I think Chris and I could be good friends because we’re certainly on the same page when it comes to engaging children in a meaningful. I hope to attend one of his workshops and learn more!
WBT’s Big Seven:
1. The Attention Getter: Class-Yes!
Teacher says, “Class!” and children respond, “Yes!”
2. The Organizer: Rehearse Classroom rules with gestures.
3. The Whole Brain Activator: Teach/Okay
Teach briefly and then clap your hands and say,
“Teach!” Students turn to a neighbor and using
gestures reteach the information.
4. The Motivator: The Scoreboard
Use a Smiley/Frowny diagram on the board to keep
students engaged. When students are off task put a
point under the frowny. When they are participating
put a point under the smiley.
5. The Class Unifier: Mirror
Teacher holds up hands and says, “Mirror!” as she
makes gestures. Students say, “Mirror!” and mimic
6. The Focuser: Hands and Eyes
When the teacher has something important to say she
says, “Hands and eyes!” Students fold their hands
and stare intensely at the teacher.
7. The Involver: Switch
Count class off in ls and 2s. After Teach-Okay, the
1s teach with gestures and the 2s mirror the
gestures. After “Switch!” is called students change
I think it’s interesting to reflect on the biological aspects of the brain from Zull’s research with the practical applications from Biffle. Have I bored you with all this brain research? Well, come back tomorrow and I’ll “switch” to more fun ideas for your classroom!