It’s finally here! Today is the last day of another school year for me, my students and colleagues. Were there days when I wondered if May would ever arrive? Of course, but mostly this was a great year of learning for both my students and myself. At times I questioned my sanity for taking on a blog in the middle of a school year, but I’m glad I listened to my friends and family and did it anyway.
The Whole Brain Teaching Book
I’ve shared several times about my novice attempts at using Whole Brain Teaching strategies in my classroom this year. I can honestly say that I absolutely, unequivocally LOVED it! The Whole Brain Teaching founder and guru, Chris Biffle, has organized the foundational information about implementing WBT in a new paperback book called Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids. My copy arrived on my doorstep this week…and I can hardly put it down. I know I’m supposed to be exhausted as the end of the school year approaches (I am.), but this is truly revolutionary stuff!
Summer Action Plan
Fortunately, summer school begins in 2 weeks and I plan to use that time as my own personal educational laboratory as I practice many of the teaching strategies in the Whole Brain system. Then, I’m going to finish reading the book before going back and examining in detail specific chapters such as the other levels of the classroom management system that I never got to experiment with this year. I will also visit their website and watch as many of their archived webcast videos as I can. I feel doubly blessed that the state co-directors for WBT have agreed to present a 3-hour workshop this summer at my district for my colleagues. I’m hoping to ask them specific questions I might still have as I consider my next steps in using WBT.
Whole Brain Teaching Certification
I will also be pursuing certification, which brings me to the real focus of this post. Since WBT is a grassroots effort, and not the result of a corporation or educational think tank, becoming certified takes a more pragmatic but very effective approach. As a teacher begins to use WBT in her classroom she can gain certification points in a variety of ways but the primary means is to post comments on their forum, or…on their own blog. Grin. With that said, my future posts for the foreseeable future will focus on my experiences, delights, frustrations and challenges with using the Whole Brain Teaching method in my classroom.
Hopes for the Future
I can’t remember being this excited about something new in education in a long time. I know I have a lot to learn and this is only the beginning, but I’m looking forward to the growth my students will gain from a teaching philosophy that engages their whole brain in a fun and interactive way. Of course I will be taking time to enjoy my summer vacation so my “batteries” are properly re-charged when it’s time to start a new school year. May your summer be fun-filled and relaxing, but I also hope you look forward to doing it all over again in August with high hopes for your students.