After a brief respite from an especially busy fall season, The Reflective Educator is back and ready to dive into another session of introspective analysis. Unlike most of my friends, I do not enjoy getting out on Black Friday and braving the teeming masses of humanity desperately trying to score a bargain. I like bargains. I just don’t like having to get out of bed at 2 a.m. for them. That, and I’m waiting for the guy from Charter to come by my place and fix the modem. It’s kinda hard to blog without speedy Internet access!
What’s It All About?
I took some time off from the blog to re-evaluate the purpose of The Reflective Educator. Was it worth the time each week? Was I really helping anyone? And, to be honest, work just got crazy busy and I felt like something had to give. Y’know? So in an effort to find a balance, I’m going to keep writing posts, but…maybe not every week. We’ll see.
Spreading the Good News
On a positive note, more and more teachers at my district are learning about Whole Brain Teaching. Earlier this month, we hosted another professional development session with a WBT expert – a review of our summer session, but it was well attended. There were even a few teachers from a local parochial school who asked to come because they’d heard about the benefits of Whole Brain Teaching. Progress!
Lesson Plan Template
Next week, we have another session scheduled about lesson design and delivery Whole Brain Teaching style! Almost 30 people have signed up to attend. If last time is any indication, there will be about 5-8 more people sign up the day of the session! (Who plans something like that at the last minute?!) Anyway, since our topic will be about presenting a lesson in the WBT-style, I thought I’d update the 5 Step Lesson Plan Template. While I certainly don’t write every single lesson out in such detail, this format can help teachers understand the basic structure of the Whole Brain Teaching philosophy to presenting a lesson.
I’m grateful for five days off from work during this Thanksgiving break. It gives me time to spend with my family, read a good book, snuggle up with my dog and (most importantly) reflect on all that I have to be thankful for in my life. I won’t bore you with the details, but if you’re reading this post then I’m very thankful for you – for your commitment to education, your drive to be the best teacher you can be and your collegial support and friendship. Thanks…and be careful at the mall!