Virginia. In our first back to school meeting my new principal asked all
teachers to greet students at the classroom door each morning. Prior to
this request, I hadn’t given much thought to my morning routine. As I
reflected, I realized I typically ran around the classroom performing last
minute tasks, just trying to squeeze in one more thing before all my students
arrived. I always said hello to each of my students as they came in, but
never took the time to stand at the classroom door to formally greet each one.
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.
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.
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