Wednesday, June 17, 2020

WBT Where to Start? Getting Ready


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 our Attention Getter Class/Yes 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. You don't have to have the books to get started but they are all easy reads and great to have on hand during the school year.

2. Pick Rule Posters to download and print

I love the new official WBT rules!  


I shared more about the 5 rules and the posters I use here but I need to update that post with the newest, 2020, Rule 5: Make our dear team stronger. There are a ton of versions on Teachers Pay Teachers but be sure they are free and that they have the 2020 Rule 5 like the official ones or the Bitmoji version

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 is  shared here 
and if we go back to school in person will have 3 sections to my scoreboard, about 1 for each hour of class.

During distance learning and on my phone for a traveling scoreboard I used a digital scoreboard.

You can also make a simple traveling scoreboard to have on your lanyard 



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. They are also in Spanish :) 




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 by watching Andrea Schindler's Getting Started Periscopes from 2018 & 2019. The Periscopes are listed with some screenshots on the WBTKinderGettingStarted doc


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



Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Teacher Tech- Student Resource page


One of my EdTech Mentor projects is updating the Technology Resources section of my school website. These are some of our K-5th grade resources. I also made a TK Tech page and a Teacher Tech Tips pageWhat 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)


Go 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


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.

Visit https://www.instagram.com/wbtwithmrso/ for a video and the  most current posts about Scoreboard and all things WBTwithMrsO



Distance Learning Scoreboard


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Whole Brain Teaching- Where to Start?

UPDATED 2020

Whether you are new to Whole Brain Teaching or have used WBT for years there is soooo much that is new each year it is easy to feel overwhelmed. I have been using WBT since it was Power Teaching and there is always something new to add to the WBT tool belt. There are just soooo many wonderful ebooks, videos and ideas! Where do you start? When do you start what? What if it is not the beginning of the school year? Can you still start WBT? So many questions but no worries, we can do this!

With Chris Biffle's newest book Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids: Fast Track: Seven Steps to Teaching Heaven, all the amazing Whole Brain Teaching tools have been organized into seven steps. If you are brand new to Whole Brain Teaching, you may only use the first 2 steps or even only Step 1 and I promise you it will be life changing! I of course recommend grabbing all 3 of Coach B's books and using all the tools WBT offers but you can get started right now for FREE, even if the school year has already started, even if you are on break or not in the classroom :)

Step 1 is Super Improver and all you really need is some index cards and a pen. All the info you need to get started is at https://wholebrainteaching.com/intermediate/super-improvers-team/
If Super Improver in the classroom is not exciting enough, there is also Super Improver Family edition! Find out more on the official FaceBook page videos page under the Super Improver playlist and the Super Improver Facebook group
I will share more soon about how I use Super Improver in my classroom and at home.

Step 2 is Character Education and is my favorite part of WBT. Again you can get started for free on the official WBT page and be sure to grab the Character Ed ebook at TpT :) SEL, Social Emotional Learning, is so very important and I believe vital to every classroom, and in PreK and TK it is a part of our Learning Foundations. Whole Brain Teaching makes character education so easy to implement and a part of every school day.
Start your WBT journey with these two steps. Once you are ready to dive deeper, move on to Steps 3, 4 and 5. Ready to dive really deep? Add Step 6 and 7.

Step 3 is Master WBT Basics. This is the How to Teach part of WBT and the part that takes the most time to implement. I can't imagine teaching without the WBT Basics and each year feel a tiny bit closer to mastering these always improving tools.

Step 4 is Gamify Classroom Rules.


Step 5 is Play Scoreboard
https://wholebrainteaching.com/intermediate/scoreboard/



Step 6 is Reforming Bleoved Rascals




Step 7 is Activate Power Ups

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Teacher Tech Tuesday

Updated 2019

Here you will find my main Teacher Tech Tuesday posts and this is the place to link your TeacherTech posts too! We all love tech and teaching let's share about tech that helps us teach. It could be an old post or a new post about technology in the classroom or technology that helps you prepare for the classroom. 

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