Thank you so much for sharing such a heart warming post! Kids will remember how you make them feel more than any specific lesson. And without a doubt they will remember you!
My favorite Master Teacher Rick taught me to connect to the children and share personal stories. His students loved him. Since then I have kept that at the core of teaching.
During my morning meetings this year I have implemented "Tell me something Good". The class president leads this and we sing the little bit from the Happy Feet movie..."tell me something good". We also clap our legs, then hands, then snap. Kids share quick blurbs about all kinds of stuff: passing video game levels, dad's birthday, kicking a goal. Plus all the sharing is staying in the positive!
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