Here is the reveal of my Power Pix Wall:
|Reading Power Pix Wall|
|Math Power Pix Wall|
Initially, I was VERY intimidated and overwhelmed about using Power Pix in my classroom! Given that I teach 5th grade and Power Pix are only already made for grade 3 and below, I felt I didn’t have time to create them AND implement all the other components of WBT. I am so thankful I decided to commit to using them in my classroom! If you want to know the basics of Power Pix, read my post on the Whole Brain Teaching forum HERE. Now that I have used them as an integral part of my lessons for over a month, I can give a personal account of its powerful benefits.
I begin almost every lesson with the introduction of the Power Pix that goes along with the standard I’m teaching. I then introduce a gesture that correlates with the visual representation. Students mirror my gestures and “teach” each other (also using gestures and eventually specific examples). I always begin my review lessons by calling the appropriate grid coordinate on the Power Pix wall that relates to the specific lesson. Using Power Pix as a lesson starter, will engage visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners from the very beginning of instruction!
RETENTION AND CRITICAL THINKING
If students cannot recall how to do a particular math problem or how to figure out an author’s Point of View, all they need to do is look at the board for the direct reminder. I often see students gesturing and looking at the Power Pix while working through independent work! You can actually cover a specific Power Pix for a test, and students STILL visually remember which one was there. You can integrate critical thinking skills by having students compare and contrast different Power Pix using the *because* clapper. For example: A prime number is different from a composite number *because* a prime number only has 2 factors, 1 and itself, and a composite number has more than 2 factors.
I am a do- it – yourselfer at heart, so I draw my own Power Pix. This works for me because I can decide to add one at any time, especially if I decide to change the way I approach the lesson. I plan on eventually streamlining them and scanning them for the use of other 5th grade teachers. Being that I taught 4th grade last year, a lot of the same ones may also be used. I am going to laminate them so that they stay in good shape for years to come. If you don’t fancy drawing your own, there are templates you can insert clipart unto right HERE. I still have to write the corresponding common core standard on each Power Pix.
If you still have doubts that Power Pix could work in your classroom, just promise yourself to try it for even a week! If you have any questions, or want any gesture ideas to go with your lessons, feel free to ask! EVERY class has visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners that could benefit from using this technique! Allow yourself the opportunity to discover the potent power of Power Pix!