Activities to Start the Year

August 29, 2018
To the Teacher:   This activity uses a circle format. Students and adults are seated in a circle and pass a “talking piece” around the circle to share their thoughts and reflections (or pass if they…
August 25, 2018
  Introduction Ask students: What news happened over the summer of 2018? Record students’ responses on the board. If students are having trouble coming up with a list, help them with questions…
August 13, 2018
The beginning of the year is the ideal time to set out on the path toward “restorative discipline,” a holistic, relational approach to discipline that requires us as educators to be in community with…
March 31, 2018
In this webinar, hosted by AFT & Share my Lesson, we will introduce teachers to the basics of conflict resolution from a social and emotional learning standpoint. We will learn about our own…
November 30, 2017
In this webinar, hosted by AFT & Share my Lesson, we'll share concrete SEL strategies teachers can use to improve the classroom climate. Using footage from actual classroom lessons, we'll…
August 31, 2017
Begin by asking students, "What do you need to feel safe, comfortable, and excited to learn?" The beginning of the school year is the ideal time to start building a positive classroom climate. One…
September 2, 2016
Now - the beginning of the school year - is the ideal time to establish a caring community in your classroom. See our 28-page pdf booklet GETTING TO KNOW YOU  for a wide range of  activities will…
September 10, 2013
Materials Hugg-a-planet or other "talking piece" (See our Introduction to Circles activity for an explanation of talking pieces.)  Paper or large index cards and markers Print out of poem or poem…
September 9, 2013
To the Teacher:   This activity uses a circle format (see our Introduction to Circles) to help students consider values that are important to them and the class -- without putting students on the…
September 4, 2012
Objectives   Students will: share their names and a high point of their summer stand up to learn about similarities and differences in the classroom community begin considering what kind of…