Thursday, March 1, 2012

Class Rules Printables & Gestures

Ashley Nichols at The Polka Dot Patch created the most adorable class rules for Whole Brain Teaching and they were the first thing I hung in my classroom when I got hooked! I substituted my Rule #3 to her newer version (Respect others, respect yourself, and respect your school).


Here is the link : http://www.thekinderpolkadotpatch.com/2012/06/classroom-rules.html

This is an older photo-- I had to move the signs since I needed more white board space :)

Here are my motions~ we use both hands for each rule: 

Rule #1: Listen (point to your ears) when your teacher (kids point to me) is talking (move hands together and apart like a mouth).

Rule #2: Follow directions quickly. (As we say this, we snap out fingers along with each word and say the rule quickly.)

Rule #3: Respect others (point out), respect yourself (point to yourself), and respect your school (point to the ground). 
*I use the alternate Rule 3 from Ashley found HERE.

Rule #4: Raise your hand (raise your right hand) to speak (make moving mouth motion) or stand use index and middle finger to 'walk').

Rule #5: Be safe (hug yourself), be kind (cover your heart with both hands), be honest (place right hand up, like you were about to testify). 

I have the kids practice these each morning before we begin our Morning Meeting. I used to lead it, but I now leave that up to the Morning Meeting Leader and I do it along with them.

These rules are posted at the front of our class going down the whiteboard next to our smiley face/sad face scoreboards.

18 comments:

  1. Love your rules and motions. Can't wait to try it with my kids. Do you have a behavior calendar that coordinates with this?

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  2. AWE!! They look awesome in your room!! I love how you have them displayed!! :) Don't you just love Whole Brain Teaching?? I learn more about it every year and my love keeps growing!! :)

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  3. Everything I teach my elementary students I do it through motions and gestures starting from rules till songs and poems.I have a similar Classroom Management chant poster which I teach my students on the first day of school and repeat the beginning of each lesson and during transition periods.

    Lusine
    Enjoy Teaching English

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  4. I think this is a brilliant idea and definitely something to look into!

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  5. I really like your class rules and the fact that you have the kids reference them often! I think I'll try this next year. Good idea! :)

    Mrs. Heeren's Happenings

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  6. I am definitely going to use these rules in my classroom. I especially like the movements! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Hi Stephanie,I'm a new follower! I love your interpretation of the rules. I'm exploring ways to use some of the WBT techniques in my 2nd grade classroom.

    When I first came across WBT class rules, I did not like "Keep your dear teacher happy." I t doesn't make sense to me. Now that I've seen your adaptation, I feel more comfortable using the rules.

    primary practice

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  8. Is this adapted from Whole Brain Teaching by Chris Biffle? If so, I do like your pictures much better.

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    1. It is! I loved Ashley's posters so much that I use them in my class- her rules variation meshes very well with our school's rules, so it was a perfect fit!

      Thanks for stopping by :)

      ~Stephanie

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  9. Do you have these to download? I like your rule for #3 as well.

    Erica
    Sprinkles to Kindergarten
    erica_crowder0612@yahoo.com

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    1. The link is in the post above. They are found on another blog :)

      ~Stephanie

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  10. I would love a copy of your rules! Where can I find them?

    Kara
    karaet@gmail.com

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    1. The link can be found in the post above. Enjoy!

      ~Stephanie

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  11. Would it be possible to have you or Ashley edit the PBIS poster to match my school's "3 B's"... Be respectful, Be responsible, Be safe. holly_draughn@yahoo.com

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  12. I was also wondering if you would be able to just edit rule #3 for me. I used these last year but #3 was hard for the kids to understand. I want to change it to: keep your hands and your feet to yourself.

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  13. Send me an email at ashleynichols1@me.com - I have that version too. :)

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  14. Hi,
    I love these rules! Would they be a little babyish for 5th grade?

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  15. I am just getting into the Whole Brain Teaching this year. I was just wondering what happens when you have a sub? Do you write the lesson plans like you would normally teach it or do you adapt it for the sub? How do your kids handle that?

    Thank you in advance! :)

    Krystyn

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Thank you so much for your comments! :)
~Stephanie

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