Under the Goodies tab at Whole Brain Teaching:

A WBT classroom is a constantly rewarding, no failure environment.  Rewards without threats of failure are good for brains!

When Timmy doesn’t know the answer to a question, or answers incorrectly, quickly say, “Tell Timmy ‘it’s cool!”  Your class says, “it’s cool!”  Tim isn’t embarrassed; you quickly supply the right answer.  Perhaps best of all, when you make a mistake, your class will give you a merry, and forgiving, “it’s cool!”

No. No. Really? Seriously?

Mrs. Quiggle: Timmy, where on the number line is four-fifths?

Timmy: Ummm. Between four and five?

Entire Fucking Class: It’s cool!

T: Yeah? It’s cool? I got it right?

Mrs. Q: Oh, four-fifths is right here. Right about here. If you can just imagine this space spliced up… Yes, that’s right, it’d be sitting right here, Timmy.

T: So I did not get it right.

EFC: It’s cool that you said four-fifths is between four and five, Timmy. We wanted you to be merry.

T: Who’s Mary?

Mrs. Q: They meant merry, dear, like Merry Christmas! Oh, oops, I shouldn’t have said the word Christmas. I’m so sorry.

T: So the class wanted me to be merry-as-in-Merry-Christmas because I said the wrong answer?

EFC: We wanted to be forgiving too, Timmy.

T: Forgiving? Like I committed a goddamn sin? And what’s so cool about my giving a wrong answer? This is so goddamn embarrassing!

Mrs. Q: Oh, watch your language, dear. But you shouldn’t be embarrassed, dear! I mean you shouldn’t be because I quickly supplied you with the right answer!

EFC: Remember, Timmy, we’re in a WBT class where your farts don’t stink and your wrong answers are cool.

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  1. Michael Paul Goldenb
    Posted May 30, 2016 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the laugh/cringe. For a second, when I saw WBT, I thought we’d lost you to the Dark Side.

  2. Posted May 30, 2016 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    And what will “cool” be replaced with, now that ‘cool’ is ‘old hat’.

    • msikora
      Posted July 11, 2016 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

      apparrently my kids think “cheesin” is “cool.”

  3. Posted May 30, 2016 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    Here are four secrets of our method:
    How about this one? What got you looking at that website? I checked it out and decided, not worth my time.
    If you make your rules fun to follow, students will be more likely to follow your rules.
    -Highly energetic students with short attention spans respond remarkably well … to short lessons peppered with learning opportunities to be highly energetic.
    -Rebel students become significantly less rebellious when the teacher is eagerly supported by the rebel’s former allies.
    -If classroom instruction entertainingly engages the whole brain, students don’t have any mental area left over to create challenging behavior!

  4. Posted May 31, 2016 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    I, too, had a ‘peek’ at part of the message in my Gmail which didn’t disclose the satire elements, so there was brief cognitive dissonance when just under the excerpt was… your web address.
    Let’s keep that EFC rolling!

  5. Celina Rockett
    Posted July 23, 2016 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    At first I thought I was going to be reading about a way of teaching that I was going to need to work on and feel guilty about because it was something I am not doing. However, this brought a smile on my face and had to laugh…thank you for this! haha

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