The last 3 years, I have had my students help me create class rules and this seemed to work better but students still did not follow the rules at all times.
With Whole Brain Teaching, the 5 rules are EXCEPTIONAL! The five rules are the core component of the Whole Brain Teaching approach to education.
- Rule #1 is to follow directions quickly.
- Rule #2 is to raise your hand for permission to speak.
- Rule #3 is to raise your hand for permission to leave your seat.
- Rule #4 is to Make Smart Choices! Lastly,
- rule #5 is to keep your dear teacher happy.
- Rule #1 should have your hand more forward like a fish.
- Rule #2 should be taught by raising your hand up and down and then moving your hands as if speaking. My students are even taught if they have a question/statement, they must show me 5 fingers so I know they would like to talk.
- Teachers can introduce rule #3 by raising their hand and then walking with their fingers. My students hold up their pencil if they need to exchange it, hold up 1 finger if they need to go to get water, and hold up 2 fingers if they need to go to the bathroom. This prevents holding up a hand and then asking. I can just wait until time is right to tell them to go ahead.
- Rule #4 is the fun one because I tell my students we need to make smart choices by pointing to our “smart brain.” Teachers should tap their index finger on their temple while saying rule aloud.
- The last rule, rule #5 is to make a picture frame with L fingers around your face and bob your head up and down. Rules should not just be taught once. In fact, they should be repeated very often. I like to say aloud, “Oh class, someone just broke Rule #2” and the class will say aloud and act out, “Rule #2: Raise your hand for permission to speak.