This summer I learned all about Whole Brain Teaching and I absolutely love it! The one thing that I just couldn’t bring myself to do though was to give up my classroom “rules” to switch over to the WBT ones. For the past 8 years, I have used The 5 Ways to Be.
There they are hanging from the ribbon in my classroom. I love the 5 Ways to Be because they aren’t really “rules,” but more of a way of living life every day. They cover pretty much any classroom or playground scenario a kiddo could think of. We spend a lot of time at the beginning of the school year learning about the 5 Ways. On the first day we do a carousel cooperative learning activity and make looks like, sounds like charts. We talk about what each of the 5 ways would look like and sound like in our classroom and other places around school. These charts then hang in a high profile area (near the drinking fountain) part of the room all year. We spend a lot of time talking about them and getting gentle reminders throughout the year about being the 5 Ways.
I have been playing around trying out some new things on my new laptop and created these colorful polka dot posters for the 5 Ways.
You can grab them by clicking on the picture or downloading them for free at my TpT store!