Sunday, July 31, 2011

Whole Brain Teaching Gestures, More Fun with Vinyl and TPT Sale!!!

I have had a lot of requests for the gestures I use with my rules.  I thought I had a document that lays it all out but of course I can't find it.  The more I thought about it, the more I am thinking that I never had a document.  I think I learned the gestures from watching the numerous Youtube videos about Whole Brain Teaching - Here is one of my favorites!!

You will notice that my rules are a little bit different than the ones that are in the video.  After using them for a few years a fellow teammate and I decided to tweak them just a little bit for this school year and see how it works.  We had to change the gestures a little to match the new rules. 

Rule Number 3: Keep your hands(raise both hands above head) and feet(point to feet) to yourself(point to chest)

Rule Number 4: Raise your hand(raise hand) to speak(talk with hand) and stand(raise hand - motion to rise or stand up)

Rule Number 5: Be safe(like an umpire at home plate) be kind(give self a hug) be honest(hand over heart).

I hope this helps - watching the video will help!! :)

Now, more fun with vinyl!! :)

I don't know about anyone else, but it seems like I go through clothes pins like water!! They disappear or I have to throw them away because they have names on them that can't be reused the next year. Now, I know they are not expensive, but anytime I can save a little here and there is a good thing!!! I have been trying to solve this problem and I came up with one way to use the same clips for my clip chart year after year!!  Numbers!!  This year I am going to use numbers more for things like this - their heart word boxes, D.O.T Book, Book Box etc.. will all have the same number on them!  I found some round wood pieces at my favorite store...Hobby Lobby and spray painted them pink of course!! :)  Then I glued them to the end of a clothes pin(not the end they squeeze... the other end) I then cut vinyl numbers and placed them on the wooden circles!!  Hopefully this will work out in real life like it is in my head, but you just never know!! :)  Hopefully I can post a picture of my clip chart hanging with the clips soon!  :)

 TpT will be having a Back to Sale Aug 1 - 6.  They are offering 10% off your total purchase if you use the code: B1T1S  I will also be running a sale next week for any extra 10% off!!  Happy Shopping!!!


  1. Very cute idea. I don't have a clip chart...but I'm already trying to think of a reason I would need clothes pins like these.


  2. Thanks for sharing this video! I want to check into this more!
    Spotlight on Kindergarten

  3. I use numbers for tons of stuff... lunch choices, backpack hooks, homework folders, etc. This is great because you can have everything labeled before you even have your class list. It's also great for when you get new students. Your clips are very cute!

    Tales of a Teacherista

  4. I love those wood pieces! I am going to have to search for some!!! Thanks for this idea!! LOVE!
    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First

  5. I love how you changed the rules to fit your needs, but still incorporate the repetition and gestures. Good idea!

  6. Thanks for inspiring me to check out Whole Brain Teaching! I absolutely LOVE it! I mentioned you on a new blog post about Whole Brain Teaching, so please stop by and let me know what you think!
    JulieMs. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe


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