Activities to Start the Year
Students consider the term "Ubuntu," and the ways in which we are all connected, then discuss some of the news this summer (via tweets), and how these events affect us.
In small groups, students read about and discuss some of the summer's news, including on climate change, elections, the Iran nuclear deal, and more.
The first few days of school are the perfect time to begin taking a restorative approach to discipline in your classroom. Step 1: Be in community with your students.
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Begin by asking students, "What do you need to feel safe, comfortable, and excited to learn?"
Students think about how to create a kind, caring classroom using an interactive poem and a drawing activity.
An introductory circle invites participants to consider values that are important to them and the group.
This activity aims to help your class get the school year off to a good start. Students share their names and a high point of their summer; learn a little about their similarities and differences; and begin considering what kind of community they want to create in their classroom.