I have decided to work on my Whole Brain Teaching Certification, so I am going to be doing a series of posts highlighting Chris Biffle's wonderful teaching techniques. I am hoping to spark some interest because it is truly a great way to teach.
This is not a "program" or "script" to follow. These techniques make real engagement possible.
The first thing you need to learn and teach your students is "Class-Yes!"
Here is a video from Chris Biffle himself outlining this great tool.
This really works!!! It is so simple. Why didn't I think of it? I used this a few times the last two years, but never with any regularity. I missed a lot of opportunitieis to refine my technique, but I was on overload with a new job...
The best example I have of this is from our holiday party. It was the day before Christmas break and we had a class full of parents, siblings, and students. There was plenty of food and music. It was time to wrap up and clean up. What do you normally do in this situation? Walk around and talk to a few students at a time? Try to yell over all the othe noise? Flick the lights? I said, "Class! Class!" in a loud voice and they all replied, "Yes! Yes!" They were all quiet and looing at me.
It was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.
I think every parent there was in shock. I was kind of surprised because I had not used Class-Yes in a week or two. It was great that they had internalized it so quickly and easily!
This will be the very first thing we do in my 4th grade classroom. The great thing? I will have some of the kids from that class I just talked about from the party! I had them in 2nd 2 years ago and now I am moving up to 4th! Awesome!
I really encourage you to go to the Whole Brain Teaching website and learn more. I will be posting more over the next few weeks, so stay tuned.