Harmony Public Schools
DFW Cluster-October 2016
Whole Brain Connection
Keeping your students engaged is a critical part to success in the classroom. Classroom management undoubtedly plays a role in maintaining students' interest.
In Chris Biffle's book Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids he details how to set up the Scoreboard game in your room. Biffle explains the variety of ways to play the game and the unlimited number of levels students can achieve.
Below you will find the script to setting up the Scoreboard game, but for more details check out pages 62-76.
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Question and Response
This month's winner is Mrs. Hensley from HSA Grand Prairie!!
*We (our 5th grade team) are using a lot of QR codes in the classroom- checking in and out chromebooks and classroom library books, leaving and returning to the classroom, PRS and DPS, etc. They are working really well and students are showing us they are responsible for these procedures! :)
So far I am having the most difficult time incorporating the scoreboard from whole brain into my classroom. I am still working on it but it's flopped as of right now. :(
*The one thing that is working well is the mirror words. My students respond well to this. The one thing that is a flop is the scoreboard. It is too much to keep up with during my busy day for 4 different classes.
*For the first time in 5 years of teaching I started lining my kids up in number order... this has made my life much easier. It was something that seemed would be a hassle but actually has helped with a lot…for example no struggle over who is first etc.
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*Be sure to email your response to your coach for a chance to WIN!!
Beginning of the Year Assessments - Small Groups, Small Groups, Small Groups! Now is the time to capitalize on your knowledge of data and set up your homogeneous groups for small groups.
Think Central - Any issues with Think Central should be reported ASAP a document has been created to collect information on continued glitches
Curriculum Drive- With a crazy 1st quarter in the books, be sure to check your curriculum drive regularly for updates, attachments, assessments.