Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Treading Water

School is fully underway and I feel like I have just barely been keeping my head above water these past few weeks!  Is anyone with me??  (And we are only 7.5 weeks into this school year!)  Thankfully, the classroom is running rather smoothly.  If it wasn't, I don't know what I would do!  It is just all the other responsibilities and never-ending emails that are running me ragged.  Too bad WBT doesn't have a solution to these non-student issues!

Here are some updates:
1) I started the Genius Ladder a couple of weeks ago.  The kids loved it and for the first time I feel like I taught a relevant, engaging grammar lesson.  I've always disliked grammar myself so it was exciting to see everyone having fun.  

I think I made a mistake when I tried to change it up the second week.  We were suppose to be learning synonyms, and it kind of confused the kids since it was different than we did the first week.  If we had better grasp of the Genius Ladder to start with, I'm sure it wouldn't have been so challenging to add in this concept.  Here is the slide I made on PowerPoint.  -->

2) I still love the Super Improvers Wall!  

3) I got a Smart Board this week!  It's amazing but I have a lot to learn to fully be able to utilize its capabilities.  The students who have used them in the past are helping me to learn.  Are there any Wibbeteers out there who use a Smart Board?  I'd love to see any WBT ideas for it.  

Today we played Mind Soccer on the Smart Board!  It was very basic.  I drew a rectangle on each side of the board for the ball and I put in a clipart image of a soccer ball.  The kids thought it was so cool to have an actual picture of a soccer ball after using the white board eraser as the ball for the past few weeks.  

4) Tomorrow I will have 40 second and third graders in my classroom for half of the day.  What is my first item on the agenda?  Class-yes, teach-ok, and classroom rules of course!

WBT Intern, 2011-12


  1. I keep meaning to send you a note to say thanks for all your help getting my UHM going! Love the difference it is making! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!

  2. Just found your blog. I am intrigued with your Blog Title- Whole Brain Teaching. I am embarrassed that I have not heard of it before, but it sounds very interesting. I teach in OHIO & this is my 16th year in 2nd grade! I saw that you asked if there are any teachers that use WBT on their Smart Board. I want to learn! This is my 10th year with a Smart Board!

    There are so many of you that have "hooked" me into the blogging world & have inspired me to want to start my own! If you have any great advice for a newbie- I am willing to learn! I just started my own blog and waiting for my blog makeover which should be ready in a few days! My "nitch" is technology so if you are interested in integrating technology into the classroom, maybe you could stop by:

  3. You are off to a great start! I hope you will be posting more over the summer. Have you heard about the new certification process?

    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  4. Hi! I am so glad I found your blog. I am learning about WBT. I am your newest follower.


  5. So glad that I just found your blog! I'm a 2nd grade teacher and am going to try to implement some WBT strategies next year! Can't wait to read more!

    P.S. I would love you to join my new linky party about music in the classroom.
    Turn the Music Up Linky Party at Teaching Maddeness

  6. I just wanted you to know that I'm giving you The Lovely Blog Award. Would love for you to stop by and check it out!

    Julie aka Southern Teacher

  7. Hi! Wanted to let you know that I'm giving you The Lovely Blog Award, too. Would love for you to stop by and check it out!

  8. Hi...Your blog is great! I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Check out my blog for all the info!