Next Year's Plans

I hope that you are well! I'm excited that I'm writing this new blog post on the big blog hop day! Teaching Blog Addict is hosting some great linky parties, so I thought I'd contribute some of what I've been thinking.

Recently, there's been a ton of talk about Whole Brain Teaching. I think I'm going to try to implement a couple of those concepts! The main one that I want to implement is the WBT Rules.

Students tend to behave better when they have positive rules in the classroom. Some teachers like to make the rules WITH the students. I'm not sure if that's what I'll do my first year, but I do plan on discussing the importance of the rules that were selected. We need to be sure that we do not put "Do not" in front of each rule. As an adult, I know that I can't stand when someone tells me "Don't do this" or "Don't do that!" It's much better if someone asks for me to do something with a kind tone. Using the magic word helps too.

SO this year...I'm implementing WBT to manage behavior in a loving manner. I hope that someone who has done this before can give me some tips. Leave a note in the comments on how WBT has worked/not workd for you!

This rule is the one that really seems to be the kicker in my mind. The students need to learn how to choose to do the RIGHT thing! Guidance is definitely going to be necessary in the kindergarten year. Even in the students' senior year of high school! Positive reinforcement, kind words, and a compassionate heart are what will guide these kiddos to the right path in terms of behavior. Oh, and being firm. CONSISTENT! (Can you say, "buzzwords?")

So since this is a blog hop, I thought I'd give away my rules slideshow. I made it on Beeclip! If you want to learn how to make a cute slideshow like this, you can watch my first ever video tutorial on Beeclip. It's a video tutorial, so it should help you a lot.

Click the picture below to take you to the FREEBIE! Or click this link right here.

My video tutorial this week may not be up until Sunday! Please forgive me! I'm really busy for the next couple days, and not many people check here on Saturdays..

On what day do you want to see the video tutorial?

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  1. Thanks for the freebie!! I'm excited to see your tutorial on Beeclip! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. Hi Sarah! Welcome to the world of Whole Brain Teaching (WBT)! I look forward to following you!

    Mrs. Stoltenberg's Second Grade Class

  3. Thanks for the great freebie. I started using some of the WBT stuff last year and found it very effective.
    Totally Terrific Teaching

  4. Thanks for the freebie! All I've had on WBT is a 1hr inservice, but positively stating the rules does help! :)

    Lovin’ Kindergarten

  5. Positives is the way to go! We are a 7 Habits School..by Steven Covey and it works for us!
    I love your rules slideshow and will be back to watch your tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing.

  6. I am also going to start using WBT this year. There's a free 2 day conference in Missouri in 2 weeks. Even though I am in Tennessee, I am going to make the trip. I am so excited! April Woulfe's blog has some great WBT posts on it. Here blog is Wolfelicious.blogspot. I have done one post, mainly focusing on the rules. I look forward to reading about your experiences with it!
    :) Dana
    Stop by & visit me @ Fun in 1st Grade

  7. So glad to see everyone excited about WBT! Wish I was going to be a the Missouri conference but alas I will be doing training here in Texas for some local teachers. Hope you all have a great time! If you have any questions do not hesitate to hit me up! Wib On Wibbiteers!!!

    Farrah Shipley
    Whole Brain Teaching Executive Board
    Mrs. Shipley's Fabulous Firsties: A Whole Brain Classroom

  8. Love your new favicon! I love giraffes! I am your newest follower.

    Meet me at the zoo…

    1. Thanks, Barb! I really appreciate it! :)

  9. I did print out the paper for my Read letters. I found a great deal on ink at our local goodwill and bought 4 packages of my ink for about $20

    Down the Learning Road


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