Thursday, July 12, 2012


Okay, so I have finally have a clear picture on my NEW classroom and it is coming together pretty nicely now!  Beginning to feel the calm before the storm as well as feeling at home....a new home.

I decided this year that I was going to add to my WBT strategies that I began using (with success) last year.  This year, it is the Super Improver Wall.  I am so excited and I know my little munchkins will be too.  I had to do a bit of online research to see what and how other walls looked like.  It is important that it is appealing to the children, at least mine!  Here is what I came up with:  a blend of a few different bloggers:

I watched the webcast.....503 and was amazed at the simplicity of this strategy.  There are so many great things about the Super Improver Wall but for me, it is POSTIVE and second, it is FREE!  Wow, that is always a good thing to a teachers wallet. 

So this is what I have gathered through watching the webcast and reading other blogs:

1.) there are 10 levels that the children must earn their way through

2.) each level, the student can earn 10 stars;  1 for every time they show improvement in something.
         a.) examples of earning stars are (K-1) sitting correctly on the rug, raising their hand to speak
              improvement with fluency, handwriting, math, the possibilities are endless!!!

3.)  When reaching a new level, the color of their star (index card or whatever is used) changes to the color of the level. 

4.) after reaching the 4th level, take a picture of the student with some friends making funny faces.  Print it out and on the next day of school, place it on the wall BACKWARDS.  The student has to reach the next level (or 5 more stars) to flip over their picture.  That is AWESOME!  Let me hear you say "Oh Yeah"!

5.)  Continue taking pictures every other level as an incentive.  The students will love it.

6.) If you run out of levels...add more!

7.)  You can get really creative and name your levels to correspond to the theme of your classroom (ex.  dinosaurs from smallest to largest, parts of a tree starting with nut all the way to a large oak tree.  Again, the possibilities are endless)

8.) The key to this strategy is that the student is not doing anything other than bettering themself.  There is only one competition and that is student vs. self.  How wonderful is that. 

9.)  After the first level is completed you can go so far as to have the student set their own personal goals to achieve.  Now that is differentiated instruction if ever I have seen it!

10.)  You can even tie the Universal Homework Model to the SIW (not sure yet on how that works but will soon find out)!

This is just a quick overview of the webcast and the strategy.  I might not have gotten every part, but it is a good start for me.  I am a firm believer in positive reinforcement instead of negative.  I do not like to holler (and I do not think I did one time last year).  This is only going to make my happy room even happier!

WBT is teacher HEAVEN!!!

Blessings to all,

Amanda Mc.


  1. Looks AWESOME Amanda! It is definitely "super" :)
    P.S I LOVE that you have a water cooler in your classroom, why haven't I thought of that??

    Miss L (WBT Blog Bug)
    Miss L's Whole Brain Teaching

  2. I am so happy to have found your blog Amanda. I have been reading about WBT this summer and seeing how I can tie it in with Conscious Discipline. I am your newest follower and am very excited to join you on this journey. I would love for you to hop over and visit me when you get the chance. =)

    Heather's Heart

  3. Thank you ladies! I am pretty excited about the SIW and about blogging...LOL. WBT has become an addiction to me but it is just so fabulous!

    @MissL....water is good for the brain! My students have access all day long, not just scheduled water breaks. It is wonderful.

  4. Nice wall Amanda. I love WBT. It works and it is so easy to do. I too will be using SIW wall for the first time this year and I am still trying to figure out the names of my levels.
    Think all night…..Teach all day

  5. Deanna, I did not get very creative on my levels for my first year. I just wanted to do it and get all of "MY" kinks out before going into creativity overload. LOL

  6. This was the most helpful explanation I've seen! I'm on board with a SIW now and I mentioned your page here.
    Thank you for the inspiration!

  7. Has your year started yet? I can't wait to see how this is going for you.

    I'm your newest follower.

    Mrs.D Reading with Mrs. D