Whole Brain Teaching uses 5 Classroom Rules to organize the behavior in your classroom. When first introducing these rules to your students, use the suggested script in the link below.
Modifications to the Classroom Rules
I modified the wording for two of the rules along with their accompanying gestures. You can read more about my decision to do so in my post 5 Classroom Rules: The Organizer.
Classroom Rules Posters
- 5 Classroom Rules Posters (my version)
My posters use the original graphics created by Whole Brain Teaching. However, for just 99 cents each, you can purchase a set of posters from Whole Brain Teaching. They offer a greater selection of graphics that you may want to choose to reflect a more ethnically diverse student population. Also, Teachers Pay Teachers has many free downloads (you will need to create a free account). Just type in “Whole Brain Teaching” in the search box and you can view pages of free materials, many of them are variations on the rules either with wording or cute graphics.
Rehearse Your Classroom Rules
Of course it’s unrealistic to expect our students to master the classroom rules after only one introduction. Effective teachers spend a lot of time early in the school year practicing the rules and routines that will form the foundation for a successful classroom. This is not wasted time, but just the opposite. It’s an investment into the future of your classroom. The more time you spend rehearsing your classroom rules in August, the more time for academic instruction you will have the rest of the school year.
Remember to schedule time throughout your day to rehearse the rules and their gestures with your students. Why not? It’s quick and easy to do, plus it sends the message that these are the rules we live by in your classroom. As the year progresses, you can call on student leaders to lead the class during a rehearsal. This practice helps instill a sense of responsibility and ownership among your students.