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Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) is one of the nation's fastest growing education reform movements. Discover how you can become a WBT Board Certified educator online, and for free! More information about Whole Brain Teaching, and 1000s of pages of free downloads, is available at WholeBrainTeaching.com.
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Friday, June 15, 2012 What is Whole Brain Teaching (WBT)? Based on cutting edge brain research, Whole Brain Teaching is one of the world's fastest growing, education reform movements. Our materials, available for free download at WholeBrainTeaching.com, are fun and marvelously effective. Over the last decade, WBT's lively techniques have been classroom tested by thousands of educators across the U.S. and in 30 countries around the world. Whole Brain Teaching K-14 classrooms are ﬁlled with the sweetest sound teachers ever hear ... task focused laughter. WBT by the numbers -- 60,000 registered members at WholeBrainTeaching.com -- 2,000,000 views of WBT videos on YouTube -- 10,000,000 pages of free educational materials downloaded from WholeBrainTeaching.com What is WBT Certification? Whole Brain Teaching certiﬁcation is available at a variety of competency levels from Novice to International Presenter (see next page). A certiﬁed WBT educator has demonstrated the ability to effectively use core classroom management strategies and instructional materials available at WholeBrainTeaching.com. Letters of recommendation and awards that accompany WBT Certiﬁcation can be used as signiﬁcant supplements to an educator's professional resume. Friday, June 15, 2012 What are the levels of WBT Certification? Level 1: WBT Novice: 100 Certiﬁcation Points Level 2: WBT Advanced Novice: 200 Certiﬁcation Points Level 3: WBT Intermediate: 300 Certiﬁcation Points Level 4: WBT Advanced Intermediate: 500 Certiﬁcation Points + score 90% on online certiﬁcation test The next level is the biggie! Level 5: WBT Board Certiﬁed Instructor: 700 Certiﬁcation Points + Exemplary Video + Oral Exam Level 6: WBT Board Certiﬁed Trainer: 1000 Certiﬁcation Points + Special Assignments Level 7: WBT Board Certiﬁed District Presenter: 1500 Certiﬁcation Points + Special Assignments Level 8: WBT Board Certiﬁed Regional Presenter: 2000 Certiﬁcation Points + Special Assignments Level 9: WBT Board Certiﬁed National Presenter: 3000 Certiﬁcation Points + Special Assignments Level 10: WBT Board Certiﬁed International Presenter: 5000 Certiﬁcation Points + Special Assignments How do you earn Certification Points? The majority of your WBT Certiﬁcation Points are earned by simply writing online about your WBT teaching experiences. You can earn points by posting notes on our forum at WholeBrainTeaching.com or by creating a WBT blog (use blogger.com or any other free, blog creation website). Each entry must be 250+ words. Put your entries, with the date they were created, in a word processing ﬁle. When you reach 10 excellent entries, send the ﬁle attached to an email to Nancy Stoltenberg Director of WBT Certiﬁcation, [email protected] Allow two weeks for processing. You will be notiﬁed by email describing the number of Certiﬁcation Points and Certiﬁcation Medallions (page 5) you have earned. In addition, Ms. Stoltenberg will assign your next steps in WBT Certiﬁcation. Friday, June 15, 2012 What is the Certification Point (CP) scale? Note: All blog and forum posts must be a minimum of 250 words. 25 Certiﬁcation Points: Using free ebooks and videos available at WholeBrainTeaching.com, write a thoughtful blog or forum post about any of the following: SuperSpeed 100, SuperSpeed 1000, SuperSpeed Math, The Genius Ladder, Oral Writing (all previous on page 10), The Big Seven (Class-Yes, Five Rules, Scoreboard, Teach-Okay, Mirror, Hands & Eyes, Switch), or a WBT YouTube video, You can also earn 25 CP by gaining 25 followers on your blog. Finally, you can write about any lesson incorporating WBT materials or techniques not listed above. 50 Certiﬁcation Points: Write a thoughtful blog or forum post about any of the webcasts in the middle of the homepage at WholeBrainTeaching.com (page 9), a Five Step Lesson Plan (page 13) or gain 50 followers on your blog (page 8). 