Scoreboard is a technique you can use with your students to effectively manage classroom behaviors and engage students’ emotions in school. This is a vital piece of Whole Brain Teaching and should be introduced as soon as possible with your students. On this page you will find resources and information for how to successfully use this important part of the Whole Brain Teaching system in your own classroom. ~Sally
Introduction to the Scoreboard
If you’re new to using Whole Brain Teaching, I would encourage you to watch this video by Chris Biffle. He is the founder and director of Whole Brain Teaching. This introductory video was created during a live webinar.
One of the principles of Whole Brain Teaching is that teachers should have a “big back pocket” of strategies they can use all year long. What works wonderfully in September will simply not be very effective in December. This is due to the process of habituation. The only way to fight it is to vary your system throughout the year. However, you don’t want to change your Scoreboard every day or even week. Use a variation as long as you possibly can before introducing another one. After all, it’s a very long time until May!
- Marker Move
- Drum Roll
- Beat the Clock
- Vertical Morphin’ Scoreboard
- Horizontal Morphin’ Scoreboard
- Team Scoreboard
- Mystery Road
- Scoreboard Rewards
If you have a smartphone and don’t mind paying a few bucks, you can purchase the Scoreboard app from iTunes. It’s convenient to use if you want to mark the Scoreboard when you are outside your classroom such as recess or walking in the hallway. For more information about using the Scoreboard with your own students, you can read my blog post or Chapter 11 in Chris Biffle’s book Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids.