How Much of Your Brain Do You Use?

Whole brain teaching (WBT) and Power Teaching are techniques teachers use to help students involve both hemispheres of the brain in learning.  The techniques incorporate large motor movements coupled with repetitive phrases the teachers want the students to learn.

I embedded a video which demonstrates Whole Brain Teaching.  In this video, a first grade teacher is teaching about sentences.

What do you think?  Would you enjoy learning this way if you were a student in this class?  Would you enjoy teaching with this method?


Hello, my name is Amy McCown. I am a first grade teacher at Oakman Middle School in Oakman, Alabama.  I also live in Oakman with my husband of 22 years, Scott, and our son, Andrew, who is a freshman at Oakman High School.  In addition to teaching, I have fun making birthday and wedding cakes for friends and family, reading good books, and dabbling with painting.

I don’t remember the exact moment I decided to become a teacher, but I dreamed about it from a young age.  My sister and I had a small playhouse in the backyard and it was filled with chalk, books, and old school papers where we played “school” many afternoons.  I started education classes at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama, and later completed my bachelor’s degree in elementary education at the University of West Florida in Pensacola.  I am currently working on my Master’s degree at the University of West Alabama.  I taught at Agape Christian Academy in Niceville, Florida, and at Sumiton Elementary/Jr. High in Sumiton, Alabama, before teaching at my current school. 

As a teacher, I strive to make my classroom a place where students can learn and excel.  Every day my students share new ideas, practice skills with games and projects, and learn new facts and surprises about the world around them.  I hope I can continue to work with young students for many years to come.