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In 2016-2017, ten campuses, across the U.S. completed the first year of the WBT Schools program.  Large schools (staff of 90), small schools (staff of 7), K-8 and secondary campuses participated. Free and reduced lunch ranged from 50-95% of students. One crucial measure of success is promising: office referrals decreased from 30-75%. Test score data will be posted in Fall 2017.

 

The WBT Schools program (a school within a school) is free, offers amazing weekly support, contains powerful academic and character education strategies classroom tested by thousands of instructors, and addresses education's core problem, teaching Beloved Rascals.

A WBT School is a school within a school.  Participating educators employ Whole Brain Teaching strategies like Class-Yes, Mirror Words, Teach-Okay, and the Scoreboard to increase student engagement, amp up classroom Funtricity, and decrease off-task behavior.
No. Beginner Schools can start with as few as five teachers. Currently, most WBT Schools range from 25% to 75% of a campus' teachers.
Online reports, the main responsibility of WBT School leaders, can be filled in as little as five minutes. Last year, Lead Teacher Mary and Principal Wigglesworth each filed a report in 4 minutes flat, but both confessed they had a teen's help.
Every WBT classroom, by the end of week one, has the following.
  1. A large attractive Scoreboard
  2. An even larger, more attractive, Super Improver display
  3. An area set aside for Power Pix (math: red border, language arts: blue border, science: green border, social studies: purple border … In secondary classrooms, this feature is optional)
  4. A display featuring WBT's classroom rules and the five virtues linked to days of the week: Glorious Kindness (Monday), Leadership (Tuesday), Courage (Wednesday), Invincible Grit (Thursday), Creativity (Friday).
  5. A Brainy display
  6. An area for the daily game list
  7. A Big Point circle on the floor and a ceiling sign (Hang a sign from the ceiling, "Big Point!" On the floor under the sign, place a large circle. When you step into the circle, your class exclaims, "Big Point! Hands and Eyes!" Kids fold their hands, lean forward slightly, eagerly waiting for the Big Point. For a Huge Big Point, somersault into the circle.  In secondary classrooms, not only is somersaulting optional, but the the Big Point circle will only be used by the OD (Outlandishly Daring)
In Whole Brain Teaching we believe that the more fun students have learning, the more they will learn.  All activities in a WBT classroom are games.  Each day is organized by a game list on the whiteboard.  For example:
  1.  Morning Roll: Class-Yes
  2.  Phonics:  Manners + Class Yes:
  3.  Math:  Class-Yes + Mirror Words:
  4.  Reading:  Hands and Eyes:
  5.  Big Review:  Class-Yes, Mirror Words + Manners:
Every game is linked to a classroom activity.  The day begins with the teacher reviewing the list and the subjects to be covered.  The day unfolds, moving from one game and academic activity to the next.  Before final bell, a large, entertaining review summarizes what has been learned, all the topics on the day's game list.  Any WBT strategy can be gamified by linking its performance to points on the Scoreboard or Super Improver Stars.   The central, most repeated game, involves developing Character Education virtues, ("Manners" in the list above).  And, of all virtues, we stress kindness.  Our entertainments not only help kids become better readers, writers, and thinkers, but also kinder humans.
Meet as a team and decide on quarterly or trimester targets for WBT classes. Here is a sample:
  • Rules: Classes rehearse rules, entertainingly, five times per day (secondary, at start of period), beginning with the teacher leading the rules. By quarter's end, whenever a rule number is called out, students respond quickly with the rule and the gesture. Rule call out is used when individual students need a reminder. For example, a kid speaks without following Rule 2. The teacher calls out "Two!" The class energetically responds with the rule and gesture.
  • Scoreboard: The Scoreboard is completed through Level 3 with daily bonus points determined by the Five Virtues (Glorious Kindness, Leadership, Courage, Invincible Grit, Creativity).
  • Super Improver: Every student has completed at least one level on the Super Improver Team (10 stars total), with approximately the following ratios: 50% of the stars for the Five Virtues, 25% for writing, 25% for other academic skills.
  • Oral Writing: Every student responds to questions, in class or out, with a one sentence answer, using the following Brainies: capital letter, period.
  • Power Pix: Every classroom has at least 10 Power Pix in their wall display.
  • Rules: Rule rehearsals are led by students. Recess Practice is initiated for rule rehearsal, beginning with 30 seconds per rehearsal. Increasing in 15 second intervals, Recess Practice reaches a plateau of 120 seconds near quarter's end. (In secondary, use Advanced Character Education as an alternative for detention).
  • Scoreboard: The Scoreboard is completed through Level 5 with daily bonus points determined by the Five Virtues (Glorious Kindness, Leadership, Courage, Invincible Grit, Creativity).
  • Super Improver: Every student has completed at least two levels on the Super Improver Team (20 stars total) with approximately the following ratios: 50% of the stars for the Five Virtues, 25% for writing, 25% for other academic skills.  (In secondary, every class has moved up two levels).
  • Oral Writing: Every student responds to questions, in class or out, with a two sentence answer, using the following Brainies: capital letter, period, because.
  • Power Pix: Every classroom will have at least 20 Power Pix in their wall display.
  • Rules: Recess Practice (in elementary) is supplemented by Advanced Character Education, graduating from filling in sentence frames to paragraph frames by quarter's end.
  • Scoreboard: The Scoreboard is completed through Level 9 with daily bonus points determined by the Five Virtues (Glorious Kindness, Leadership, Courage, Invincible Grit, Creativity).
  • Super Improver: The majority of students have completed at least four levels on the Super Improver Team (40 stars total) with approximately the following ratios: 50% of the stars for the Five Virtues, 25% for writing, 25% for other academic skills. (In secondary, every class has moved up four levels).
  • Oral Writing: Every student responds to questions with a three sentence answer, using these Brainies: capital letter, period, because, and.
  • Power Pix: Every classroom will have at least 30 Power Pix in their wall display.
  • Rules: Recess Practice and Advanced Character Education are supplemented, for select students, by the Bulls Eye game and the Agreement Bridge.
  • Scoreboard: The Scoreboard is completed through Level 12 or higher by year's end with daily bonus points determined by the Five Virtues (Glorious Kindness, Leadership, Courage, Invincible Grit, Creativity).
  • Super Improver: The majority of students have completed at least seven levels on the Super Improver Team (70 stars total) with the following ratios: approximately 50% of the stars for the Five Virtues, 25% for writing, 25% for other academic skills.  (In secondary, every class has moved up seven levels).
  • Oral Writing: Every student responds to questions, in or out of class, with a four sentence answer beginning with a Triple Whammy topic sentence and including these Brainies: capital letter, period, because, and, comma.
  • Power Pix: Every classroom will have at least 40 Power Pix in their wall display.

