18 July 2011

Peanut, Peanut Butter...and Jelly! Classroom Management Ideas and Freebie

In getting ready for this school year, I found this video (see bottom of post) of wonderful classroom management in action.  It is from the Whole Brain Teaching website, which is full of great ideas.  I love so many of the things the teacher does in this video, but there are a couple ideas in particular that I can see myself using in my own classroom.  One thing I really like is how she has her students walk across the room on syllables.  This could totally prevent the racing to line-up issue that I always have (even though I use assigned spots in line and dismiss in small groups).  You could even extend this to other ideas and have students walk while skip counting or reciting phonograms. Love it!

But, my favorite idea from this clip is for Peanut Butter and Jelly Partners--what a neat way to manage partnerships! My students do a lot of partner sharing particularly during workshop time, and it would be so easy to say something like "Peanut butter goes first, Jelly shares second."  To help manage partnerships, I made a simple pocket chart set for assigning my partners.  I will just put two student's numbers together to indicate who will work together, and then put the peanut butter and jelly header cards above the columns to indicate which partner will be which.  This should make it easy to keep track of partnerships and even to change them every once in a while.  If you want to download my pocket chart set, just click on each image:).


  1. Love the peanut butter and jelly idea! Thank you!

  2. Love the video and ideas. Went to the whole brain website and couldn't find that video. Am I just tired or crazy??

  3. Mrs. Schaff--I found the video on a link from the Whole Brain Teaching Website, but now I cannot find it either. The link led to the You-tube channel for whole brain, though, so if you just search you-tube for "Chris Biffle" or Whole Brain teaching, it should come up along with some others:).

  4. I know this post is a year old, but I just found it and am soooo happy you made the pocket chart signs for PB & J partners. I started using WBT techniques last year with my first graders and am planning on using even more of them this year. Thanks again for sharing! They are super cute!

  5. We just started WBT this year. Thanks for the video. I love to see it in action!


  6. I started using the WBT techniques this year and MAN OH MAN do they work!!! I absolutely love and recommend them to all teachers! My 16 year old even watched a video of a teacher using it in high school and stated that he wished his teachers would teach like that!! By the way, thanks for the peanut butter jelly cards! Love them too!!

  7. Thanks so much for sharing the PB & J cards! They were just what I was needing! : )



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