Thanks to the wonderful world of Pinterest, I stumbled upon the Whole Brain Teaching method. I clicked a link for a cute, end of the year activity and ended up on an awesome teaching blog. I was watching the video of the kids using the Whole Brain Teaching in their classroom and they all looked so excited to learn and always knew what to do next. None of the kids were saying "wait, what do I do?" as I often hear in my own class (despite the fact that I've given the direction twice). Some of my kids have significantly delayed verbal processing, and I think this method would be really helpful! I've decided to try it out in my classroom tomorrow and see how it goes. It's the end of the year and I think my little guys would love to help me try something new to spice up the end of our year. I figure I can play around with the strategies for the next week, and then perfect it over the summer just in time for the new school year. Perhaps summer school would be another great way to practice this. Below are links for the official website, the great blog I found, and another great blog that has the 5 rules on cute little charts.
Whole Brain Teaching
Printable Charts for the 5 Rules
The blog that got me started on this