Morning Greetings: Hug, Handshake, High-Five or Fistbump
A great way to build classroom community
Once I started greeting students at the door, I fell in love with it. I quickly realized how much of a difference this simple change made. I truly believe it was a classroom game changer. Greeting students had an immediate impact on my classroom culture. I believe that my friendly greeting helped set the tone for the day. My students felt welcome and safe, the moment they arrived. I feel like this practice also strengthened my relationship with each student. The brief time I spent chit-chatting with each child helped build a connection. I could tell immediately if a student needed to talk later or needed a little extra attention that day.
I loved this time with my students so much, I decided to start and end each day with a hug, handshake, high five, or fist bump. This upcoming school year I am going to encourage the teachers at my school to begin greeting students at their doors. I know it will make a positive difference in our school. These colorful signs are available on Teachers Pay Teachers.