Tuesday, October 19, 2010

There's Gold in Them Thar Brains

According to the Gilroy Dispatch (of Gilroy, CA), Eliot Elementary School is about to implement Whole Brain Teaching. They've signed a contract with Chris Biffle to the tune of $7,000. The article doesn't explain exactly what the Biffinflator will do for this large chunk of change, but they do mention 2 weekend workshops. That's nice work if you can get it ...


  1. And a couple more interesting links, showing that more people are resisting the Whole Brain juggernaut:

    EA Forum: Whole Brain Teaching

    Whole Brain Teaching -- ideas about the brain are idiotic

  2. Yet another Hole Brain DirectorOctober 23, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Chris Biffle's rate was $1,500 for a Power Teaching workshop just last year in San Bernardino. At a time in California when teachers are being RIFed (laid of due to "reduction in force,) tuitions increased, special ed services were threatened, teachers left without raises third year in a row- Chris Biffle increased his fees by a whopping 60%! And that's not including the one thousand dollars expense per diem, folks.

  3. For the record, I would like to state that the problem with Whole Brain Washing goes far beyond the question of whether the Biffler is ripping off schools. If he was giving it away, it would still be too expensive. It's just a bad program.

  4. Yet another Hole Brain DirectorOctober 23, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    And where you too can find it.


    Board of Education Meeting
    May 5, 2009
    Bing Wong Elementary School wishes to hire Chris Biffle to present a workshop, “Power
    Teaching Challenging Students (and the rest of your class, too!)” to staff on July 31, 2009. The
    cost, not to exceed $1,500.00, will be paid from Restricted General Fund – NCLB Title I PI
    School Support, Account No. 524.

  5. Yet another Hole Brain DirectorOctober 23, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    FedUpMom, I agree and I understand. I too do not like the methods.
    But since this is the only place on the web talking about the money- Let's talk about the money!
    As Chris Biffle is crying poverty at his websight-
    "Now, the very sad, sad news! The presentation won’t be free!!! Gasp! The cost of running our free website is way above what our teacher salaries can handle. But don’t despair ... if we’re not free, at least we can still be amazingly cheap.

    How does a $9.95 conference sound?"
    - maybe a few interested teachers will read and consider another side.

  6. Absolutely, let's talk about the money. Apparently you can buy "Rule #5" buttons for "only a few dollars apiece!" Barf.

  7. They also have a store on their website with the rules for a "multi-hued" room. Money for workshops. Money for stupid buttons. Money for ridiculous rule cards. Money for webinars. How much does that website cost? I mean, that's what they claim all of the money is going towards. Also, seven grand from Gilroy? Couldn't that be used for their website? I haven't been on the website much, but from what I can tell, it's not that amazing of a site with tons of expensive graphics. Makes one think that they might be using the money for other reasons; pretty crazy thought huh?

  8. Suburban Chicken FarmerOctober 23, 2010 at 6:01 PM

    Right. Teachers at my kids' school last year were wearing them. "Barf" is apropos! His daughter is selling those. You can have them made for about
    75 cents each.

  9. Suburban Chicken FarmerOctober 23, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    lol Anonymous, their rules posters have humongous watermarks- as if they're in danger of being ripped off, fine graphic art that they are!