Whole Brain Teaching

As the year progresses, you may notice that our classroom doesn’t run like other classrooms. We will be learning through Whole Brain Teaching -a research based system that utilizes all areas of the brain, keeps children engaged throughout their lessons, and helps them retain much more information than the standard lecture- discussion model.

Whole Brain Teaching is a highly interactive form of instruction that delivers information to students in short “chunks.” Kids then teach what they have just learned to their partners, using hand-gestures to help remember specific vocabulary. While students teach each other, the teacher walks around the room to discover who understands the lesson and who needs more instruction.

Research shows that children retain more information when they have an opportunity to put it into their own words and use gestures to emphasize key instructional units ... plus, it's amazingly fun!

Click the link below for more information on Whole Brain Teaching!


Rules

  1. Follow directions quickly
  2. Raise your hand for permission to speak
  3. Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat
  4. Make smart choices
  5. Keep your dear teacher happy

Diamond Rule: Keep your eyes on the target!

If students fail to follow the rules they will be asked to practice the rule that was broken during recess for 1 minute. This time may increase if broken multiple times. Students will bring the note below home for it to be signed. If it is not signed the student will practice during recess until the note is signed.

If a student is following directions and going above and beyond a letter of praise will be sent home.

Super Improvers Wall

Throughout the year students will have the opportunity to improve over 100 times. They can make improvements on their behavior, attitude, responsibility, academics, etc. There is a ten step ladder in place to track their improvements. Each time a student improves they will receive a sticker toward their improvement chart. Once they have received ten stickers they move to the next step on the ladder. All students will start at the beginner step and work towards the genius step at the top. Each time they move up on the ladder they will be rewarded either with a coupon or more responsibility in the classroom.