Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher: My Focus Board!

My Focus Board!

I am really excited to show off my new focus bulletin board! 


I use most of Whole Brain Teaching rules. I did opt to exclude "Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat." I have a student led classroom. I show students where to find supplies and discuss when they can and cannot get up. They don't need to ask me for a new marker or permission to get a drink. They know when this is allowed. I use the other four rules and LOVE them! You can grab my rules in by store by clicking HERE. The letters that I used for this board came in an old scrapbook kit that I purchased at least a decade ago.


I am required to display "I can" statements for the core subjects. I chose to keep mine very general so that they will not need to be switched out too often. You can purchase them HERE. The statements are displayed in dry erase pockets. I got mine on Amazon but many people have posted about finding them at Dollar Tree. You can download my headings for free by clicking HERE.


My school has a reading curriculum. I don't use much of it because I use book clubs. Students can choose to read the story of the week during their read to self center. I display the title on our focus board. Some of the vocabulary words come from the story and the others come from our science unit.


I am focusing more on character traits this year. I bought THIS product from the talented Blair Turner. I display her monthly traits and quotes on my board.  I am using it in conjunction with my character trait brag tags.


I am loving how clean and neat our focus board looks! And it has so much valuable information for students. I already had an administrator stop by to compliment the board!


I hope to post a full classroom reveal VERY soon!