Day One

How to Start Whole Brain Teaching

To begin Whole Brain Teaching, start with the Magic Circle. Here is a sample script to several lessons that will help on your first day, first minute!

Word Greeting is on top of Magic Circle graphic. Circle starts with Class Yes at the top, hands folded together. Next going clockwise is Thank You/You're Welcome, hands to chest. Mirror Words, palms out in front of chest , is the third step in the cycle. Next image is a hand holding up one finger representing One New Point and a hand holding up two fingers reminding us to repeat the new point twice. Final part is two hands clapping for the Teach! OK!

Lesson 1:  Greeting

Teacher Good morning, my friends!  (both hands widely outstretched in a welcoming gesture) My name is Ms. Maestra and I’m very happy to be your 3rd grade teacher!. … (Pause) Please say, “Good morning Ms. Maestra.

Students:  Good morning Ms. Maestra*.

Teacher:  One more time, please!  Please say, (welcoming gesture) “Good morning, Ms. Maestra.”

Students:  (many will mirror your gesture) Good morning, Ms. Maestra*.

 

Repeat as necessary.  For engaging variety, change your tone of voice and students will automatically change theirs. 


 

Word Greeting is on top of Magic Circle graphic. Circle starts with Class Yes at the top, hands folded together. Red arrow points to Class Yes.Next going clockwise is Thank You/You're Welcome, hands to chest. Mirror Words, palms out in front of chest , is the third step in the cycle. Next image is a hand holding up one finger representing One New Point and a hand holding up two fingers reminding us to repeat the new point twice. Final part is two hands clapping for the Teach! OK!

Lesson 2:  Class Yes

Teacher:  When I say “Class!,” You say, “Yes!”  (Gesture:  hands folded)  “Class!’

Students:  (hands folded) Yes!*

Teacher:  One more time, please!  When I say “Class!,” You say, “Yes!”  (hands folded)  “Class!’

Students:  (hands folded) Yes!*

Rehearse

Teacher:  (welcoming gesture) Good morning class!

Students;  (welcoming gesture) Good morning Ms. Maesta.

Teacher:  (hands folded)  Class!

Students:  (hands folded)  Yes!

*Teacher guides by whispering the students’ response.


 

Word Greeting is on top of Magic Circle graphic. Red arrow points to Thank You/You're Welcome part of the graphic, hands to chest.

Lesson 3:  Thank You / You're Welcome

Teacher:  When I say “Thank you!  You say, “You’re welcome! (Gesture: hands on heart)  “Thank you!!’

Students:  (hands on heart) You’re welcome!*

Teacher:  One more time please!  (hands on heart) Thank you!  

Students:  (hands on heart) You’re welcome*

Rehearse

Teacher:  (welcoming gesture) Good morning class!

Students:  (welcoming gesture) Good morning Ms. Maesta.

Teacher:  (hands folded)  Class!

Students:(hands folded)  Yes!

Teacher:  (hands on heart)  Thank you, class!

Students:  (hands on heart)  You’re welcome, Ms. Maestra.

*Teacher guides by whispering the students’ response.


 

Word Greeting is on top of Magic Circle graphic. Red arrow points to Mirror Words, palms out in front of chest , the third step in the cycle.

Lesson 4:  Mirror Words

Teacher:  When I say “Mirror Words!” You say, “Mirror Words” (Gesture: hands up, palms out)  “Mirror Words!”’

Students:  (hands up, palms out) Mirror Words!

Teacher:  Once more, please!  (hands up, palms out) “MIrror Words!”!  

Students:  (hands up, palms out) Mirror Words!

Teacher:  Way to go! From now on, when Mirrors are on, you will repeat my words and my gestures. Let's try it!

Rehearse

Teacher: Today (pointing at watch)

Students:  Today (pointing at watch)

Teacher:  We’re going to learn so much! (Waggling hands)

Students:  We’re going to learn so much! (Waggling hands)

Teacher:  Mirrors Off! (hands out, palms down)

Students: Mirrors Off! (hands out, palms down)

*Teacher guides by whispering the students’ response.


 

Word Greeting is on top of Magic Circle graphic. Red arrow points to final part of the circle, two hands clapping for the Teach! OK!

Lesson 5:  Teach OK

Teacher:  After we've learned one new thing,  you are going to teach it to your partner. When it's time, I'm going to clap my hands twice and say, "Teach!", and you clap twice and say, "OK!" Let's try it.

Teacher: (Claps twice) Teach!

Students: (Clasp twice) OK!

Teacher: Good! Now when you say OK, do a full turn to your partner. Let's try it.

Teacher: (Claps twice) Teach!

Students: (Claps twice) OK! (does full turn to partner)

*Rehearse this multiple times as necessary

Teacher: When you're turned to your partner, teach them, over and over, what I just taught you. Let's try it!


 

Word Greeting is on top of Magic Circle graphic. Circle starts with Class Yes at the top, hands folded together. Next going clockwise is Thank You/You're Welcome, hands to chest. Mirror Words, palms out in front of chest , is the third step in the cycle. Next image is a hand holding up one finger representing One New Point and a hand holding up two fingers reminding us to repeat the new point twice. Final part is two hands clapping for the Teach! OK!

Lesson 6: Put It All Together

 

Teacher(welcoming gesture) Good morning, class!

Students(welcoming gesture) Good morning!

Teacher:  (hands folded) Class!

Students:  (hands folded) Yes!

Teacher:  (hands on heart) Thank you! 

Students:  (hands on heart) You’re welcome!

Teacher:  (hands up, palms out) Mirror words.

Students:  (hands up, palms out) Mirror words

Teacher: Today (pointing at watch)

Students:  Today (pointing at watch)

Teacher:  We’re going to learn so much! (Waggling hands)

Students:  We’re going to learn so much! (Waggling hands)

Teacher:  (claps twice) Teach!

Students:  (claps twice) OK! (Turns to partner, repeats/paraphrases lesson to partner over and over using gestures)

Teacher:  (hands folded) Class!

Students:  (hands folded) Yes!