The newness of the first few weeks is beginning to fade, and the familiarity of daily routine is settling in. We teachers have found our groove in the classroom. The children understand our clear expectations, question us in areas that are not clear, and help us smooth over the kinks. Together, we are discussing challenges, successes, things we could do better, and changes that need to be made. We have been tackling some really big stuff (aside from all the core content stuff!). We spend 15 minutes each morning discussing and addressing our classroom culture and return to it throughout the day. For example:
What if my friend distracts me when I'm supposed to be doing work or paying attention?
What if someone says something hurtful to me or someone else?
What happens when I play an exclusive game?
Who created the classroom rules that are posted? How important are they to me?
How can I be silly and funny and also be kind?
- Ms. Alicia (Director, and lead teacher of the Oaks)