When I was a teacher, every Friday at the end of the day we had Closing Circle. This was an opportunity to talk about what well during the week (students had an opportunity to give a compliment or say something that they felt good about/accomplished during the week) and also review big ideas we studied.
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See responsiveclassroom.org for more resources and info re Closing Circle.
group work activities so that students can build relationships with each other, having classroom goals that you strive to accomplish as a group, and checking in with students on a regular basis (have you seen this video yet? https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/daily-lesson-assessment)
I utilize as many collaborative experiences as I can in the math classroom. It helps those students that are too afraid to voice your thoughts publicly for fear of failure. I also record student input on the board with their name and create "experts" in the classroom. I try to be intentional and pick different star experts when possible too.
What a great question for all teachers. School has started and students are in the groove. Please read Discipline That Restores by Ron and Roxanne Claassen. School districts are beginning to implement to school wide.
I've used the "Fill my bucket" book and had students fill each others bucket with positive language. They also have a site now with lots of printables and ideas.
We agree with Carrie that doing Morning Meeting/Circle of Power and Respect is a great way to continue to build relationships and a positive class identity while still incorporating content.
Explicit instruction on how to talk to each other such as accountable talk, problem solving sentence stems, and conflict resolution also helps in contributing to a positive culture and climate.
One resource that helps teachers with using positive language with students everyday is "Power of Our Words" by Paula Denton.
Here are other strategies you can incorporate in the classroom:
- Class jobs
- Student-led routines
- Inviting guests to read/talk in your classroom
- Positive phone call home
Kids are a blank hard-disk or a blank DVD disc or blank pen-drive.
You can write anything you want to to write in that
each kid have ability to do things by own self.
they have more solution for current problems
let them give direction
give them scope to think
once they find the way
they start reading
they start finding solutions
Be a consultant rather then dictator
Make a list of social problems facing by your country and society.
find out NGOs working on that
Let them explain meaning of opportunity.
so many developing country facing learning English
let them know that their native language is English
In that way they may realize the value of a language.
Use this kind of examples and finding reason to why do they have to learn what they learn.
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