For the 1st 20 minutes of class, we start the morning in a large circle . We practice our mindful listening, talking, social emotional skills & go over the daily agenda to prepare for the day ahead. It is a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other in a safe and friendly way. It sets a positive tone for the day. This daily routine creates a strong sense of community and deepens our connections.
We start by taking 2-3 deep breathes, sit in our mindful bodies and toss a bean bag to one person at a time. The child shares a 'great thought' or something positive that happened in the last 24 hours. We then share a feeling using a sentence frame & poster to help if needed. We also add some fun movement, clapping & passing sequences as a final signal that the morning routine is over. It is a wonderful way to start a school day and sets the tone for learning.
The children have a great deal to share and say. Few ever pass which is allowed. Teachers also participate as does any adult who walks in the room for our morning greeting. The children discover commonalities and shared interests/experiences that they talk about later . As a teacher, I learn what they are interested in, have passions for or out side activities. I find ways to incorporate these into our academic units.
The most important outcome of our morning greeting is that we become a family , a community interested in each other.
Welcome to my classroom!
I am passionate, a little bit quirky ( some may say a little bit more) and dedicated to serving children with Autism. These young people have touched me deeply and have made me a better teacher & hopefully person. I want to share what I have learned that allows these beautiful children to grow & sometimes thrive in my class.