75 Certiﬁcation Points: Create an artistic blog (page 8) 100 Certiﬁcation Points: Write a blog or forum post about a WBT conference you attended (page 13), your Super Improvers Wall (page 12), your Power Pix Wall (page 12). In addition, you can create a sample video demonstrating WBT techniques (send an electronic link to the video to Nancy Stoltenberg, [email protected]), or gain 100 followers on your blog, 500 Certiﬁcation Points: After receiving approval from Ms. Stoltenberg, [email protected], begin working on an Exemplary Video (page 7) demonstrating WBT techniques Other Certiﬁcation Points: See page 11. Friday, June 15, 2012 How can you earn cool CP Medallions? Look at these cool Certiﬁcation Point Medallions! When you write great forum or blog posts, the Secret Awarder may read your notes and electronically send you a CP Medallion! Cross your ﬁngers!! When Ms. Stoltenberg reviews your ﬁle with its 10 outstanding forum or blog posts, she will determine which posts merit CP Medallions. Thus, you can win CP medallions in two ways: from the Secret Awarder or the Director of WBT Certiﬁcation! Friday, June 15, 2012 What should you remember? 1. You become a Board Certiﬁed WBT educator by earning Certiﬁcation Points. 2. Certiﬁcation Points (CP) may be earned in any of the following ways: -- writing blog or forum posts (250 words minimum) about any Whole Brain Teaching strategy, game, ebook, video, webcast or conference. -- CP points can also be earned by creating an artistic blog, attracting followers to your blog, increasing the total number of your forum posts or by creating Sample or Exemplary Videos. 3. To apply for Certiﬁcation, copy your 10 best dated posts and other WBT achievements (blog, video, total number of forum posts) into a word processing ﬁle. Send the ﬁle to Nancy Stoltenberg, Director of WBT Certiﬁcation, [email protected] Allow 2 weeks for processing. 4. When you achieve Level 5 Certiﬁcation, you will receive a Certiﬁcate of Achievement (page 14) and a letter of recommendation that can be added to your professional resume. 5. You gain coveted Certiﬁcation Point Medallions from the Secret Awarder or from Ms. Stoltenberg after she reviews your ﬁle of 10 forum or blog posts. 6. For further information about Certiﬁcation, contact Ms. Stoltenberg at the email address above. To let everyone know you are a FTBRW (Force To Be Reckoned With) start signing your forum posts with your total CP. Thus: William Yeats 475 CP, Medallions:Webcast (2), SuperSpeed 100 (1), Followers (25). Strategy: The easiest way to gain CP is probably to create a blog and start advertising it on the forum at WholeBrainTeaching.com and other websites. With one CP for every follower, you'll be racking up points while you sleep. Friday, June 15, 2012 What should you really remember? It is your responsibility to keep track of the awards you receive on the forum and for blog posts. To apply for Certiﬁcation, copy your 10 best dated posts and other WBT achievements (blog, video, total number of forum posts) into a word processing ﬁle. Send the ﬁle to Nancy Stoltenberg, Director of WBT Certiﬁcation, [email protected] Allow 2 weeks for processing. Friday, June 15, 2012 Video Certification Point Medallions Sample Video Medallion: A Sample Video demonstrates for 5-7 minutes your Whole Brain Teaching skill with your students. Please use Class-Yes, Teach-Okay and the Scoreboard. In addition, add any other WBT techniques appropriate to your lesson. So that your Sample Video can be posted on YouTube, students must have ﬁlled out your school's or district's video permission slips. When the video is posted, send an electronic link to Nancy Stoltenberg, [email protected] 100 Certiﬁcation Points: a Sample Video is required before creating an Exemplary Video. Exemplary Video Medallion: An Exemplary Video demonstrates for 5-7 minutes your outstanding Whole Brain Teaching skill with your students. Please use Class-Yes, Teach-Okay and the Scoreboard. In addition, add any other WBT techniques appropriate to your lesson. So that your Exemplary Video can be posted on YouTube, students must have ﬁlled out your school's or district's video permission slips. When you are ready to begin creating your video, seek