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Monday, June 18, 2012

Whole Brain Teaching???

I probably haven’t been this excited about something new since “The Daily Five,” 3 years ago.  What do you know about “Whole Brain Teaching?”   I follow Third Grade Thoughts and have learned just enough to make me interested.  Last night I downloaded all kinds of FREE e-books and can’t wait to get started.  I watched some videos a week or two ago and I can’t believe I haven’t heard about this before.  What do you think?  Do any of you use “Whole Brain Teaching” in your classrooms?  I’m not so sure about the “scoreboard” but I love “class, yes,” “teach, okay,” and the Power Pix.  I even think the class rules are pretty cool.  With the new way our school district/state is going with standards led rather than text-book led classrooms, I can see this as such a benefit.  We are supposed to do LOTS and LOTS of mini lessons followed by “Demonstrations of Learning” in our district.  We even have all of our curriculum maps that tell us the most important learning objectives to teach.  I can see how “Whole Brain Teaching” will help me get to the necessary learning quickly and in a FUN way. 

Just in case you are new to "Whole Brain Teaching" I included a couple videos from Youtube but there are many more.  I just typed in Chris Biffle and found so many that I'll be busy for awhile.
You can sign up for free like I did at  Once you become a member you can download lots of resources.  The best part is - it's free.  They have one requirement.  If you use something in your classroom, you will need to email 10 other educators about the program to spread the word.  Isn't that easy.  I'll be sending my emails out soon, because I'm sure I'll be using it.  My whole school will know about it soon. 


  1. I too just found out about this and it looks fantastic doesn't it? I am going to go to the site you suggested and register. I'll keep checking back here and maybe we can learn together!

    A Passion For Primary

  2. Great post Carolyn, I love your enthusiasm!! I can't wait to read more as you make your way through this journey.

    Miss L's Whole Brain Teaching

  3. Welcome to Whole Brain Teaching! I've glad you've started looking through all of the online resources. Don't forget about the webcasts. The next live one is on July 3rd, but you can watch any of the past ones because they're archived. If you can't attend a conference, which I very much encourage you do to, those videos are the next best thing!

    Julie aka Southern Teacher

  4. Thanks to all of you! I will be learning from you. Julie, I'll watch the webcasts - thanks for sharing. I just read your blogs about the conference and I really hope I get a chance to do that some day.