Thursday, March 26, 2020

Digital Scoreboard

As I get ready to start remote learning, I have been looking for tools I can use to continue using Whole Brain Teaching. I am so excited to find a free tool https://scorecounter.com/ that allows you to create a digital Scoreboard! This site has a TON of premade scoreboards and allows you to save a custom scoreboard. I was able to load up WBT Avatars, that I use with ClassDojo for SuperImprover, to this blog to customize a WBT Scoreboard. I then saved that scoreboard and created a bitly link that everyone can use. http://bit.ly/wbtscore
My plan is to have this page on it's own, next to my main lesson page, while I teach. Another awesome tool I have used in the regular classroom that I think will help with remote video lessons is https://classroomscreen.com/

I am excited to try this digital scoreboard out and hope it will add class engagement as well as the in class scoreboard. Once we return to school, I plan to keep this page on my phone as a digital traveling Scoreboard. Please let me know if you are able to give it a try and how it works.

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Distance Learning Scoreboard


Wednesday, July 10, 2019


So we have been watching videos, reading the books, reading Facebook group posts and now it is time to get files downloaded, the printer going and planning book open. Time to get ready for the best school year ever!

So what do we NEED to get started with WBT? Here are my must haves to start the year with WBT

1. Need to have some basic knowledge of Whole Brain Teaching

Now more than likely you already have this but just in case you are totally new to Whole Brain Teaching I want to be clear that if you haven't visited WholeBrainTeaching.com and learned the WBT Basics , you should do that FIRST.  You don't need to read EVERY ebook and watch every video to get started but the tools like the Scoreboard will only work if you know the basics of how to use them. I also highly recommend grabbing Chris Biffle's 3 books, especially the newest book, Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids:FastTrack They are all easy reads and great to have on hand during the school year. 

2. Pick Rule Posters to download and print



I shared about the 5 rules and the posters I use here . You can find posters to match many themes on TeachersPayTeachers and if they are the WBT rules they should be free. My favorites are pinned in the WBT Basics Pinterest board.
Follow Whole Brain Teachers's board WBT Basics on Pinterest.

3. Pick a place for the Scoreboard and make traveling Scoreboard

The scoreboard can be just a sad face and a happy face made with marker and the travel scoreboard just a 3 x 5 card. I'm excited to use the 2019 upgrade of the Scoreboard that Coach recently shared 
and will have 3 sections to my scoreboard, about 1 for each hour of class.
I am going to update my traveling scoreboard to be something like this



4. Super Improver Wall/ Peregrine Falcon display

Super Improver is one of my WBT must do's. It is truly amazing how this will change your classroom. For me I do not start giving stars until a couple weeks into school but I want my Super Improver Wall and Peregrine Falcon display up before Day 1 if possible. I use a version with photos of real animals and organize the levels in a rainbow-ish order. You can get the posters I use HERE and here is one version of the cards







5. Create your Games List 

You want to make your Games List near your Scoreboard. You can just write it on your white board, use sentence strips with a pocket chart or use Google Slides and project it on to the main board.
Click on the Whiteboard set up picture below for the WBT First Days Cue Cards I am updating. You can print them on blank 4 x 6 cards or just project from Google Docs
The Games List is basically your schedule with what you are focusing on. Learn more at https://wholebrainteaching.com/beginner/day-one/ and watch Andrea Schindler's Getting Started Periscopes from last year 


6. Print or Download the Power Pix

Visit this post and this Periscope to see why you need PowerPix in your life






As long as you have 1-4 you will be in great shape to start the year using Whole Brain Teaching but I hope you will find 5 and 6 as helpful as I do. I am updating a few more files that I will include here so check soon for updates



Wednesday, June 26, 2019

WBT Wednesday- Classroom Rules

Updated for 2019


The classroom rules are the first cornerstone to me of Whole Brain Teaching and Step 5 of WBT FastTrack.  Classroom rules are usually one of the first things you teach your class on the first day so they are one thing that is not easily changed after the beginning of the school year. That said if you are looking at this information and it is not the beginning of the year changes are your classroom rules are not working so don't be afraid to switch to these rules. 

The best way to master WBT Basics is to teach the Five Classroom Rules. I LOVE the Five Rules because they cover every possible issue that may come up in class with Rule 4 and Rule 5. 
Here is a great set of Rule posters from the official WBT TpT store with the Diamond Rule and updated Rule 5

 Before the Rule 5 update, I used the posters shown in Chris Biffle AKA Coach B's first book, Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids.


Here is my Diamond Rule Poster
The Amazing Andrea Schindler who is on the WBT executive board and runs the Kindergarten Facebook group showed me one rule I do add, The Big Rule: ALWAYS Listen to your Teacher when they are Talking! This rule is key for our younger ones because they can't follow directions they didn't listen to. Here is a PDF for you to use for The Big Rule, just click HERE to download.

There are many posters on TeachersPayTeachers in different themes. These posters should all be free, just search WBT or Whole Brain Teaching. I like having my posters printed and laminated before the first day. To build community and buy in I have my students share out different ways we can follow the rules and ways we would be breaking the rules to create an anchor chart. You could also create posters with your students and guide them to creating these rules. 

Here are  2 videos on the Rules with the updated Rule 5 with WBT Executive Board member Heidi Martin

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Teacher Tech- Student Resource page


One of my EdTech Mentor projects is updating the Technology Resources section of my school website. These are our K-5th grade resourses. What do you think? 
Have you tried out these sites before?

Kiddle is a visual search engine for kids powered by Google, offering safe kids web, image, and video search. Results are vetted by editors

Your child can access most sites with their perminate ID #, their lunch number.  If you need this number, the office or teacher can get it for you.
connect ED icon Reading Curriculum Mc Graw Hill "Wonders"
This website will give you access to what your child is learning in class:

To Log in :
Username:Student Lunch Number pusd (example: 12345pusd)
Password: Student Lunch Number pusd (example: 12345pusd)

Image result for go math iconGo Math website
Go Math is your child's math curriculum. From this website you will find assignments for your child and access activities your child can do to practice their math skills 
To Log on you need to enter your child's I.D# (lunch number)
And the password given to you or the password you created from the temporary password that was sent home


 

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