There are two types of WBT Schools, depending upon whether they are headed by an administrator or a lead teacher.

 

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See below for information on all five levels of WBT Schools.

BEGINNERAll first year WBT schools start at the Beginner level. A minimum of five teachers and an administrator start at Beginner (a school within a school) and commit to using WBT Strategies. Given a two year time frame, the administrator agrees to become a Gold Certified WBT Instructor; the other educators agree to become Bronze Certified Instructors. All first year WBT schools start at the Beginner level. A minimum of five teachers, with the principal's permission but not direct involvement, start at Beginner (a school within a school) and commit to using WBT Strategies. Given a two year time frame, the lead teacher agrees to become a Gold Certified WBT Instructor; the other educators agree to become Bronze Certified Instructors.
INTERMEDIATEAt the Intermediate level, a minimum of 25% of a school's instructors and the administrator commit to using WBT strategies. Given a two year time frame, the administrator and a lead teacher agree to become Gold Certified WBT Instructors; the other WBT educators agree to become Bronze Certified Instructors.At the Intermediate level, a minimum of 25% of a school's instructors commit to using WBT strategies. Given a two year time frame, the lead teacher and a colleague agree to become Gold Certified WBT Instructors; the other WBT educators agree to become Bronze Certified Instructors.
ADVANCEDSchools rise to the Advanced level when the administrator and four teachers are Gold Certified Instructors. The other WBT educators are Bronze Certified Instructors.Schools rise to the Advanced level when the lead teacher and three colleagues are Gold Certified Instructors. The other WBT educators are Bronze Certified Instructors.
LEGENDARYSchools advance to the Legendary level when the administrator and one teacher at every grade level or, in secondary, in every subject area, become Gold Certified Instructors. The other WBT educators are Bronze Certified Instructors.Schools advance to the Legendary level when the lead teacher and one instructor at every grade level or, in secondary, in every subject area, become Gold Certified Instructors. The other WBT educators are Bronze Certified Instructors.
SEMI-DIVINESchools advance to the Semi-Divine level when every educator and administrator is a Gold Certified Instructor. WBT tattoos are optional.Schools advance to the Semi-Divine level when every teacher is a Gold Certified Instructor. WBT tattoos are optional.