whole brain teaching series post #4: classy copyright

First up, copyright…All of my items were removed from TpT. I am hoping to be able to post here, but am seeking permission first. Stay tuned.
Today’s post is on one of my favorite aspects of wbt. Attention getters. I don’t know about you, but I like attention. And when I want attention, I better get it.
Here’s how I used to go about bringing the class back together again. I used to cross my arms, wait, stare with an irritated look until some of the kids caught one and nudged their peers to get quiet. It works, but it takes awhile and I demand attention promptly! Enter Class/Yes! Now when I need my little dears to quiet down, I say CLASS, they respond with YES. If they don’t, guess what!? Score one for me! But they always do. Why? It’s because of the way I say it. WBT.com calls it tomfoolery. I love that. You sort of trick the kids into thinking it’s fun to behave!
Here’s what I mean…transition time in the room. Ohhh, claaass, CLASS, class. Ohhh, yeeesss, YES, yes! they respond. They must match my tone and intonation. I love it! Sometimes I whisper, they whisper. Sometimes I use an accent, they use an accent. If I stretch out claaaaass, they stretch out yeeeesss. It works folks! I teach this day one.

Another great first step I do day one is Teach-OK. This is great for that perfect practice makes perfect I discussed yesterday. It’s great in my minilessons, too! Rather than droning on captivating my audience solo, I intro a concept, they turn to a partner sitting right next to them and repeat what I just said {gestures and all cause I am super handsy and I was completely unaware until I had to watch those National Board videos a hundred times!}. Then Classity-class. Yessity-Yes. We are back. If you think them turning and talking on their own is too much, then assign everyone to be a 1 or a 2. This way they turn and talk to another number.
at about 3:45 some teach-ok happens. Ok, I also commented back to the dear sweet parent that says their kid would be bored. I couldn’t help it, plus it’s under my 13 year old’s username! That little Lego Storm trooper must be a teacher in disguise!

I will also be doing a giveaway next week where the winner can choose any theme they’d like for a pack!


  1. LOVE this idea! The "hey" "ho" is pretty cute. I am definitely going to add this to my attention getters. Thanks for sharing! Sorry to hear about your Tpt items. :(

    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  2. Love the Hey, Ho!! Love getting new ways to grab my students attention. Sorry to hear about your items on TPT. I had to take my Angry Bird item off because of copyright.


  3. More and more I"m thinking I want to do this! I did mostly clapping last year and the kids got super lazy with it.
    Adventures in Room 5

  4. Always look forward to your WBT posts. :) These were great, thanks for sharing!

    Teaching Maddeness
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  5. So sorry to hear about your TPT products. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these. Super cute!! I was thinking about making some but it sounds like it isn't a good idea to to put them on TPT. Great post!!
    The Hive

  6. I love the attention getters! That really stinks about the whole copyright thing. It seems like there are a lot of crack downs on that lately. I look forward to reading more WBT posts!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  7. OH MY GOSH! I just had to rush over here and tell you how much it touched me that you knew what a musical lover I am with your blog name suggestion!

    I just love the bloggy community and how we all know each other... from just our computers!

    You made my day!


  8. haha! I feel like I "know" so many people. I was at a common core meeting with district 2nd grade teachers last week and showed them your site. They were like, where does she teach, oh Michigan...like I am your neighbor or something!

  9. I have a colleague who's planning to roll out whole brain teaching next year. I'm going to point her to your blog for sure.

  10. TpT sure is doing a lot of cracking down this week... Daily 5, Pete the Cat and now Whole Brain.. grrr. Your stuff is really cute. I am your newest follower!
    Kickin' it in Kinder

  11. @Rachel Lamb

    Well WBT.com offers everything on their site for free, even their conferences are free, with the exception of some rule posters they sale for like 99 cents, so they aren't making any money off of people promoting their products. I can see why he didn't want people selling their items. We need to start being REALLY careful about the items we put for sale in our shops so we don't get TPT into any trouble.

  12. I love using "Class? Yes!" This was my first year experimenting with WBT and I was thrilled with the results. I am going to one of their free conferences this summer :) I'm sorry about your TPT items... I am a new blogger and have yet to post anything because all of the copyright issues freak me out!!

    EduKate and Inspire


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