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 walking figure 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 “L” framing your face; bob your head back and forth with each word and smile really big!)
Now, let's think briefly, about how these five classroom rules relate to brain structure. The brain learns in five ways, by seeing, saying, hearing, doing and feeling. When we teach the rules with the Whole Brain signs, our students' brains are maximally operative. They see the signs, hear the rules, say the rules and make the gestures. We are upbeat and entertaining in our presentation! Students will also have the lovely feeling of having fun.