Anywhere between 40 and 50% of teachers will leave the classroom within their first five years (Riggs, Atlantic 2013). A turnover rate that is at least 4% higher than any other profession. While many theories purport to explain the cause behind this, one thing is for sure; teaching is a very challenging profession that demands a lot of its workforce, and offers in return very little respect and recognition.
Those who survive understand that in order to make it in the classroom, there is one thing that can make or break you – Classroom Management. This is where Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) comes in and makes a huge difference. A teacher is only able to reach a student if their classroom environment is set up for success, and this success is achieved by a well structured classroom management system. Whole Brain Teaching is a highly effective system of classroom management, and it success is linked to its core principle that a classroom should provide children with exactly what they want – a place where they can laugh and play. (WBT), produces classrooms that are full of orderly fun.
Students follow rules in WBT rooms because they are fun! They engage with classmates and teach each other because it’s exciting to them. The WBT classroom in essence becomes a big game for them to play and succeed in. So as an educator, doesn’t it seem to make a lot of sense to then join in on the fun? To me it did and I continue to have more success each day because of my choice to employ WBT strategies in my classroom.
If a student’s whole brain is involved in learning, there isn’t any mental area left over for challenging behavior. (Biffle, 2013)
This post is the first of a series that will explore my use of WBT in the classroom, the research behind WBT, as well as many tips, advice and freebies that will allow you to use WBT in your own classroom.
Biffle, C. (2013). Whole brain teaching for challenging kids. Whole Brain Teaching LLC.
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