13 August 2012

Must Watch and Must Reads for WBT-The Walls

Last Wednesday we covered the Core Four and the Five Classroom Rules, the foundation of Whole Brain Teaching. The 5 Rules, Scoreboard, Class/Yes, Mirror and Teach/OK make the foundation of the WBT classroom and really will change the way you teach forever. For me I can't teach without these WBT tools and the more I use them, the more I love them and the better my class is. If I have a hard day or a lesson does not go well then I can usually find that some thing with the Core Four was off. I didn't use the Scoreboard as much as I should have or I forgot to have the students Mirror or we didn't do enough Teach/OK.   If you are new to WBT, new to teaching or new to a grade level just start with these and you will have such a strong foundation to build your classroom learning on. You will be blown away by how awesome your class becomes just with the Core Four and the Five Rules but just like a house is not only the foundation, WBT is so much more than the Core Four.

Once you are ready with your WBT foundation, the next step will be the walls. Today let's take a look at the parts of WBT that make up 2 of the walls of the classroom, figuratively and literally :) To me the WBT tools that make up the walls are the PowerPix, Super Improver Wall, Oral Writing, and the Genius Ladder. Each of these WBT tools offer so much bang for your teaching buck that they are the next must haves after the Core 4 and Five Rules. Today we will look at PowerPix and Super Improver Walls. Now I could type up long reviews of each of these and have done one for PowerPix here but the ebooks and webcast are so great let's start there and visit some other WBT bloggers for today's Must Watch and Must reads for WBT.

Our first set of Must Watch videos are the webinars from Coach B. Each one is about an hour so settle down for one an evening or get ready for a little professional development in your PJ's one day :)

Our Must Reads start in the ebooks section of http://wholebrainteaching.com/. To access the free ebooks you will need to register here, which is free :) Now the powers that be are working on the site so there may be issues with the ebooks sometimes. If you are unable to get the ebooks after a few tries please comment below with your email and I'll email them to you.:)
For PowerPix the ebooks have the California State Standards and are avalible for K-3rd grade, though many can be used for upper grades. Currently the PowerPix are on page 2 and 3 of the ebooks section.

You will find information on the Super Improver Wall in the WBT Model Classroom ebook.

Now for the Must Watch and Must Reads from your fellow WBT'ers with lots of Must Have goodies :)

For PowerPix I have been working on PowerPix with the Common Core standards and am working on making Electronic PowerPix. You can find Math for lower grades here and below are the links for Language Arts.

If you need/want to create your own PowerPix you can download my Electronic PowerPix Templates for PowerPoint for free HERE. I'll be sharing more about creating your own PowerPix in another post :)

Here is the fabulous Farrah Shipley about WBT and using PowerPixs. There is a little issue in the video between mintues 6 and 8 but just keep watching because it is great!

Nancy Stoltenberg has a great post with pictures about PowerPix. Click on the picture of her wall below to read the post and don't forget to make sure you are following her.

Mrs. Smith also has a great post on her PowerPix Wall with a camping theme :)

For the Super Improver Walls we have to start again with the fabulous Farrah Shipley who has a great post on setting up the wall and a post with a video :) 

April at Wolfelicious has a rocking post about her Rocking Improvers Wall

The perfect pinetreelia of My Whole Brain Teaching has the cutest Super Improver Wall sets that will have you all ready to go in no time. 
Here is the one I'll have up in my room :)

These are just a few of the wonderful posts about PowerPix and Super Improver Walls and I want to make sure we get all of them so please join the linky below with your PowerPix and Super Improver Wall posts. If you are just starting with WBT I hope you are now excited to try these tools and have what you need to get started for you can join the linky too. 


  1. Hi, I love your blog, thank you so much for all of your great ideas, explanations, and links. I am new to the WBT world, and am starting to use it this coming year with my 6th graders. I have begun to make power pix using the next gen science standards that are currently under development. I was hoping you might be able to take a look at them and tell me what you think. I would really appreciate any feedback you could offer since you are WAY ahead of me in the WBT worls :) My blog is http://wbtforme.blogspot.com/ Thanks so much!

  2. Thank you so much for adding me to the blog lists! I am really trying hard to earn followers and to try to blog at least once a week this summer. I haven't incorporated SIT yet but I have created mine. Here is a link to my blog, please take a look and let me know any suggestions that you have! BTW I love you heart at the bottom. How did you do it?
    Happy summer!




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