As an educator, you are sometimes the only positive adult connection that a student has in the course of a day. Wouldn't it be great if we started and ended every school day on a positive note?
I have seen some really terrific videos, like the one below, about teachers who personalize a handshake for each student that they execute as students enter the classroom. It's amazing! I aspire to try this at some point. That being said, busy teacher brains are often taxed to the max, making it challenging to easily remember complicated patterns and creative gestures, so a simpler approach might be good to begin with.
What if we started and ended our days at the doors to our classrooms or schools with three choices for students, with varying levels of physical contact? They can choose whichever one is most comfortable or needed by them at that time:
- A hug
- A handshake
- A high five
My goal for starting this school year is to offer these three choices to my students each day as they enter the class in the morning, and as they leave at the final bell.
What are your thoughts? Do you have any routines or traditions which foster a positive sense of caring and connection with your students to begin and/or end the day? Please share in the comment section below!