I love this! I totally agree. Every time I walk down the hall and pass students I try to speak, say hello and let them know I truly love each one. I see so many kids during the week and a favorite part is standing at the door and greeting them as they come. I also, stand and greet them as they leave (:-) some more gratefully than others. I'm sure there are some that don't like to come to "music" but I try to let them know that it is okay and I understand but I hope they learn something from me. Be careful though, I try to sneak into Wal-Mart sometimes without the greeter "getting" me.
I thought it was great advice. If we want our kids to want to do their best for us we have to do our best for them. I feel that it definitely makes a difference in your day how you are greeted when you walk in the door. I think everyday should start on a positive note. No matter how hectic my morning has been getting to work when I get to work and am greeted with a smile by my grade level I feel better.
This is great! With the few that have tears every morning, I have to smile and greet them happily each morning. I even have a smile on my face with my (Jason)!! "Excuse me, Excuse me!"
It's not only important for our students in our room to feel wanted and loved. We need to take it outside our homerooms and into the halls. We need make the word 'school' a positive word for all of our students. One of the ideas we brought back from Teach Like a Rock Star was 10x10--speak positively to 10 students NOT in your homeroom by 10:00. What an impact we could make! Sometimes turning a frown upside down before the student gets to their homeroom makes a better day for both student and teacher.
This is so true! Everyone wants to be greeted with a smile. We need to begin our students day as soon as they enter the school on a positive note. I agree Wendy, I have heard the 10x10 idea many times. If we are all connected to these students and let them know that they are important to us, what a difference that would make! The last sentence said alot to me "You never know when a simple hello will make someone's day more okay!".
I thought the article was good! I agree that our students really need us to be positive and show them that we are happy that they are here. Even on hard days, it means so much to children to be welcomed, wanted and needed.
This ia very good article! I gives us all something to think about.We have to let our students know how important they are and how good it is to see them everyday. It definately does set the tone in our classroom! I learned in another workshop that if we could greet 10 students, for 10 seconds, by 10 O'clock we could build a positive attitude in our school. I try this with the students in my classroom and others that are not in my room. It does make a difference! I also thought about the Joe Coles training when he talked about putting the 10 pennies in your pocket to remind you to say at least 10 positive things every day.
The poem at the end says it all, and the first chapter ties in beautifully with the important messages from our Joe Coles workshop.
I am up for it!! Sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in having that one goal of teaching the lesson that I have prepared for today. I easily forget about the main reason that I got into teaching. That reason is to reach my students and let them know that I love them. What better way to communicate this than a daily greeting! This reminds me of that saying, "Students may not remember what you taught them but they will remember how you treated them." It is so important that we treat our students the way that THEY want to be treated!
I loved this, it was such great advice. We should always make each and every student feel wanted, loved and important. I know it makes a difference in my day, no matter the problems I am facing to hear someone say positive things to me to start my day. Teachers should want their students to be happy. I believe turning a bad day into a good day with a greeting is a better day for the student and the teacher.
I think the article gives great advice for teachers. As a person, I feel better first thing in the mornings when I wave at a parent, or a parent waves at me. It goes without saying that we should greet all of our students in a special way and acknowledge them with a positive comment in the morning. It is better to start their day off right, than to point it in the wrong direction. I believe that all teachers should have a positive attitude and strive to make someone's elses morning each day!
This is so true. I agree with Wendy about the 10x10 idea. If we start out on a positive note then are students will have a better attitude about school. Like April said no matter how my morning started and what is going on in my life, I need to show my students that I am here for them and I am glad to be here, be with them and make it the best day ever. I like it when I am greeted at places. It does make me feel welcome. So that is a good goal that I will have and I will do everyday. Being in the lunchroom in the morning for breakfast gives me the opportunity to greet many students with a smile and let them know we are glad they are here.
I loved the article. I think the advice given was very true. If we want our students to respond in a positive way we must first respond to them in a positive way.
This just confirms what I already believed to be true. No matter what has already happened at home in the morning, they can begin the day fresh with a happy face waiting to greet them. This morning greeting sets the tone for the entire day. Our "good morning" might be the first positive interaction some students have had all day. That end of the day "good-bye" should be just as positive. This gives us the opportunity to make each student feel loved, valued, and accepted.
I love the 10X10 idea! I know that I try to say hello and find something positive to say to everyone I possibly can. I may not know their name, but just looking in their eyes and smiling can somtimes make their day(ans mine) a lot better!
I love this concept. I am going to try to do with all of my classes.
This makes so much sense! We want to be treated this way--so I guess the Golden Rule is true!
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