Friday, July 27, 2012

Whole Brain Teaching-ish Rules :)

As many of you know, I use different rules in my classroom than the standard five from Whole Brain Teaching.

Their rules are:
  1. Follow directions quickly
  2. Raise your hand for permission to speak.
  3. Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat.
  4. Make smart choices.
  5. Keep your dear teacher happy.
These rules seem a-ok and I really like how they cover the spectrum of possibilities that students can throw in our direction!

However, I am head-over-heals in love with the class rules Ashley from The Polka Dot Patch created! These decorated my classroom last year and they were perfect! They worked seamlessly with our school's PBIS system and allowed me to incorporate WBT with no "conflicts of interest".

Here's some shots of their various positions throughout the year:




For her cute signs in pink and green, head over to her lovely blog HERE.

Quite a few of you have requested these rules to match my WBT Signs, and I am happy to say that, with Ashley's blessing, you can pick them up HERE on Google Docs for FREE!
I have called these "Whole Brain Teaching-ish Rules" and they coordinate with my other WBT Signs:
Click on the picture to download the poster set for FREE!

I have posted about how my class goes over rules HERE, but here's a quick recap of the gestures that go with the Whole Brain Teaching-ish Rules:

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).

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.

I hope this helps you on your WBT journey and thanks to Ashley for your awesome rules!

32 comments:

  1. Love these.... Printing these right now!
    Thank you!
    ஐRikki
    The Hive

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  2. Awesome! Thank you and Ashley for sharing.
    Jessica

    Apples and Papers

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  3. Thanks so much! I too like those better than the traditional ones. I plan on printing these out and putting them up! HEHE!

    Tonya
    Tonya’s Treats for Teachers
    I’m having a giveaway! Come on over!!!

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    1. Thanks, Tonya! I think these fit so much better with me as a teacher. So glad you can use them :)

      ~Stephanie

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  4. This does help a ton! I'm trying to finish all of my decorating junk so I can designate time to sit and reread all of your posts on this so I can start implementing this year. Thanks for everything!!

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    1. Lol, I want to finish all this WBT stuff so I can reread all of your decorating posts :) :) :)

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  5. You just made my day! Thanks so much for making the coordinating WBTish :) rules! I love them and your posters and soooo much appreciate that you share for free! Many thanks!

    Taryn :)

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  6. This is what I would like my rules to say:
    Rule 1: Listen when your teacher is talking.
    Rule 2: Follow directions quickly.
    Rule 3: Raise your hand for permission to speak or leave your seat.
    Rule 4: Make smart choices.
    Rule 5: Keep your dear teacher happy!

    I've got 1, 2, and 5 from a mix of your two different ones. Would you be willing to adjust 3 and 4 for me? Pretty please?? I'd be ever-so-grateful! :)

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    1. Actually, that's wrong. I've got 4, too, so I would just need 3!

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    2. Hi, me again! So guess what. They decided to paint my classroom over the summer (and they did not tell me). So I've got a few broken things and several things with paint on them! :-( One of them is my Rule 3 that you made me last year! I have searched and searched my computer for a copy of it, but I just can't find it. I am hoping, hoping, hoping that you still have a copy and could email it to me???? I sure hope so!!

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  7. These are great! Thank you for sharing. :) I can't wait to start whole brain teaching this year!

    Kelly
    Spectacular 2nd Grade

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  8. Stephanie, Your "WBT Teaching-ish rules are exactly whay I want to use! Thank you so much. Having trouble with the link though-it brings me to a TPT page, but not yours.

    Patti

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    1. Should be working now, Patti! Thanks for the heads-up :)

      ~Stephanie

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    2. Got it, Stephanie! The TPT link in the blogpost worked this time! (The picture link brought an error response.)

      Thank you so very much for sharing these posters. I love this version of the rules with these graphics!

      Patti
      primary practice

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  9. Thank you so much for all of your information on Whole Brain Teaching. I am so excited to implement it in my classroom this year.
    Lauren
    http://thetravelingthirdgradeteacher.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing! I started Whole Brain Teaching last year and I am a believer! Love the signs and will be printing asap!

      Heather
      http://thepolkadotplace.blogspot.com/

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  11. I love this Whole Brain Teaching! It is so amazing! Thank you so much for sharing--you have made me a believer!

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  12. Thank you very much for making these. I too, like the different rules, as the originals never seemed to fit quite right. However, I was wondering if you might change some of the pictures on signs. All the children are white girls, it might be nice to see some diversity in the pictures.

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  13. I love WBT. I picked up your rules and thank you so much for making them a freebie. They look so cute in my room.

    Jennifer
    Darling Little Learners

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  14. I used WBT in my class last semester and it works. so. well. Love these rules!
    I'm new to blogging and am glad I found yours! Check mine out :)

    2nd Grade Teacher
    The Sweetest Thing

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  15. I love WBT. I just started using it last year and it was the best year I'd had so far--out of all seven years, I was happiest last year!! These signs are super cute. Thanks for making them free. I love your blog and just started mine. I'd love if you check it out!

    Ashley

    http://thirdgradesplashroom.blogspot.com/

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  16. something seems to be wrong when i download them....COULD be user error, but i have download and purchased other stuff from you and they all work...
    Really excited to use these this year.
    Tracy

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  17. Thanks for the freebie! I love these but need to change a rule and can't find a match for the font on kevinandamanda.com. Do you know the name of the font that you used for the rules? Thanks!

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  18. I can't print these fabulous posters because my computer doesn't have one of the fonts :O( I LOVE your rules. Nice job!

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    2. OK, I figured it out. There is a little down arrow next to the print ICON in Google docs that will download it to Adobe Reader. My life is complete!! Have you made practice cards to go with these?

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  19. I love your rules poster! Thanks for sharing! I was wondering if you could include a header sign that says Our Rules or something like that. Thanks!

    Megan
    poohm12@hotmail.com

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  21. These are so great! Thank you so much for posting them! I am loving the font that you put the actual text of the rules in, and have been following links like mad, but am unable to locate it! Would you be willing to share the name of it?

    You rock!
    Christy
    chris2Lou@aol.com

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  22. These were just what I was looking for, much thanks from a first year kinder teacher!

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  23. Oooh! Thank you so much! I'm definitely going to use them :D
    I shared this on my blog post and put a link to your blog. Hope that's okay!

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

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