Whole Brain Teaching

Lately I have been very intrigued with the whole brain teaching movement that is slowly taking over K-12 classrooms–sometimes even in college! Whole brain teaching is using different methods in the classroom to reward students, but also keep their attention throughout the day. Whole brain teaching includes seven steps:

1. Class- yes

2. Five classroom rules

3. Teach-ok

4. Scoreboard

5. Hands and Eyes

6. Mirror

7. Switch!

This method, created by Chris Biffle, has been effective in keeping students attention throughout the whole day. It was created so that students could stop falling asleep in class and start engaging with laughter. The point is to help the desire for students to want to go to school and be actively involved throughout the day. It requires a high-energy teacher, a fun attitude, and a willingness to teach a little differently. It’s worth looking into. Here are some video examples of whole brain teaching used in a 1st grade class and then in a college class, both effectively to teach a lesson. At the very bottom, you’ll find links to some blogs/websites that I’ve been reading to try and learn a little more about this new, innovative strategy in the classroom.




By: Rebecca McKee


One thought on “Whole Brain Teaching

  1. Rebecca,
    As an administrator in the field of education, I was intrigued after reading your post about whole brain teaching strategies. Both as a parent and an educator I have known that some children do not learn well in the traditional classroom environment. I believe that when we are able to engage the children in a fun, interesting, and active way that we are so much more successful in our efforts.
    Sharla R
    Administrative Director
    Bright Horizons Oakhill

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