Irony in its Best Form

Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids Book Talk

Introduction and Chapter 1

How ironic!!! We were given the assignment to imagine we were principals presenting Whole Brain Teaching to our new staff just as I found out I would be getting a new principal at my school next year. This assignment has helped me get my thoughts together as to how I am going to present Whole Brain Teaching to Dr. Reitz.

Today I am going to introduce you to a classroom learning system that is brain friendly, works with students of all ages, and actively involves your students so that they will not have time to exhibit challenging behaviors. Keep in mind that I said “a classroom learning system” not a “classroom behavior management system” or a newly coined name for an “academic program” that has made its way back into the education world. Whole Brain Teaching is exactly what it says…teaching to the whole brain and having the whole brain engaged in the learning process so it does not have time to entertain itself.

I taught for 25 years before I discovered WBT and it changed my teaching life. I always looked forward to summer vacation because I was exhausted from trying to keep my students on task, focused at all times, while also learning all the curriculum that had to be taught. Discovering WBT made each day a vacation…a vacation to teacher heaven. The best part of this vacation is that no matter who you are, no matter how old you are, no matter if you are a boy or a girl, and no matter how long you have taught there is plenty for you to do on this vacation to teacher heaven.

Anyone who wants to go on this vacation with me is welcome….all expenses paid. Please come forward and get your itinerary. Be sure to pick up the one labeled Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids. I look forward to traveling with you.

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  1. I’m in a similar situation too. I am returning to AZ to teach in the district I was in before but I will be at a new school so all new coworkers and admin. I’ve been thinking about how I want to introduce my wbt ways to them.

    • Good luck…I have moved several times in my career and it is always tricky knowing what to do or not to do. My best advice would be to go and do your thing and let them discover you and the wonderful things going on in your room. It will not take long for people to start asking you about it. It only took two days before a teacher asked me about my kids practicing the rules on the wall at recess. Good news spreads fast…Let me know how it goes…

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