Whole Brain Teaching: Switching Up Class-Yes

Have you ever used Class-Yes to get your class' attention? I LOVE it and it's so much fun to vary its delivery.
There are at least a thousand ways to say Class-Yes in your class and a few of them live on this post HERE.

Some new ideas I have been trying are shouting out math facts (addition only, for now) and having my kids reply with the answer. For example, doing some doubles one time, or all combinations of ten for another. It typically takes me 2-3 times to have the entire class' attention, and the extra practice never hurts :)

One thing I am loving this time of year is adding in some additional words so it's not always "Class" that I am saying out to the group. Since it's Halloween season, my new phrase this week is "Hocus Pocus" and the kids reply "Everybody Focus."

Click on the sign above or HERE to pick up this freebie from Google Docs. I hope you can use it as a super-fun way to keep Class-Yes fresh :)

Here are some additional ideas, courtesy of Dragonflies in First:

Hope you are enjoying your week so far!


  1. Ok- LOVE this idea :)
    Thanks, Stephanie!!

  2. I have been using class yes and it is working out so great. I love it. However I love the idea of changing it up. I am totally using the Hocus Pocus tomorrow. I love it. Thanks for the great idea!
    The Hive

  3. I LOVE new says! I just did a post on this a few days ago! Thanks for the freebie! I am SO using this one:) AND you just gave me an idea for some posters!

    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers

  4. 3rd grade DOES rock! I think that to myself at least once daily and try not to brag...

  5. Thanks for the shoutout!
    Love your blog and your WB ideas. :D
    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

  6. Great idea, thanks for sharing!

  7. Thank you for this great idea. I was thinking about how I should change the Class-yes! I want to keep it fresh and fun for those fabulous grade 3 kids of mine.

  8. Thanks for sharing! I was just talking to a friend about how my class needs some type of switch-a-ro because they aren't focusing/listening too much to the things I used to say...can't wait to add some of these lingos!

  9. The sign you created to go with Hocus Pocus is too cute!! Perfect for October!

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

  10. Thanks, Stephanie! I love the sign and the fresh ideas for Class-Yes!


  11. l-o-v-e this idea...thanks for the freebie and video to go along with it. I'm always looking for new attention grabbers :)

    Stephanie Ann

  12. Stephanie...I just posted on my blog all about your awesome poster. I hope you don't mind, but I had to tell all my bloggy friends to come over to your blog to find it. My students LOVE this. We have been doing it for a couple days this week and they are begging me to do it all the time!
    Thanks so much!
    Third Grade All Stars

  13. Well said... 3rd grade does rock! Thanks for the link to the Attention Grabbers poster. I lOVE the HOCUS POCUS idea and I know the kiddos are going to get a kick out of it on Monday!
    :0) Melissa
    More Time 2 Teach

  14. Stephanie, I love this poster and I know my students will LOVE it too! Thank you. I blogged about your poster and linked back to it, too. :)

  15. I love your page and your super cool WBT resources! I've linked to it at my new blog! http://terrificteachingtools.blogspot.com