Part of being a good educator means always looking for new and better ways of teach our students. Don’t get me wrong, I am not calling myself a good educator, yet, but I certainly hope to be able to call myself one SOMEDAY! So I often find myself exploring the vast improvements that have occurred over the last few years.
Education has been transformed over the last 20 years, but most of the changes have occurred because of legislation. We have gone through programs like No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and now Common Core Standards. All of these programs were drafted with good intent and with the students in mind. However, as with most Federal Legislation, the programs were drafted by Lawyers. While keeping the spotlight focused on education is not a bad thing, enacting programs that do not consider things like technology and changing demographics can be negative. With that being said, just like always, teaches will adapt and overcome. The programs they are given do not mater, teachers are renowned for their ability to get the job done.
Using the best, most up-to-date, systems (teaching methods) can help overcome the legislated programs. One such method is the Whole Brain Teaching System. This system, based off of the brains method of processing and storing information, incorporates movement, vocalization, and visual references to systematically enhance the student’s ability to retain information. The program is outlined in the book “Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids” by Chris Biffle. Biffle is the Director of the Whole Brain Teachers of America. The book is very thorough and provides step-by-step instructions as well as suggested scripts, classroom rules, and other useful tidbits. While the program, in totality, may not fit into every school’s curriculum, some of the methods could be very useful.
More information on Whole Brain Teaching can be found on their website: