I came across a remarkable video yesterday, a clip that troubles my already troubled mind. It is a good thing that people are looking for innovative ways to engage and teach children, but take a look at THIS VIDEO and see if you have any concerns with what’s going on in this third grade classroom.
I’ve cued it up to 3:41, just before the enthusiastic and charismatic young teacher, a rising superstar in the WBT firmament, lays out the rules of Whole Brain Teaching. They are as follows:
Follow directions quickly;
Raise your hand for permission to speak;
Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat;
Make smart choices;
Keep your dear teacher happy.
Turn to your partner and say “that was awesome!” and the eight year-olds chant in cadence “That was awesome!!!” And got a point for their enthusiasm and quick obedience. With enough points, and few enough demerits, they will earn an extra sixty seconds of recess.
Nothing wrong with these rules, I suppose, but…. watch the video.
Meantime, there is a head to be banged on a wall, in that same child-like cadence.