- The rules no longer hung on the wall ignored.
- We practiced the rules everyday in the beginning, and frequently throughout the year.
- It became an EASY and POSITIVE way to redirect behavior. Was someone talking? I simply said, "Rule #2." And the whole class reinforced the rules by repeating, "Raise your hand to speak," along with the gestures.
- The rules set concrete expectations that the students became so familiar with that it helped them to monitor their own behavior and take responsibility for their actions.
- Students even began to use the rules to kindly correct their classmates! Is that teacher heaven, or what?!
This year our school as a whole is adopting a new set of rules. There are ten "behavior ethics"...
Every class in the school will use these "ethics" to set expectations and communicate with parents. In a perfect world, I would be able to follow the WBT techniques to the letter and use the five classroom rules. However, due to these school-wide expectations I think it will be best to jump in and find a way to "Wibbify" what I have here.
The first five behavior ethics, more or less, cover the basic classroom rules that one would find in Whole Brain Teaching. I think I will post all the behavior ethics, but highlight the first five in some way. I will point out that these rules give guidelines on classroom behavior, so we will focus more attention on them in class by rehearsing them with gestures. Who knows...by the end of the year, the students might make gestures for all twenty of the ethics listed!
WBT Intern, 2011-12