Saturday, May 21, 2011

New videos on my other blog

I have been asked not to advertise these as whole brain teaching.  I have taken WBT ideas and took them to another level. Check them out at

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Living the Dream

My class is finally started to get the hang of the for example.  I was able to use it today! I asked my class for examples of types of force.  They did a great job of giving me several different examples.  I actually had a request for blackboard usage today.....was very pumped up.  Mr. Fallis' can we get out our blackboard.....I gave my student a big whoop there it is!  Vocabulary power pixs might be taking over the k-3rd grades at my school.  .....WBT is where it is at!!!!  Check them out at ebook downloads at

Make it happen

Monday, May 9, 2011

The bull's eye game

I have almost made it through all of the levels of the scoreboard this year.  When you have a group of challenging students, you have to go with the flow.  I introduced the bull's eye game to my students today and they are definably on board with it.  Check it out at  (  I have a few particular students who need to fell more ownership over their actions.  I do still have the regular scoreboard up to continue to applaud my class for their efforts. 

In other news, my students are starting to really grasp the concept of the brain toys.  They are using them constantly with little reminders or guidance from me.  The brain toys have brought my class to a completely different level.  Make it happen in your classroom.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Another great day of WBT

Today, I had the opportunity to teach all 77 of our third graders at once.  Tomorrow, we are going on a field trip to the zoo.  I decided to use this opportunity to showcase WBT to my fellow third grade teachers....once again it proved itself.  It was amazing how much class-yes worked with such a large group.  I love the fact that I can walk into any classroom at anytime and immediately have the attention of everyone in the room.  Next, I did hands and eyes as I was introducing animals to the students.  More success!  I kept rolling with the punches and tried out gestures and booooooommmmmm all 75 students were engaged.  I loved every second of it.  I even had the opportunity of showing them the blackboard brain toys.  Made it another great day to be a whole brain teacher! 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Making it Happen!

Everyone wants to know if whole brain teaching helps your test scores.  In my case, it has help set a level of expectation.  I just got back my normative data and my students grew 130% in math, 120% in reading and 150% in language usage.  This is not even counting the amazing individuals gains.  I had one student in my class improve 225% in reading.  If that doesn't make you want to try whole brain teaching...I don't know what will.......check it out at

make it a great day

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Brain toys...blackboards, hand puppets and props

Yesterday, I introduce these new brain toys to my class and they were an instant hit!  I have already had so many request to continue their uses.  I personally feel that my students are excited to use these brain toys than the rest.  I do have to admit that I changed them from blackboards to whiteboards.  The kids really love getting them out.  I have began to use them to "take notes"  The students take their notes on their blackboard and then they explain their notes why they teach.  The hand puppets were the fan favorite.  They were so excited to get our new class set. lol....I have them giving hand puppet oh yeahs for the score board.  The props did very well too.  I actually had one person do a really swell job of using their pencils to explain the layers of soil.

As far as the other brain toys are students are still struggling with the for example, but the adder is coming right along.  I am super pumped to continue the use of brain toys in my classroom.  For more information about the brain toys visit.... you don't give them a try you will never experience the benefits of whole brain teaching brain toys.....please check out the website it will be a blast for you and your students.

Saturday, April 30, 2011


If you did not tune in for the whole brain teaching web cast, you can still watch it at 

This week was a great experience with the first six brain toys.  The salute has really saved my voice and having to repeat myself multiple times.  The air period is a huge success.  We have even created the air question (draw a question mark and hmm), air exclamation point (draw a ! and make a sizzle sound), the concluder has all ready made a huge difference in my students writing.  I believe that next year is going to be even better.  For example, still seems to be a problem.  The adder is going to take some time.  As Jeff said today, practice makes permanent!  The because slapper is my students favorite because (slap) it give them a chance to be more interactive with their writing.  I say all of my student doing the because slapper while taking their state test. AMAZINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!  I am determined to be the best whole brain teacher ever and these are helping to accomplish my goals.

On Monday, I will be starting the next 3 brain toys. (Air blackboard, sockless hand puppets and props)  I am looking forward to giving my students another opportunity to present material to their partners.  I am positive that this will be fun and exciting for my students.  The boys in my class have truly benefited from all of the brain toys thus far.   Check them out at

I hope that you will implement just a piece of WBT in your classroom and watch it become a masterpiece.  If you have any question please let me know.

Make it a great day!