Monday, June 27, 2011

Leadership Buttons

Hi Everyone,
Diane Woodward, a local fellow music teacher, and I have designed a set of buttons for Leadership.  Here are the jpg files for the designs, as well as a photo of the finished product.

Also, today was a great day at Summer Camp!  WBT really works!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Got My Assignment

OK, just got mail that I will be teaching at Westwood Elementary this next year.  Woo hoo, I have a job!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Answer to Jason's question.

So I have been asked to elaborate on what "few, but crucial, areas" I learned about at the seminar. I had been using only the scoreboard, and then went to the guff meter, but without understanding how to use it. I also have been in a classroom next to a 4th grade class and had to keep the noise level down all the time. Therefore, I had not been having them repeat hands and eyes after me, and was using the scoreboard without the mighty groan. Hopefully, whether I end up teaching science or music, I will have a classroom that we can make more noise in. I also discovered that although I was chunking things down for teach/ok, I wasn't chunking small enough. Plus I wasn't using teach/ok often enough to keep the kids engaged and having fun. I have the unique opportunity to be using this method this summer in a Summer Camp setting, and after revising all those things have been having a lot more success.

Mighty Woo for the National WBT Conference!

OK, so today was great, using the WBT techniques and program. I am currently teaching a Summer Camp for the HEEP program in Caddo Parish, LA. Loved the National conference in LA, and have been using the WBT model with the summer group. I realized at the conference that the techniques I have been using for the last 1.5 years (using only the online videos and a seminar given by Diane Woodward) were lacking in a few, but crucial, areas. I teach music, specifically this summer: guitar for 3rd-6th grades and recorder for 1st and 2nd grades. My school is now closed and is supposed to be merging with another school in the fall, yet the teachers haven't been informed officially if they will be at the other school. Times are tough all around, and not sure if I will be teaching music or science in the fall (certified in K-12 Instrumental Music as well as 6-12 General Science). However, whichever subject I teach will be greatly enhanced by the WBT techniques and I am so grateful to all of you who have made this possible!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

First Blog Post

Whole Brain Teaching for Guitar!  Using Little Kids Rock and Whole Brain Teaching!

Since I am teaching a Summer Guitar Camp, and am re-vamping my Whole Brain Teaching techniques, I thought I would start a blog.  This post is short, but the others will be more in depth.  Just checking right now to see that the system works.