting Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) 03 Aug 2009 13:09 #1767

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Ok...first let me say I am so sorry for leaving you hanging! I literally JUST FINISHED SUMMER SCHOOL! LOL! So much for teachers having summers off! Open House for the new year is Thursday and I am desperately working 12 hour days to get my classroom cleaned up and ready for the new year!

So how did WBT and summer school go?

Well...

I am happy to announce that the rules were a success...no major discipline issues and 9/10 students in summer school are promoting to the 1st grade! The one that is not was caught early in summer school and instead of waste his summer and burn him out we recognized that he was so far behind that repeating would be the best thing for him. He wasn't a behavior issue he just really got the raw end of the carrot with the teaching situation in that room last year! It's sad to say that it the schools fault but I know that with him going to the "higher" kindergarten and catching up he may even get to "pull out" for some things into the 1st grade class and then move on to 2nd grade!

I AM SOLD on the WBT! I must say that even my principal who was a major skeptic because of his traditional direct teaching methods was impressed. The participation from the students, the retention of information, and the behavior of these students (who if you remember were the WORST OF THE WORST) was overwhelming to him! I don't know that he will adopt this teaching method for the school but then again I think that he would have to get rid of some teachers who think this stuff is nuts and I am just as nutty for doing it!

I have already had complaints about the Class/Yes from the kindergarten teacher next door when she was up at school this summer working...she even took them to the principal. I tell you the woman is out to get me! And I hardly know her! LOL! I personally think she is worried that she might actually have a fellow kinder teacher that can keep up with her.

The kids that are coming into my class this coming year are already expected to perform low. Due to the policy of grouping our classes "homogeneously" I will have what is considered the "low performing" group from our pre-k kids that promoted. I only have 3 new students not familiar with our school so personally I think that I am way ahead of the game. Her class has ALWAYS been the highest scoring students on our Spring tests but I tell you here and now...with WBT my kids are going to soar! I am so stoked about starting the year off! Now that I am comfortable with WBT I am ready to rock and roll!

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Farrah Shipley
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Re:Starting Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) 04 Aug 2009 03:06 #1769

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I'm excited to use WBT this year also. I got to try it the last week of summer school, and the kids (kdg.) loved it!

I'm trying to get my room ready while getting my mind ready to use WBT completely this year. Let's post back and forth how it's going.

Have a great year! :cheer:
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Re:Starting Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) 04 Aug 2009 07:42 #1776

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I agree with you. The Lakeworth conference was great. Did you see the Kindergarten teacher who presented the rainforest lesson? I can still remember the four levels of the rainforest and I've never taught it before. I was a first grade teacher. Now, I'm in third. I am happy to hear it is working for you thus far. That makes me feel hopeful about the upcoming school year when it is time for me to implement WBT with third gaders.
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Re:Starting Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) 06 Aug 2009 11:26 #1816

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My class last year was similar to what you are now facing. Let me tell you, it was my favorite class. I saw so much growth in my students and I attribute much of it to WBT. This year I plan on adding Biffytoons...if you have not yet seen them, check out Biffytoons in the downloadable section of this website.

Some teachers are resistant, it is just a fact. Continue to do what you know to be right for your students...This year you students will be "Leaders!"
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Re:Starting Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) 09 Aug 2009 15:42 #1884

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OMG yes the conference was so much fun...well for me anyway...the other teachers who went just thought the whole thing was crazy...some people are just so resistant to change.

And for the last poster....your right..my students will be the shining stars! LOL!

What I am most excited about is the group of children I am getting is already expected to do poorly (not by me but by administration)....and boy what a SHOCK it will be when we outshine the other kinder class....

BRING IT ON WITH WBT!
Farrah Shipley

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Re:Starting Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) 10 Aug 2009 01:24 #1890

Hello to All!
I attended the WBT conference in Sacramento last week, and LOVED IT!!! It was gratifying to see so many adults in one room, some were just there for the professional development hours, but there were many who embraced what Mr. Biffle was teaching, and I was among them. I am a special education teacher, having taught both SDC and RSP students in the past. This program is going to change the way I teach and I know it will help with test scores. It is so important that students feel valued and that expecations are high. This program will allow me to do both.

