Friday, July 27, 2012

Rules and Behavior Expectation Freebies

It appears as though Stephanie from 3rd Grade Thoughts and I shared a brain today, or great minds think alike because I intended on posting on Whole Brainish Rules today too.

I am implementing Whole Brain Teaching into my classroom next year.  I'm calling it an onion approach, introducing a little at a time for my comfort, and my students, and so what we do sticks and I don't just resort back to whatever I was doing before.  While I've loved just about everything I've read...I wasn't crazy in love with the rules.  So like Stephanie, I was very inspired by The Polka Dot Patch's  revised Whole Brain Teaching Rules.  The wording was much more me, and paired with Stephanie's movements, I knew they'd be the perfect fit for my classroom.   So I spent some time last night creating some that fit my new classroom theme.  
I tweaked them just a little because I do allow my kiddos to stand up while working, so I just made Rule 4: Raise your hand to speak to the class.  My school is a PBIS school, so I also made fresh posters for my room of our behavior expectations.  
Click {here} to download your own copy! 
Graphics courtesy of Scrappin' Doodles, Jessica Weible, and Prettiful Designs.

Note: When you view this document in Google Docs, the backgrounds will appear to be gray.  However, once you DOWNLOAD the actual pdf file from Google Docs, they will be all bright and cheery like in the picture! :) 

I printed them off today at Office Depot and I'm in love! They are perfect for my new classroom theme. :)
Speaking of a new classroom theme.  Yeah, I know I said I was doing stars and stripes again this year.  Then the other night I woke up in a panic because I remember I GAVE AWAY all my stars and stripes borders at the end of the year because I was planning on changing themes.  Whoops. 

So for the past few days, I've been a total crazy woman.  Working on materials to bring my dream of a primary polka classroom together. 

Click on the cheerleader below or {here} to check it out on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Due the size of this file, I can only upload it for purchase on Teachers Pay Teachers. 

I'm linking up tonight with TBA!

Freebie Fridays

Anybody got big plans this weekend? I'm working in my room tomorrow, and I just downloaded Emily Giffin's new book Where We Belong to my Nook, so I'm sure I'll be reading it this weekend too!  So, so, so excited.  She's my favorite author. :)  Of course, I'm tempted to start first with this! 
The Diary of Darcy J. Rhone
This ebook FREEBIE is Darcy's (Something Borrowed/Something Blue) diary from high school.  Nook users, you can download it here.  I'm not sure about Kindle, but I'm guessing it's a Kindle freebie too. :)

Happy Friday!


  1. I like your rule #5. I changed the rules to fit my classroom too, but I may need to add be safe, be kind, and be honest to my rules.
    I absolutely love Emily Giffin too and keep meaning too download her new book on my Nook. Now I am going to download Darcy's diary too...thanks for the heads-up. I am waiting for them to make Something Blue into a movie. I want to see the story of Darcy and Ethan on the big screen.


  2. I love your rule posters, especially the Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible since we do PBIS too. We have very boring posters for them, so I'm hoping it will be okay with my principal if I use these instead! So cute! However, when I go to the google doc, the boarders are grey instead of the wonderful polka-dots. Do you know how to make them appear?

    A Place to Thrive

  3. LOVE this freebie! I pinned it and I am going to share it on my FB!
    Thanks for creating it. I was going to make a new one this year, but you have done the work for me!
    Sharing Kindergarten

  4. LOL! Great minds DO think alike ;) Love yours and I totally agree- these rules fit perfectly with our PBIS school and with me as a teacher!

    Happy Friday :)

    3rd Grade Thoughts

  5. I was going to rant and rave about your rules and how cute they are... but then I saw your book choices and nearly jumped out of my chair with excitement!! I love her books! I just got the freebie and the new one is on my wishlist... but I have a lot of other books I have to read before I get to buy that one. I do little book reviews on Thursdays on my personal blog (of course that will slow down once I go back to work because I won't be reading as much) if you are ever looking for other book ideas :) its
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  6. Love these! We are a PBIS School as well - so these work perfect! Thank you!!! I am a new follower! :)
    Crayons and Curls

  7. Love the rules! I like the way rule 4 is worded.
    I want to do an owl theme in my classroom, and I couldn't fall asleep last night because I had been searching for
    owl graphics and my brain was overwhelmed with owls! We teachers sure are silly sometimes...
    Thanks for sharing!
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  8. Loving the bright colors, super cute!

    I'm a recent follower. I have nominated your blog for an award! Stop by my blog to pick it up! :D

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  9. Wow-this is just what I needed. Thank you so, so very much!

  10. Your WBT posters are adorable!!! THANK YOU!!! We use WBT at our school so I am definitely going to use these!!!!! Also- thanks for the book recommendations! I'm reading A Dog's Journey right now, and I just finished I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. Next I'm going to have to read Gone Girl to see what they hype is all about! :) Have you read it???

  11. Love Love Love, Emily Giffin! I have read all of her books, including Darcy's Diary, and patiently awaiting her newest novel. I started teaching my kids WBT actions at the end of this past school year to prepare them for next year (I am in a looping school, so I did 2nd last year, 3rd this year, with most of the same kids). I fully intend to jump off the school year with WBT. Have you watched The First Hour on WBT's website? If not, you should. It was very informational and there will be another one, The First Days, this Tuesday.

    I'm your newest follower! Come on over and check my blog out at

    Love your polka dots!


  12. Thank you for the rules! Funny how we use the SAME rules, but love the visual! Makes a huge difference!

  13. I am using your poster in my classroom. thanks a lot for sharing.

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