I have been to at least three of Chris Biffle’s Whole Brain Teaching Trainings. Our school district several years ago brought him over to provide training for teachers K-12.

My school site embraced Whole Brain Teaching. Now not all of our teachers were exactly over the moon, however, everyone gave it a try.

I was teaching 1st grade when we first began to embrace Whole Brain Teaching. I was teaching English and Spanish at the time because of our Dual Immersion strand. Whole Brain Teaching provided my students with a great experience. My English Language Learners during English instruction had opportunities to feel empowered and were provided time to practice “teaching” each other what they had already learned. The same for my Spanish Language Learners who had little to no Spanish exposure and practice at home. The classroom would come alive as students taught each other the content and skills of the lessons.

I have been out of the classroom for a few years now working as a Literacy Facilitator. However, whenever I am pulled into a classroom because of lack of substitutes, Whole Brain Teaching is my go to in regards to classroom management and bringing portions of lessons alive for students.

Thank you for bringing up Whole Brain Teaching. I am now off to review his videos again. ðŸ™‚

]]>I actually failed to mention a step that I did at the beginning of the lesson with the kids. I first took the fraction connector manipulatives and laid them sideways. I used them to create a number line to show the kids how they related. Also, I circled the segments on the number line showing them that the fractions were actually those segments rather than the dashes along the number line. ]]>

Great point. Actually, I presented this lesson in isolation, but we had already been doing some number line work in previous lessons. I only modeled the proper way to make a number line. I did not discuss how to properly place certain fractions on the number line.

I have been using concrete models before this lesson on number lines. I have these fraction cube connector things. Not sure of their exact name. I definitely want to get into using Kristian’s cuisenaire rods.

LOVE this! I will be stealing that idea.

Thanks again, Jamie. ]]>

http://www.lcsc.edu/media/4890900/Cuisenaire-Rods-on-the-Number-Line-shared-understandings.pdf

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