The conference was a blast, and I was very, very disappointed that there were not more teachers there. I have a split schedule at the moment, teaching 7th and 8th graders in the morning at one school, and K-6 pull-out at another school in the afternoon. I am currently trying to secure a position where I can be at one school all day long, but regardless of where I am on Sept. 8th, WBT will be my thing.....:P I am so excited to start.....and wish everyone a wonderful school year....I know mine will be!
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Re:Starting Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) 10 Aug 2009 14:24 #1908

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A comment on the Biffytoons--there are FANTASTIC!
The first year I taught Kindergarten I followed the curriculum required 18 words--using the Biffytoons--and ALL students learned them. It was so successful that as a kinder team my partners and I decided to teach all 48. I have to say that a majority of my kinders learn all 48--but the "lowest" was 35. Which is incredible--considering that "grade level" is only the 18 required words. Use them--you won't be disappointed!!
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Andrea's List For Starting WBT With Kinders! 10 Aug 2009 14:42 #1911

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Here is Andrea's much requested list of suggestions for starting the year off with Whole Brain Teaching in kindergarten.

How to Start Your Year Off Power Teaching in Kindergarten
(Note: More details on the below may be found in "Teaching Challenging Elementary Kids" a free download on this site; Andrea Schindler's kindergarten video, and WBT Lessons 1-9, videos available on this site.)

Day One:
Class Yes!
Rule #1: Follow directions quickly. (Gesture: Raise one finger and then swim the same hand rapidly through the air in front of you.)
Scoreboard Game
Hands and Eyes!
Criss Cross Applesauce
Bubble in you mouth
Lines, Lines, Lines
Seats, Seat, Seats
Cubbies, Cubbies, Cubbies
Backpacks, Backpacks, Backpacks

Day Two:
Practice all the routines introduced so far
Rule #2: Raise your hand for permission to speak. (Gesture: Raise two fingers and then turn your fingers into a talking mouth.)
Tell your neighbor
It’s cool
Ten finger woo

Day Three:
Practice all the routines introduced so far
Rule #3: Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat. (Gesture: Raise three fingers and then walk two fingers through the air.)

Day Four:
Practice all the routines introduced so far
Rule #4: Make smart choices. (Gesture: Raise four fingers and then tap your temple three times with one finger.)

Day Five:
Practice all the routines introduced so far
Rule #5: Keep your dear teacher happy. (Gesture: Raise five fingers and then frame your mouth with both hands and make a big smile as you wag your head back and forth.)

Week 2:
Practice all the routines introduced so far
Weekly Stars (When students get 10 stars, which usually takes about a week, they earn a special reward, like a five minute game of "Mind Soccer," a free download on this site.)
Individual Pocket Chart for Positive Reinforcement: Practice Cards (see "Free Downloads" on this site)

Week 3:
Practice all the routines introduced so far
Individual Pocket Chart for Individual Consequences

“Milestones to Reach for Further Routines”:

*If you have used the individual pocket chart and still have a select group of students who are exhibiting undesired behaviors, use the independents group

*Once students are comfortable with “Tell your neighbor”, move to “Teach! Okay!”, with both students talking

*Once students are comfortable with “Teach! Okay!” add in the ‘Switch’!’

*Once students are comfortable with the “Teach! Okay!”, teach the students the Crazy Professor (a video available on this site; free download coming soon).
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Re:Starting Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) 11 Aug 2009 03:59 #1915

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Thank you dear sir :)
Farrah Shipley

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Re:Starting Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) 11 Aug 2009 06:08 #1918

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Biff! You rock:) Thanks for getting that up here;)
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Re:Starting Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) 12 Aug 2009 02:05 #1951

I love the Biffytoons! I so wish I had known about this program last school year, I was working with a 4th grade student who knew 3 sight words and was having considerable difficulty in his general ed. language arts class...BIG SURPRISE! I can not wait to implement this program in September.
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Re:Starting Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) 16 Aug 2009 08:41 #2053

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I agree Kathryn! Our curriculum only requires 18 sight words, but then (from what I've heard) there are about 200 in first! What a jump! So as a kinder team we decided to teach all 48 Biffytoons and the kiddos are picking it up so quickly! I love it:laugh:
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Re:Starting Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) 22 Jul 2011 09:36 #6704

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how do i access biffytoons?
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Re:Starting Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) 22 Jul 2011 13:17 #6706

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Biffytoons can be found under free downloads. They heve their own separate book titled Biffytoons. They are great! They have color and black and white pictures as well as Biffytoons Bingo. They are great! Let me know if you have any trouble finding them.

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Re: Andrea's List For Starting WBT With Kinders! 17 Jul 2012 18:32 #11295

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Are there any videos or tips for the following:

Criss Cross Applesauce
Bubble in you mouth
Lines, Lines, Lines
Seats, Seat, Seats
Cubbies, Cubbies, Cubbies
Backpacks, Backpacks, Backpacks
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