Activities to Start the Year

August 29, 2018

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.

August 25, 2018

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.

August 13, 2018

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.

March 31, 2018

Register for our webinar to learn the basics of conflict resolution from a social and emotional learning standpoint (free & available on demand).

November 30, 2017

Register for this webinar to learn concrete SEL strategies to improve classroom climate (available for free and on demand)!  Included in AFT & Share my Lesson's Top Resources of 2017.

August 31, 2017

Begin by asking students, "What do you need to feel safe, comfortable, and excited to learn?"

September 10, 2013

Students think about how to create a kind, caring classroom using an interactive poem and a drawing activity. 

September 9, 2013

An introductory circle invites participants to consider values that are important to them and the group.  

September 4, 2012

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.