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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2013
I stumbled upon Chris Biffle and Whole Brain Teaching when coming to terms with how much behavior issues were sapping my love of teaching. I started using the strategies in this book and my class was transformed in a week! If you are a new teacher ..get the book before you step in the classroom. If you are questioning your career choice and where the joy went....buy the book and start over on Monday. I promise, you will love teaching again! I will never go back to teaching without WBT.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2014
What a great resource and what a wonderful man who has tirelessly worked to make a difference in the lives of teachers and students across the globe. When I saw he had published a book on Whole Brain Teaching, I promptly bought it and got reading.

Oh the beauty of teaching... my dear readers... and the wonderful feeling to be had from a classroom filled with happy shiny students...

The power to move mountains.... oh ok, not mountains, but definitely a few minds, something infinitely more powerful...

I started using Chris Biffle's Whole Brain Teaching methods more than 8 years ago when I started my most challenging class ever: teaching English to Grade 1s.

"Whats so challenging about that ?" I hear you ask.

Well....(holding up 3 fingers) ....three things:

1) They are 6 years old and have a seriously limited attention span. We are talking roughly 5 minutes. 8 if its early morning, 3 if its the last period.
2) I teach at an all-boys school. so only boys in my class : say no more.
3) My classroom consist of students who have almost no understanding of English. They are all native Thais, who beyond 'Hello' and 'Im fine', are totally unfamiliar with the language. I may as well be teaching Klingon.

Over the years Ive used Whole Brain Teaching and it has changed everything. Kids are engaged all the time and thanks to this alone, bad behavior is substantially reduced. Its brilliant to help kids remember vocabulary or sentence structures by building a powerful bridge between saying words and associating it with kinetic movement. It allows students to become co-teachers to help reinforce information , empower them and allow them to stay engaged in the learning process. Its also hi energy teaching that is fun for everyone, most of all for you, their teacher.

But these things on their own pales in comparison to the effect the whole has over the sum of its parts.

Ive seen so many teachers over the years end up giving up as their motivation ebbs with each passing year, as badly behaved kids or classes chip away at their energy levels and leave them frustrated and disillusioned.

Since Ive used this method its been the opposite. Every year it gets better. Now - the 8th year, more than ever, I love my job and love going to school. By 'love' I mean I actually look forward to each day. It just keeps on going from strength to strength. Its also infectious. Expect colleagues to start enquiring about it or the principle making positive noises about a call from a parent or witnessing something wonderful when passing your class.

Even if you are selective in using some of the ideas in this book, I can almost guarantee positive results. Implement Biffle's approach and be prepared to discover anew all those wonderful reasons why you decided to be a teacher in the first place.

Believe me... this is simply a brilliant teaching strategy, no matter how challenging the class.

Teaching Klingon to an-all boys class of 6 year olds without being allowed to utter even one word in their own native language.... love every minute, even after nearly a decade at the same school ?

Bring it on... WBT will work its magic..

From me, a teacher for more than 20 years.....It gets one very mighty: OH YEAH !!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2013
What an absolutely amazing resource! I loved it so much that I am going to start a book study at school!
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2013
i am a principal of an elementary school in which several teachers have begun to implement Whole Brain Teaching. We bought copies for our Summer Book Club and will buy copies for other teachers who are interested. The book explains the beginnings of WBT and gives specific, step by step instructions for implementing the program. I love the program because I can see that every student in the classroom is engaged and the teachers can assess the depth of student understanding quickly. Not to mention the fact that the students and teachers are having tons of fun! The program described in the book is highly effective as a classroom management tool and as a way to achieve content mastery. I highly recommend the book and program.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2013
This approach to teaching is fun!! My students love it, and so do I. The writing skills in my classes have improved dramatically.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2013
If you love the videos on their website, you'll love this book. This really nails down some concepts for me. I learn best by reading, so I'm thrilled to have this in print!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2013
The book is good if you are going to use the ideas in your classroom. Be sure to check out the YouTube videos to see it in action.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2013
I have taught in an urban school district for almost 5 years...I discovered WholeBrainTeaching.com about a month before this school year through YouTube and Pinterest and became instantly hooked! My students have responded to it in amazing ways! It is not only a classroom management game changer but it has revolutionized the way I teach and the way my students retain what they've learned! When you teach with the golden thread of fun you will find you will NEVER go back to the standard BLAH way of teaching. My 5th graders are in love with WBT as much as I am!!! This manual is a MUST for ANY teacher!! Buy NOW...especially helpful during these last few difficult months before summer!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2013
I am definitely using this management method next year. Very excited to include the five rules in my class, along with the hand motions!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2014
Chris Biffle is an amazing and creative teacher. Teachers provide You Tube videos online in which you can view children and teachers using his techniques in classroom management. You might want to watch them just to smile, because it is so cute to see a little first grader presenting to her class or to see a sixth grader working with other students and mirroring the instruction. The class videos are on You Tube and his instructional sessions are in his webcast. I teach high school kids. I saw some of these techniques on his webcast and in the You Tube videos and I have begun using some of them with my eleventh grade students during summer school. I am very pleased with the results so far and I intend to use these techniques with my ninth, tenth honors, and eleventh grade students this Fall. I have been teaching for sixteen years and I have never seen a set of techniques that created an environment in which students are so engaged with what they are learning. I don't talk as much now and the kids are actively learning instead of sitting and staring at me. I still have a long way to go in learning this, but I already feel like I am a more effective teacher and I see that my classroom is more fun and interesting to the students. I am still reading the book, so I haven't completed it yet, but it is supported with many free and very helpful examples and instruction online.
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