Monday, October 21, 2013

Book Club for Me

I'm so excited! And I just can't hide it!

This afternoon 4 teachers and I sat around a table and discussed a book. We shared thoughts and insights.

What book has caused teachers to read in the evening, meet after school, and watch videos?

Whole Brain Teaching, find your copy for $12.50 on Amazon.

Today was our first meeting. We will meet every Monday until we finish the book (in mid-February, unless we can't help ourselves and go through it faster!!). Our goal is to read a chapter and have thought about some guiding questions every week.

Since this was our first meeting, we read chapters 1 and 2. The lovely thing about the chapters, is that they are short and manageable.

Some notes I took today:
1. In a Whole Brain classroom, the class works together as a team.
2. It is for all ages, from kindergarten all the way through high school (and beyond).
3. Focus a few moments on instruction, then the kids get a chance to reteach.

But the best was this comment: "I have more hope for my class now than I did 3 weeks ago."

I'm already excited about what next week will bring.

If you want more information, you could check out the WBT website or Mrs. Shipley's blog (she is a first grade teacher who has been using WB techniques for a long time, and this year has started a 1:1 iPad initiative in her classroom).

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  1. I love WBT and started using it this time last year. I wish I could join your discussion heart and enthusiasm are with you!
    Mrs Stowe's Kinder Cottage

  2. That's really great that you and some co-workers are getting together to discuss like that. I bet you get some pretty good ideas working together. Can't wait to read about some if them. Sara


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