Knight further says that serial or linear wiring is related to linear logical thinking, IQ, instincts and un-analyzed habits. That’s what is emphasized in schools and families that too through rote learning and behaviour shaping methods through rewards and punishment systems.
Associative connections wiring of the brain is where bundles of brain cells connect with each other creating new intra-serial wiring — this provides for our emotional intelligence and conceptual thinking. While, synchronous neural oscillations wiring is where wave motions form in all the parts of a brain that relate to a particular event providing holistic thinking which ranges from the relative simplicity of understanding the totality of concepts and ideas, says Knight.
Many educators are advocating WBT these days as a reform in the classroom processes and build quality into teaching students. WBT is an interesting, attention grabbing and highly interactive form of classroom instruction of small content segments by the teacher and group practice with feedback.
After, the teacher completes his or her small lesson, thereafter students teach what they have just learned to another classmate in pairs and small groups. They have to use hand-gestures to help remember the topic-specific vocabulary and new words.
In WBT, teachers are required to incorporate their own gestures, songs or chants in small learning segment they take up during the lesson and the students are expected to use those and their own gestures during peer tutoring.
While students teach each other in pairs or small groups, the teacher walks around the room to discover who understands the lesson and what to re-teach to as immediate feedback and reinforcement.
Although started in 1999 in US, WBT still has not reached only a few schools around the globe as a part of the school system. In India, in an Indore-based school, WBT has been tried as a three-stage learning (TSL) at the middle school level by dividing the syllabus into as many learning segments as the teaching days in an year. The lesson of the day was delivered in three stages called teacher-directed learning, group learning and individual practice.
Though, WBT seeks to actively engage every student in the lesson by incorporating many different teaching techniques and group learning into one lesson, but there are a few takers only.