Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WBT 122 Amazing Games Ch. 3

Chapter 3 of the new WBT book 122 Amazing Games is jam packed with 10 games.

Each of first 8 games in this list, which are classroom management techniques, have some variations. The last two provide a way for you to track the improvements you are making in your classroom.

Since many of these are familiar to those who have dabbled in WBT, I want to detail the one that I will be making a focus for myself this coming school year: CEA. When I read about this in Whole Brain Teaching for Challenging Kids, I thought it would be something good to do, but just never actually did. My hope is that it will not only help me see each student individually but it will also help me see those small changes over the course of the entire year.

The Classroom Engagement Average, or CEA, privately gives you a chance to look at each student in your class and places them into one of these categories with points:

4 points - Alphas: These are the kids that follow all the rules, have their eyes on the target, and    
                               generally give their best to you
3 points - Go-Alongs: They frequently follow the Alphas and usually do the above.
2 points - Fence-Sitters: Some days these kiddos are on it and other days, yeah, not so much. New
                                         students would be placed here since you don't really know them yet.
1 point - Challenging Kids: While rare, this are the students who hardly ever follow directions, or
                                               anything else that you'd wish them to do.

Each week, you average your CEA by adding the points for each student then dividing by the number of students you have. The goal is simple - raise the average by .1 every month. Over the course of a year, this would mean every student has moved up one level!

As time goes on, you want to create Leaders from your Alphas. They get 5 points in your average. You can also encourage faster moves by using Star Cards. Chose a few Climbers - those who you can see easily moving up! Give them a card labeled with a behavior you'd like to see improvement in. The student self tallies each time they believe they are meeting that goal. You view it at the end of each day and when you feel they have really improved, they receive a Super Improvers star! I think the best part is you aren't dictating how many tallies or how long it will take for this improvement to become a habit! The book even mentions an addition to the card using a star punch, but you'll have to get the book and read it yourself to find out what that is!

Want to learn more or join in this book club? You can even just read the posts or pose questions there if you'd prefer not to blog. Visit the WBT 122 Amazing Games Book Talk Facebook page by clicking the picture below!

1 comment:

  1. Great insight, Julie! I have to say that this is something I want to do this year and frequently assessing my students on this scale. I haven't done it yet, myself. Here's to us accomplishing this goal for this school year!