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Five Classroom Rules

Five Classroom Rules

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Published by: Georgia Ramsey on Jun 27, 2011
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Five Classroom Rules
Jeff Battle, Director, North Carolina Whole Brain Teachers jkbattle@gmail.com The following are five classroom rules that will make your life amazingly easier. One of them is nuclear power in your hands! If rules are only posted on your board they are not really a part of your class. You must have the rules running around in your students¶ heads for them to be effective. It will also help you quiet extra talking in the class. Look for that as you read.Teach them as follows:
Rule One:
Follow directions quickly! (the gesture: make your hand shoot forward like a fish)
Rule Two:
Raise your hand for permission to speak (the gesture: raise your hand, then pull it down next to your head and make a talking motion. This rule will be the most commonly violated. See below for how you stop this without criticism or negativity.)
Rule Three:
Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat. (the gesture: raise your and, and then make a little walkingfigure with your index and middle finger.)
Rule Four:
Make smart choices! (the gesture: tap one finger to your temple as you say each word.
Rule Five:
Keep your dear teacher happy! (the gesture: hold up each thumb and index finger out like an ³L´ framing your face;bob your head back and forth with each word and smile really big!)In elementary school, rehearse the rules first thing in the morning, after lunch and after each recess. When you call out the rulenumber, your students respond with the rule itself and the correct gesture. Make the rehearsals as entertaining as possible; use avariety of voices (happy, robot, froggy) and tempos, fast, slow, super fast. For additional fun, ask of your liveliest students to lead therules rehearsal.
Rule Two will be the most commonly violated, duh. You do not have to call anyone down; you do not have tomention names. If you are addressing the class and some kids are talking, you stop, hold up two fingers and loudly say ³RULE TWO!´ 

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