Friday, June 22, 2012

Oh Yeah! Oh Yeah! Oh Yeah!

I am so excited and thank you so much for highlighting and giving my blog the Liebster Blog Award... Nancy Stoltenberg at
So, the purpose of this award is to highlight new bloggers with less than 200 followers.

Here are the rules:

1. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
2. Thank the giver and link back to them.
3. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

  1. Chris Rekstad at is one of the WBT founders and offers great insight into all aspects of WBT for the newbie to the veteran
  2. Roxi Shayne at offers a lot of new ideas, videos, and guidance through showcasing her older students utilizing WBT in many different settings
  3. Farrah Shipley at Farrah will provide you with the motivation to change the world of teaching through WBT
  4. Miss L at great resource, as she was just chosen to be the official WBT BLOG BUG
  5. Staci Glass at is so full of enthusiasm and ideas on how to get all educators on board with the WBT journey in your district
As a Whole Brain Teacher there are many, many more WBT blogs that are out there and available for anyone to view and follow. These blogs are an invaluable resource each and every day! For other resources please visit

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Just talking about WBT makes the excitement level bubble up!

I am currently teaching a classroom management graduate course and none of my students have heard of Whole Brain Teaching! I love, love, love it when I get to share and model the most effective and engaging classroom management system for all students EVER!!!!

I have found just talking about Whole Brain Teaching makes the excitement level bubble up and it is really hard for others not to feel that excitement, too! This course, Managing Classroom Environments, lends itself perfectly to utilizing WBT for instruction and also as a model for a class assignment. Student groups have to research and create a presentation on a classroom/school-wide management system that includes a description, features, methods for implementation, benefits, and examples of how to deal with different behavior situations.

Each week, I model and instruct using a few more WBT techniques and share a few more tidbits about WBT. This is like throwing a rock in the water....the ripple effect has begun...... Many students came to class tonight and shared that they had spent the last week watching WBT videos on YouTube and visiting the forum. Two students said that they have already talked with their principals and were given permission to try out WBT in the fall! Once the movement begins, it never ends!

On another note, our state MAP test scores will be available in the next few months and I cannot wait to see the significance that WBT had on student learning and achievement! Last July, I earned my PhD and this summer it is my goal to be published in a peer-reviewed journal. I am currently in the process of action research: Effectively Managing Classroom Behaviors: The Whole Brain Teaching Approach. I will keep you updated on my progress and quest to be published this summer!

If you want more information on Whole Brain Teaching, please visit Make sure that you do not miss WBT-TV segments, that you can view at any time or in real time on Tuesdays each week. Also, as you begin your WBT journey, jump on the WBT Certification path as well as, check out all the wonderful WBT teachers' blog sites! The resources and support are endless! FREE conferences are available across the U.S. this summer, check out one or two or many:)

Laura Caisse