Ms. Stoltenberg's help at [email protected] 500 Certiﬁcation points: an Exemplary Video is required for advancement to Level 5, WBT Board Certiﬁed Instructor. Friday, June 15, 2012 Blog Medallions Artistic Blog Medallion: The Artistic Blog medallion is awarded to Whole Brain Teaching blogs which creatively use photographs, background art, links to other education blogs and other electronic embellishments to create an attractive, engaging portrait of your passion for WBT. When you have 10 outstanding blog or forum posts, send them to Nancy Stoltenberg, [email protected] along with an link to your artistic blog. 75 Certiﬁcation Points. Blog Followers Medallion: Blog Followers Medallions are earned by attracting followers to your blog. You earn 1 CP for every follower! Write great blog posts, advertise your blog on the WholeBrainTeaching.com forum and other internet sites. When you have 10 outstanding blog or forum posts, send them to Nancy Stoltenberg, [email protected] Include a link to your blog so that your Certiﬁcation Points for followers may be tabulated. 25-100 Certiﬁcation Points. Friday, June 15, 2012 Webcast and YouTube Medallions YouTube Medallion: Watch one of our YouTube videos at . http://www.youtube.com/user/ChrisBifﬂe. Write a forum post or a blog note (250 words minimum) comparing and contrasting the video demonstration with your own classroom strategies. 25 Certiﬁcation Points. Webcast Medallion: Write a thoughtful post or blog entry about one of Whole Brain Teaching's webcasts (archived for 24/7 viewing in the middle of the homepage at WholeBrainTeaching.com). Discuss how you could (or have!) applied the webcast's subject to your classroom. 50 Certiﬁcation Points. Friday, June 15, 2012 Classroom Medallions 1 SuperSpeed 100 Medallion: SuperSpeed 100 and Electronic SuperSpeed 100 are games in which students set and break personal and team records for how quickly they can read the100 most common sight words. Both games are available under "Free Ebooks" at WholeBrainTeaching.com. Video 511 in the middle of the homepage at WholeBrainTeaching.com describes SuperSpeed 100. Blog or Forum Posts (250 words minimum) are worth 25 Certiﬁcation points each. SuperSpeed 1000 Medallion: SuperSpeed 1000 and Electronic SuperSpeed 1000 are games in which students set and break personal and team records for how quickly they can read the 1000 most common sight words. Both games are available under "Free Ebooks" at WholeBrainTeaching.com. Video 512 in the middle of the homepage at WholeBrainTeaching.com describes SuperSpeed 1000. Blog or Forum Posts (250 words minimum) are worth 25 Certiﬁcation points each. Oral Writing Medallion: Oral Writing is a teacher led activity designed to help students to respond to questions by speaking short paragraphs. This is an excellent strategy for building writing skills. Oral Writing is described in video 502 at WholeBrainTeaching.com, Blog or Forum Posts (250 words minimum) are worth 25 Certiﬁcation points. SuperSpeed Math Medallion: In SuperSpeed Math students set and break personal records for mastering math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and reducing factions. SuperSpeed Math is available as a free download under "Free Ebooks" at WholeBrainTeaching.com. Blog or Forum Posts (250 words minimum) are worth 25 Certiﬁcation points. Friday, June 15, 2012 The Genius Ladder Medallion: The Genius Ladder, one of our most popular language arts strategies, is a powerful, teacher led game for developing students thinking and writing skills. Students advance from simple sentences to short paragraphs. The Genius Ladder is described in video 504 in the middle of the homepage at WholeBrainTeaching.com. Blog or Forum Posts (250 word minimum) are worth 25 Certiﬁcation points. Post Medallion: When you write a reﬂective post on the forum at WholeBrainTeaching.com, you may be notiﬁed online by the Secret Awarder and earn this lovely Medallion worth 10 Certiﬁcation Points. Good posts describe teaching successes (or problems), new ideas about WBT or offer helpful hints for other educators. Industrial Strength Post Medallion: When you write a remarkable post on the forum, you may be notiﬁed online by the Secret Awarder and earn this Industrial Strength Post Medallion