I found Whole Brain Teaching last summer and became a follower.
We also read Bono the Monkey, a cute story about a naughty monkey who learns to follow classroom rules, so I've adapted some of the rules.
We learn these rules with hand motions and review them everyday.
I think it's great because if pushing becomes an issue,
I just ask, "What's rule #4?"
But my favorite is Rule #5,
How does that old Mama adage go?
If Teacher ain't happy,
Ain't Nobody happy :)Rules English
Each rule has hand gestures:
1-cup ear, point to the teacher
2-raise hand, make talking motion with hand
3-raise hand, make walking motion with 2 fingers
4-motion no with fingers, grab your wrist, and motion no with fingers again
5-point to teacher, smile, trace your smile with index finger the
and say "ding" and flip pinky finger up (like Austin Powers)