This summer really seems to be flying by! But now that I've returned from a fabulous family vacation my thoughts are drifting more and more towards how I'm going to set up my classroom this year. I was actually able to get in a bit earlier than usual to do some much needed painting and curtain making!
Whoo-hoo ahead of schedule!!
I'm trying not to get too excited about this.
They were nice enough to let me in to get these projects finished ...we have AMAZING custodians in our hall! But soon they will be closing down our hall to finish all of the necessary floor waxing and cleaning. It may be last minute again this year when I'm actually able to get in and get my room put together. So in the meantime I'm keeping myself busy shopping! Not a bad trade off in my opinion! I've been lucky enough to score some fantastic finds at the dollar sections and am getting ready to complete an online order for the last few needed items. I may not actually step foot in a teacher store this year which should save me a TON of $$$$!
I'm also looking forward to the Whole Brain Teaching conference that our district is hosting next week!! I especially love the fact it is FREE and five minutes from my house! Could you ask for anything more?
Speaking of WBT.....our entire school uses the WBT rules. It is very consistent and has worked out great for our large building. I am however wanting to change up my behavior system though. I've looked at all of the "rainbow" behavior systems found on Pinterest. I'd like to use this concept but tweak it a bit. I'm waiting until after the conference to see if I have any brainstorms while I'm there! =)
I am however planning on creating this adorable "rule" book that my teacher buddy down the hall uses.
For this book she uses our regular school rules but also expands with some "extras." She brainstorms with the kids first about what rules they would like to see in the book.
She has the kids write the rule or behavior goal and then includes photos of the kids modeling the desired behavior.
This by far is one of her class' favorites in her reading center all year! It's also a great resource to use with the kiddos when a "refresher course" is needed for class rules. =) Looking forward to learning more about WBT next week and I can't wait to share! Have a great weekend!