Monday, August 13, 2012

WBT Super Improver Wall

This might be the thing I am looking forward to the most this year. I am really excited about it. I think this is something that every teacher should incorporate into their room. It is going to keep us positive and looking to improve based on individual skills. I am so glad I can share this with you!

Watch this video to get a better understanding of the Super Improvers Wall.

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Begin the year with your Super Improver Board up in your room, but don't introduce it to the students until the 2nd week of school. Let them wonder about it. Build up some anticipation! If they ask me about it, I am just going to say that I have to make sure they are ready before I explain about our board.

  • Explain to your students that it is all about rewarding students who improve. This means improving in anything we do inside the classroom and out.
  • Students are not competing against each other, only themselves.
  • Students must earn 10 stars to move up to the next level.
  • Wait for students to notice the camera clipart on certain levels before you discuss it.
  • Camera levels: when students begin this level, you take their picture with several of their friends. Print it out and place it face down on a board in the room. (It can be the Super Improver Board if you have room.) When that student earns 5 stars, they get to see the picture!
The great thing about WBT is that you can make it fit your classroom. Coach B talks about naming the levels fun things to go with your theme. I have seen boards that are sports themed, under the sea themed, and mine is team building themed. Be creative!

I got my cards from Tara West at her TPT store. You can access it here. It is a free download! FYI - you shouldn't pay for anything WBT related. People are not allowed to charge for any materials that make that are inspired by WBT.

I have mine on the inside of our classroom door. Sorry about the glare, that is the downside of laminating. Oh well, they will last longer this way.
Once I get my class list, I will write their names on white paper for the beginner level and tape them up! I really wanted this to be a focal point, so I put it on the door. We will see it every time we go in and out. I think it will be a great motivator.

I am planning on finding the coordinating colors and making the name papers this coming week. That way when a student has earned 10 stars and is ready to move up, I don't have to scramble. I will just get the baggie, pull out the appropriate color, write their name, and tape it to the door.

For the stickers, I just bought a pack of star stickers at Mardel.

I am going to carry stickers with me in the hallway so that as I see improving behavior, I can hand them out. Kids will just stick them on their name on the door when we walk into the classroom.

I am planning on using this mostly for behavior, but also for handwriting, desk organization, neatness on assignments, respectful words to me and other students, being on time to school, improving their test grades, and anything else that comes to me as the year progresses.

What do you think? Do you use something similar?

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Katrina said...

Wow!! I love this concept. I am always explain to my scholars that improvement is what's most important but I've never used anything visual to track their improvement. I think my scholars will definitely buy into it. I especially like how you can set specific goals for the week and look specifically for those. I'm going to create this board tomorrow. I have the perfect place right next to my data wall.

Thanks for sharing.


Becca Morris said...

I can't wait to use it. It is really going to keep my classroom a positive place. I hope it works for you!

Nathalie Cooper said...

How will you keep track on what each student is improving in? For instance, if Jamie has trouble raising his hand that will be his, if Caroline has trouble staying seated that is her, or does everyon e have the same one?

Becca Morris said...

It isn't going to be that specific. I know in my mind what students need to improve on, when they need encouragement, and so on. Most of my kids will be working on improving their own behavior and academic performance, so it is really individualized. I don't think it can be done wrong if you are rewarding true effort and improvement.

Mary Catherine Shmina said...

I'm giving this a try this year too. Yours is much cuter than mine!

Mrs. Bosshardt said...

All summer long I have read the book on whole brain teaching, watched countless youtube videos, and I'm still nervous about implementing this in my classroom. I know that teaching an old dog new tricks is possible! I also see the value in this style....but will I be the only person in my school doing this style and I dislike being observed! Did you have this fear of implementing this style in your classroom?

Becca Morris said...

Mrs. Bosshardt: Yes I did and still do have trouble implementing WBT. There are a few other teachers who use a little bit of WBT, but we aren't close to each other in the building. I haven't been dedicated to it... I am hoping to use it more this year. It is a work in progress!

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