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!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

starting to show progress

It has been a few days since I had put in the new brain toys.  Check them out at students are starting to get the hang out it.  The for example is still a big concept, as well as, the adder.  Both of these toys are going to take time.  I have to say that my students really do love the air period and because slapper.  I actually saw some of them doing it while taking their math O.A.A. If you can train your students to do these things, it becomes second nature.  When that starts happening, you start getting results.  The last 3 days I have not had to say give me a complete answer.  That is a big deal to me.  As a teacher, I need my voice!  The less I have to use it, the longer I am going to last.  

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Brain toys day 2....they are starting to get it

Today was a great day.  After we took our state test, after, we reviewed our brain toys.  All of my students were saying how they wanted to "boop" after they wrote a period on their test.  It was great that all I had to do is salute my students and they knew to answer completely.  My students love the air period.  I believe that the "adder" is our biggest struggle thus far.  This is going to get easier with time!  I think that they are so used to just giving the answer, it is hard for them to explain it.  More updates to come....check out the brain toys......

Monday, April 25, 2011


Today I introduced the first 6 brain toys to my students. Check them out as the master presents them on live stream Question/Answer, Adder, Concluder, air period, because slapper, and for example.  I would say that it was an experience that I will never forget.  I love the salute because it saves my voice.  Instead of saying "I need a complete sentence/ give me a complete answer" all I have to do is salute.  The concluder is going to catch on rather quickly.  The air period is by far the class favorite.  We even came up with a gesture and sound to go with the air question mark.  We make an air question mark with are right hand and say hmmm after we answer the question. 

I will have to say that this is the hardest thing that I have introduced with whole brain teaching.   This makes me want to continue to work with it.  I feel that this is going to propel my class to the next level in writing.  My students are definably going to have a good time with this as they have fun with all of the whole brain teaching methods. As the Japanese say Gambatte "persevere and don't give up" I will keep you up to date as I review it tomorrow.

p.s. Tomorrow is our state testing for reading.  I know that whole brain teaching has prepared my class for greatness.  Tomorrow we will prove that whole brain is a little crazy and different, but it helps accomplish the ultimate goal of educate!!!!

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Are you tired of raising you voice?  Asking student to quite down or I need your attention?  Then do something about it! Class-yes has completely change my classroom and it can change yours! What is class-yes? visit to get started.  This will change your classroom and allow you to have fun getting your students attention instead of it taking forever.  We as teachers need every second we can possibly get.
How many of you wish that you could control some of the things that come out of your students month's?  Well teach-okay is the way for you to do it.  You can find background information for teach-okay at  I know that this is an easy way for me to control what my students are saying.  At first, my students had no idea what to expect.  Most of them were confused why I was allowing them to talk to each other during class.  I knew that I had won them over.

I have taken teach-okay one step farther.  When it is the 1's turn to talk they will stand up and vise versus.  This is allowing me to understand who is doing and saying what they are suppose to.  I have also research that standing up give extra blood flow to the brain.  The brain is what I am trying to shape, so it just made sense.  My students enjoy the moments when they get to teach and love teaching one another.  If I ever see someone off task, I go over and start to repeat the information again.  I have my students repeat the information as many times as they possibly can before they say switch.  I figure the more times they say it, the more likely they are to remember it

Adding your own special touch

I started with the class-yes and my students loved it!  However, I needed to add my own special touch to it.  I came up with Yo Yo- What's Up.  When I say Yo Yo my class says what's up.  This is a great way to relate to my students at their level.  Using slang in a good positive way.....try it out!


I am a third grade teacher at Emerson Academy in Dayton, Ohio.  The majority of the student 98% are on free and reduce lunches.  School is the last thing they are thinking about.  I wanted to teach in a way that was different from those in the building.  What did I decide to do....become a whole brain teacher! I did this by watching all of the videos at
If you want to be inspired to become a whole brain the videos.  I encourage you to be the best of the best in a profession that needs the best individuals in it.  If you want to be average, find a different profession, if you want to be great....visit