Saturday, August 12, 2023

Digital Scoreboard

As Coach explains in the 2nd edition of Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids, the Scoreboard is now Turtle vs Hawk. Here is the update Scorecounter link


Here are some updated graphics


Original post March 2020: 
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 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.
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

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


Saturday, August 5, 2023

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 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 books, especially the newest book, Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids-2nd Edition. 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 official WBT rules and the new early ed version! 

You can get posters for all the official versions of the rules on TPT here. I originally shared more about the 5 rules and the posters I made here. 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 latest upgrade of the Scoreboard that is  shared here that is Turtle vs Hawk. The latest version features the sad Emo Turtle but you can also use Surfboard Emo. 

During distance learning and on my phone for a traveling scoreboard I used a digital scoreboard and I updated it to be Turtle vs Hawk

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 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 page 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

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Whole Brain Teaching- Where to Start?


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
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

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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