I'd hardly settled into summer vaycay mode when it was time to get back to school!
A hectic but joyous summer was filled with grandchildren taking up residence and engaged in summer camp-mode. This meant grandma (yours truly) and grandpa became part of the systematic chauffeur-cook-play-and chauffeur some more team.
Hubby and I managed to get in our somewhat-annual sojourn to Williamsburg, VA and, summer cold aside, spent an enjoyable time catching up on all the archeological developments in the interactive learning centers of Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. I can't tell you why...especially given the early history of the country and its many inequalities but... I always have a sense of the possible when I visit these places. The sense that the promise the founding fathers held out for a free and independent people, is still within our grasp. If you have not visited these very special places you should do so.
Suffice it to say, as you note this, my first posting since way back in early July, there was hardly a moment to breath let alone reflect on the glories of WBT. Some really good summer fun and professional development, however, was had logging into the WBT Webinars throughout the summer.
Our school system starts back earlier than most of the country and even our state. So the second week of August found me returning to school and preparing to teach a new grade - Second! WBT was in full effect before the first student stepped through my door.
"I SEE WBT PEOPLE!"
WBTizzle in the Hizzle
Having taught 3rd grade for more than six years and wanting to see what I could contribute to the preparation of learners ready to meet the challenges of the grade 3 testing gateway, I requested the move to 2nd. On this side of the grade 2 to grade 3 coin I can attest to the truth of the statement that it's a big leap from 2nd to 3rd. There's quite the knowledge and skills gap to be overcome making what happens in all the grades leading up to 3rd incredibly important. WBT is an essential tool in my instructional tool belt with which to work at this rather daunting challenge.
|One of our first Super Speed 100 session.|
Who knew learning those oh so important sight words
could be so much fun?
WBT Super Speed Math starts this week!
I see WBT as a means of really navigating these uncharted waters and right from the start of this school year have placed its ever-expanding models and techniques front and center in my Brainy Bunch 2.0 classroom. There's just good, solid stuff in WBT with which to develop the foundational habits of mind and essential learning skills my second graders need to highlight and demonstrate their strengths while they push through, transcend and transform their learning deficits.
BUT WAIT...THERE'S MORE!
Mere words cannot express how impressed and excited I am about the new WBT Writing Game. Again, WBT raises the bar on the creation of quality instructional material that responds to the real world needs of learners and teachers! Coupled with "Red Marker/Green Marker" (I call it Red Dot, Green Dot with my learners), "Air Writing", and the "Genius Ladder", I fully expect my 2nd graders to be expert writers well before the end of the school year. (Way to put that 40+ years of teaching experience to good use, Coach B!) If the terms used above are sounding odd and unfamiliar you need to head on over to www.wholebrainteaching.com and check out the archive of free webinars and downloadable ebooks and guides.....a veritable treasure trove of material all of which weaves the GTF - the Golden Thread of Fun - through learning. Be careful though - you could get pleasurably "lost" for hours!