I had researched WBT over Christmas break deciding on what I could implement within the classroom structure that I had already created. First I decided to implement "The Five Rules":
- Follow directions quickly
- Raise your hand for permission to speak
- Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat
- Make smart choices
- Keep your dear teacher happy
I began by posting the rules on the wall and they remained there for the rest of the year. I taught my students the actions and reciting them became a part of our morning routine. In the beginning, I also practiced after lunch. Any time we came back from a break we practiced them twice a day until I felt routines were established.
Anytime a student broke a rule, I would simply say the rule and students would follow along with me and recite the rule. I would go back to teaching and continue the lesson. No calling out kids names, turning cards, bringing extra attention and time to the situation.
Using these five rules was liberating. I finally felt that I had control over the behaviors. I felt that helping them correct unwanted behaviors with rule reciting was a positive way to remind ALL students of the expectations.
By far I noticed the biggest difference in my classroom environment just by implementing The Five Rules.
If you are trying out WBT for the first time, The Five Rules will change your classroom.
How have The Five Rules helped you?