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!




23 comments:

  1. I love how organized, streamlined and meaningful everything on your Focus Wall is! Kudos!
    Layla
    Fancy Free in Fourth

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  2. So cute, I can't even stand it!

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  3. I like how the rules, objectives, and vocab. are all on one board! It makes for an awesome focus board!

    Jamie

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  4. We have the same reading program I suspect. I use bits and pieces of it. Your board looks great. I don't use "Raise Your Hand for Permission to Leave your Seat" or "Keep your dear teacher happy." I do use the others. I love that repeating the rules cheerfully is the method for redirecting misbehavior. It changes the whole classroom climate and helps me not get frustrated. Have a great year!
    Jan
    Laughter and Consistency

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  5. LOVE this! It is super kid friendly and see to follow. My favorite favorite part is your quote section. Great Job!
    Courtney
    Ramona Recommends

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  6. I love everything about your Focus Board! I've been struggling with how to revamp my own....and you have provided inspiration! Thanks so much!
    ~Jennifer
    Stories and Songs in Second

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  7. I love this board so much!!!!

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  8. What a neat idea! Where did you get the football field paper? Also, what did you use to create your football labels? I love it!

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    1. The paper was purchased at a local teaching store for about $6 per roll. I am not sure what you mean by "football labels"....

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  9. Your focus board is AMAZING!! And I exclude the same WBT rule, 5th graders are responsible enough to get a kleenex when they need one!! :)

    Melissa
    Wild About Fifth

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  13. Do you have an editable version of the I Can posters?

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    1. No, I don't. I am working on the I Can posters and will post them when they are complete.

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  14. Do you have an editable version of the I Can posters?

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  15. I really like your focus board! Whole brain rocks!

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  16. I love it! My classroom decor is football and would love to have it. When will it be in your store?

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    1. The sports theme decor is in my store already. And I just added the rule! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Sports-Theme-Whole-Brain-Teaching-Rules-2030696

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  17. What font did you use for the "Our Game Plan?" I love it!

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    1. The letters are part of a ding scrapbook kit that I purchased years ago.

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  18. I would also like to know which font you used for the headers on your boards. Also, I saw your "I can..." statements on TPT but it looks different with the chevron. Do you have the ones shown above?

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    1. The letters were made with a digi scrapbooking kit that I purchased years ago. These I Can statements are not in my store yet. I am making them as I use them and will be the complete set in my store over the summer.

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