Saturday, January 12, 2013

Rockin' Super Improvers

I have been testing the waters with Whole Brain Teaching this year. I haven't fully jumped in yet. So far, I really like most of it. We do the attention getters- class, yes? and the "teach-okay!" I love the "teach-okay!" It's very effective for keeping them engaged. I use it a lot with teaching our amazing words. I make up gestures to go with each word. I've been using lots of different motions for the teach-okay part which they love. I'll do stomp, stomp, stomp, salute! And they echo back. I mix it up. If you're not familiar with WBT check it out on youtube. Here's a link to a bunch of videos and a great first grade blog-

So anyway, I have not done the scoreboard. I tried it for a while, but couldn't think of good rewards. So that's fallen by the wayside. I discovered WBT two weeks after school started, so I am learning as I go.



I am planning to incorporate the Super Improvers Wall next week. I finally finished the board (the kids have been asking me about it all week, so i've gotten their attention.) I hope it works! I really, really do. I need to find a way to motivate my kids.


I did a rock theme which I stole borrowed from this awesome site- I hope she doesn't mind. I must say, I'm pretty excited about how mine turned out.


There are ten levels. Every kid starts out with a gold star (fan). When I see them improving on something (it could be anything from making a 100 on a spelling test to raising their hand before talking) they get a sticker. Ten stickers-move to next level and get a purple star and so on... I like the idea of setting individual goals for my students. They're all so different but everyone can improve on something.  


These letters took me forever to draw...


        Rock star font- LOVE! I did extend the line on the 'a' a little further with a sharpie because it looked like it said "hell of fame."

I found these guitar cutouts Michael's and decorated them with the new fancy schmancy duct tape.


I am excited to try this out. It's different from anything I've ever tried before. We'll see!


R addington said...
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E Whitaker said...

I love scoreboard- it might be one of my favorite parts! I tried to do it each day but the kids were not all that motivated. I use the score board and keep it at a 4+/- difference. AT the end of the week we take 3 minute to do a reward (they have chosen children's zumba, pretty much everyday. I planned on doing a post on this last week but- you know life! I am holing accountability to have that post up this week though!

I to and just exploring and hope to get my super improvers wall up by the end of the week. Cheers to empowering our kiddos!

R addington said...

My first comment! Yay, someone is reading this. I was beginning to wonder... So you keep score all week long? I let them dance to songs on youtube for a reward and they liked that but it got a little too crazy for me. Maybe I'll try the scoreboard again. The super improver wall is starting to work, I think. I've got a couple of kids practicing their reading at home that didn't before.

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