Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tell Me More, Tell Me More, and a WBT Rules FREEBIE!

Okay, so I am finally linking up with Amy Lemons over at Step into 2nd Grade for a Tell me more, tell me more Linky Party. I am fairly new to blogging, but I have nothing to hide so I am so excited to share! :)

1. I almost was on the show, "I Didn't Know I was Pregnant". Not really, but I should of been. Well, not me but MY DOG. I adopted a dog in December of 2010. They told me she was spayed (because who would get a dog that wasn't?). Well, about a month and a half later, Lexi was acting really strange, pacing, vomitting, you get the idea. I covered her with a blanket and headed to work. I had a friend go check on her and during lunch I got a phone call...."Lexi just had a puppy!" It was a complete nightmare for about 4 months. I couldn't bare to give him (Louie) away. I did eventually give him to a good home...my mom and dad. :)

Lexi under the bed with her new baby, Louie! :)
Louie a year and a half later! :)

2. I played the clarinet and bass clarinet for 11 years of my life. All through high school and college. I LOVED marching band. I actually have an endorsement/minor in music! 

3. During spring break in college I spent a week in New Orleans cleaning and building houses after Hurricane Katrina. I fell in love and went two years in a row after that. New Orleans will always have a special place in my heart!

4. In another world, I would be a dancer. I LOVE TO DANCE. I take every class possible at my gym that has to do with hip hop.

5. My boyfriend and I knew each other in college, but never were interested in each other. Two years after we graduated, we ran into each other and the rest is history. We have been together for 2 years. He is the most supportive person ever and wants to do everything to make me happy. I am 100 percent sure, he is the person I am going to be with for the rest of my life. 

6. I love chips. All chips. But my favorite chips are these:
I could seriously eat the whole bag in one day.
7. I talk to my parents everyday. Well, almost everyday. If I don't talk to them, I feel weird. They mean to the world to me. My little brother included!

8. My two favorite shows to watch are Teen Mom and Dance Moms. Ha ha, I am not ashamed to admit it!

9. I have over 80 pairs of shoes and so many clothes I can't even keep track of. Don't worry I am a bargain shopper. My first year of teaching, I wore a different outfit from August until April and then I had to repeat. I know CRAZY!

10. I am one of those dog people. I will take off work if my dog is sick. I do leave work at a decent time to get to my dog. I love her.

11. I used to be obsessed with Hello Kitty. I had almost every Hello Kitty thing you could think of. I did get rid of most it. I still own an alarm clock, a toaster, and a desk lamp. Yes, I still use them. 

12. My two favorite places to eat are Chipotle and Chick-fil-A. Enough said!
13. I bought my own condo when I was 23. I absolutely love it. Buying a house was a breeze for me! I started looking in April and after a week I had a place picked out. I closed on the house a month later!

Me holding the keys the day I closed!

I hope you enjoyed reading about me! :)

Now, onto some "teacher" stuff. I finally got my Scrappin Doodles license! YAY! So, now I can talk to you about the Whole Brain Teaching Rules.

Here are original the five rules:
Follow directions quickly!
Raise your hand for permission to speak!
Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat!
Make smart choices!
Make your dear teacher happy!

Each rule is taught with gestures. I am not sure how to explain the gestures, but you can youtube them or make up your own. The rules are numbered which is great for accountability. You can call out the number of the rule and the children can say the rule and do the appropriate gesture. At the conference, they stressed going over the rules several times a day at first. I love that!

Well, my teammates and I decided to change the rules a little. Here is what we came up with:

Follow directions quickly!
Raise your hand for permission to speak!
Keep your body to yourself! ( All first graders need this rule!)
Make smart choices!
Be safe, be kind, be honest! (This rule came from a kindergarten teacher blog, I can't find where I got it. If you know which one it is or it is you, PLEASE let me know so I can link back!)

We only made a few changes. My team and I were just not sure how our parents or our principal would react to "make your dear teacher happy".

Well, I made some rules posters and you can have them here for FREE. Just click the link below:

Please let me know if you have trouble printing, etc. I would love for you to leave a comment if you use them! :)

I had a dream last night that one of my teammates and I got into a huge fight about what student cluster we would get. We were yelling and screaming. That would never happen in real life! The rest of the dream was me on the first day of school. I forgot to put the name tags on the kid's desk and I forgot the class rules I was supposed to teach the class. It was mad chaos. I can't believe I remember this dream so well. I don't know what that means...either I am stressing out about school already or it's a sign. I guess that means I better start planning out my first day...YIKES!


  1. I loved reading your post. You sound like the kind of person I would enjoy working with. I love the WBT info you posted. I am starting to read about it myself since I've been out of college since dinosaurs roamed the earth and it is one topic that has not come to my district yet.
    Adventures In Teaching

  2. Girl let's go get chick fil a and snack on cheetohs all the way there!!!!
    Loved this!!!!

  3. Hi Katherine! We have so much in common. The most though, I think, would be our love for dogs. I would stay home from work too if my dog were sick. Love her so much. Your dog is ADORABLE!

  4. Hi there! I found your blog on the Newbie Blog Hop and I'm your newest follower! CONGRATS on getting your Scrappin Doodles license!! Still trying to decide if I want to go that route or not... I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Head over to my blog to check it out.

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade


Reading your comments makes me very happy!