Whole Brain Teaching Teacher Training Videos
Continuing on with my teacher training videos, I bring to you the Whole Brain Teaching method. This method is super effective for more older/advanced ESL students in my opinion. Please keep in mind teaching native students with this technique is a lot easier than with ESL students. I tried incorporating these methods into my primary school lessons and had mixed results. I found primary grades 1 – 3 struggled with the concept of rules, simply because they couldn't understand them. Even when I translated the rules into Chinese they couldn’t grasp the concept that, English Rule 1 written on the board was inrelation to Chinese Translated Rule 1. Also having them repeat the rules was very difficult for the younger audiences.
Trying to do pair work with the “Teach...OK” was difficult to implement too. Simply because the students would see this as playtime or they where to shy to work with their neighbour, especially if their neighbour was of the opposite sex. If I had an assistant teacher I would of had more success though. Generally I found older students grades 4+ could follow along more easily with more enthusiasm.
The when I say “Class” you say “Yes” principle, worked on all levels of primary school students. They really enjoyed this. This is such an awesome technique to psychologically get them on task without telling them to please stop, listen and be quiet.
The “Mirror” technique is a lot of fun too. The only draw back to this method is, you need to think what actions your going to associate with the words and sentences before you teach them. Obviously, this is why you need to lesson plan prior, unless your good at thinking and being creative on your feet (Which I am not).
In February 2012 I plan to teach teenagers and I cannot wait to use this concept. I know it will be better accepted with older audiences.
If your an oral English teacher then your probably aware of the 20/80 teaching rule. For example the teacher should just talk and teach roughly 20% of the lesson and then the rest of the lesson, the students are supposed to be practising what was learnt using a variety of techniques: Games, Role-plays, Discussions, Group and Pair work. This kind of structure is most effective in building the students confidence to speak English and provides a more natural environment to practice conversational English. I feel this teaching concept is the best way to go about teaching oral English. Not only are the the Whole Brain Teaching concepts genius but they keep the students minds occupied and switched on all the time in a fun and challenging way.
Below you can find 8 videos describing the Whole Brain Teaching technique.
Whole Brain Teaching (Power Teaching) Lesson 1
Whole Brain Teaching (Power Teaching) Lesson 2
Whole Brain Teaching (Power Teaching) Lesson 3
Whole Brain Teaching (Power Teaching) Lesson 4
Whole Brain Teaching (Power Teaching) Lesson 5
Whole Brain Teaching (Power Teaching) Lesson 6
Whole Brain Teaching (Power Teaching) Lesson 7
Whole Brain Teaching (Power Teaching) Lesson 8
This set of videos demonstrates how to incorporate the Whole Brain Teaching technique.
How To Begin Whole Brain Teaching: 1
How To Begin Whole Brain Teaching: 2
You can learn more about this technique at the authors website at WholeBrainTeaching.com.
If you have any training videos, articles etc you would like to share with me, or teaching ideas, feel free to contact me (Using the contact form) or use the comments section below.