worth 25 Certiﬁcation Points. Total Posts Medallion: Every ﬁve posts on the forum at WholeBrainTeaching.com, potentially scores one Certiﬁcation Point. Thus, if you have 100 posts (of reasonable length), you've could earn 20 Certiﬁcation Points; if you have 200 posts, you could earn 40 Certiﬁcation Points. We are looking for thoughtful contributions. When you apply to Nancy Stoltenberg for Level Advancement, your posts will be reviewed for their merit. Excessive numbers of short posts, "Great job!," "You go girl!" will reduce your total post Certiﬁcation Points. Friday, June 15, 2012 Big Seven Medallion: In Whole Brain Teaching, the Big Seven teaching techniques are: Class-Yes (video 514), the Five Rules (video 515), Teach-Okay (video 516), the Scoreboard (video 517), Mirror (video 519), Hands & Eyes (video 518) and Switch (video 522). Outstanding posts on the forum at WholeBrainTeaching.com or on your WBT blog describing how you used several of the Big Seven in a lesson, can earn you 25 Certiﬁcation Points. Instant Bonus Medallion: These treasured medallions can be added to other Medallion Awards. Thus, if you write a truly wonderful account of the Big Seven (25 CP) you may also be awarded an Instant Bonus (25 more CP!) 25 Certiﬁcation Points. When Ms. Stoltenberg reviews your ﬁle, she may award some of your forum and blog posts with an Instant Bonus Medallion. Mind Soccer Medallion: Mind Soccer, one of WBT's most popular rewards for scoring points on the Scoreboard, gives students a high energy review of course material. Write a great forum post or blog note about WBT's Mind Soccer (video 507) and earn this handsome medallion. 25 Certiﬁcation Points. Facebook Medallion: Write a great comment about WBT on the Whole Brain Teaching Facebook page and win a nifty prize. 10 Certiﬁcation Points. Friday, June 15, 2012 Super Improvers Wall Medallion: The Super Improvers Wall (video 503) is WBT's most powerful student motivator. Student improvement can be rewarded for academic skill: increasing reading speed, mastering math facts, strengthening writing ability, deepening critical thinking strategies, etc. The Super Improvers Wall can also reward improved classroom behavior in following Rules 1-5, treating others with respect, polishing social skills, etc. 100 Certiﬁcation Points (a photograph of your Wall must be included with your forum or blog post). Power Pix Medallion: Your Power Pix Wall (video 529) displays all the core concepts you have covered. Power Pix for K-3 in math and language arts are available as downloads under "Free Ebooks" at WholeBrainTeaching.com. For higher grades, many teachers have created their own Power Pix. Thus, if you needed a Power Pix for the quadratic equation, you could simply create a deﬁnition and gesture and put the words "quadratic equation" on a sheet of typing paper and, viola, you've created a new Power Pix. 100 Certiﬁcation Points (a photograph of your Wall must be included with your forum or blog post). Secret Awards: The Secret Awarder may drop out of the electronic skies and give you a Secret Award Medallion for a lively blog post or forum comment ... even if it is shorter than 250 words! Collect all three of the Secret Awards and be the envy of anyone who has a strong propensity for enviousness! (Note the subtle difference between two of the awards.) 5 Certiﬁcation Points Friday, June 15, 2012 Five Step Lesson Medallion: The Five Step Lesson Plan (video 505) is one of WBT's core instructional techniques. Your lesson plan advances through ﬁve stages: question, answer, expansion, assessment, critical thinking. Blog or forum posts (250 word minimum) are worth 50 Certiﬁcation Points. Conference Medallion: After you attend a WBT conference, write a reﬂective forum post or blog note (250 word minimum) about your experiences. Share with others the wonders you discovered. 100 Certiﬁcation Points. When you advance to Level 5, Board Certiﬁed WBT Teacher, you will receive, via email, two awards. -- a personal letter of recommendation from a member of the WBT Executive Board -- the certiﬁcate of achievement on the following page. For further information about WBT Certiﬁcation, please email Nancy Stoltenberg, [email protected] Friday, June 15, 2012 Friday, June 15, 2012