The more educational fun we can introduce into our classrooms, the more students will learn and the fewer opportunities there will be for challenging behavior. -Chris Biffle
All seasoned educators know that a classroom that runs well, does so because of established routines. One vital routine that must be taught early on (I’m talking in the first few minutes) is the Attention Grabber. In a Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) classroom, we use one quick and easy word to achieve this…. “Class! – Yes!” That is it! 2 words that are simple and efficient!
Say good-bye to complicated rhymes, clapping patterns, bells, and the flickering of lights. Once you achieve the Class – Yes pattern in your classroom, you have set up your year for success!
The “trick” of course is to keep it fresh. When taught, the students learn that however you say “class” they must say “yes.” For example, if you say, “Class Class” then their response is “Yes Yes.” Make it fun, make it silly, and keep it changing! Consider having your kids come up with some ideas too and make it fun for everyone.
The best part is, anyone can use it with your class, and it works! This is a substitutes best friend, and soon it will be yours too!
Interested in the Brain Based Science behind Class – Yes
Class-Yes involves the prefrontal cortex which is the reasoning center of the brain. It is best to think of this area as a “light switch” that must be turned on in order for the rest of the brain to process information.