Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Student engagement WBT Whole Brain teaching style!!!

Hi all,
I am so excited to link up with you all! It's my FIRST linky party!!!

So, since I am in a bilingual classroom I had to change some things around! We speak Spanish 80% of the day so for Class Yes, we say:

Clase - Dime

I was reading on some blog or on the WBT website the best ways to make it more fun and engaging is to change our voice. I will do a witch voice or a deep voice or a high-pitched voice or an animal voice where we say clase wow wow (What a dog says in Spanish) and they say: Dime wow wow. 

I also really like saying:

Clase Brrrrrrrrr (rolling the r) -- dime brrrrrrrrrrrrr (rolling the r). 
It's kinder and they definitely need practice on rolling their r's!

More favorites:
Clase Bazinga - Dime bazinga

Clase oo chaca laca - Dime oo Chaca loca

Clase bzzzzz - dime bzzzzz

Another change for Bilingual was Hands and Eyes. We say:
Manos y Ojos

When the kids do it WRONG!!!
I was lucky enough to be able to co-teach with 2 amazing teachers at my school this summer for our SEAL (Sobrato Early Academic Language Model [amazing by the way]) and I learned this from one of the teachers.

SEAL Model

Whenever the students do not do something the way I want I say: LO BORRAMOS (Let's erase it). And I show them how it should be done and we do it again the RIGHT way!!!

At the beginning of the year it was so much fun and my first time doing this because I didn't have to get mad or yell or scream and we were able to have FUN practicing the RIGHT way to do things in our classroom. 

One of my students favorite things we practiced was the right way and wrong way of sitting in our chairs. We practiced the wrong way (or the Pre-school way). I had students lying over their chairs, under their chairs, leaning back, etc. I told them a story about how I had a student who was leaning back and then fell and had to go to the hospital and that is why we NEVER lean back in our chairs. 
I always modeled the wrong way and then the CORRECT way.

Those rascals!!!
If I had 1 or 2 students doing it the wrong when we were practicing the right way, I would just say anyone who isn't following directions will have to practice at recess or miss choice time. That corrected that real fast!

I hope you have a great rest of the week and Keep pushing the Whole Brain Teaching. 

As Coach B says: Power to the Teachers!!!

WBT free conference from Gilroy
If you would like to watch Coach B in action please check out my Youtube channel. I video taped the whole day and is available here:
New Diamond Rule in Spanish

Check out the linky party going on here and don't miss the weekly chat on on Wednesdays!!!


  1. Hi Kristin! So glad to find your blog! Great post showing WBT in Spanish! I have 2 teachers in Madrid Spain going through the WBT Certification Program. They have blogs too! I think you all should share ideas! Let me know!!

    1. Hi Nancy! I would love to know the names of their blogs! Thank you for linking up!

    2. Ana:

      I hope you are able to connect! They are WBT Site Leaders for their school too! Love these ladies!!

    3. I can't wait to contact them! Thank you for sending their info!

  2. Thanks so much for linking up! I love your WBT resources in Spanish! Remember next week to add a link back to the linky so people reading your blog can find the other WBT blogs too! You can use the WBT Wednesday graphic found HERE to link back or just put a link somewhere in your blog! Thanks again so much and it's great to find your blog!!

    Droppin' Knowledge

    1. Hi Heidi,
      I'm so excited you came to my blog! I just added our fun Friday experiment we did today. I also added the WBT pic and a link back to your blog. Let me know if that's what you meant. Have a great weekend!