Student Contributor: M. Shrope
This tool is helpful because it is a way to start your mornings off on a good note as well as to check in on your student’s mental mindset as they are beginning their school day. It is also a helpful way to get to know your students and their interests.
The way I suggest this tool be used is first thing in the morning once the bell has rung and your kids are in their seats to do a singing echo with your students singing “ tell me something goooooodddd”, they then raise their hands and tell you something good that is going on in their lives, something they are excited for, basically anything positive happening right now. The kids all take turns being respective listeners to each other. As a teacher, you are merely the facilitator. You call on the students to talk and offer positive feedback. In the higher grades, the students could probably call on the next person after they are done talking. The kids love this part of the day as well as from a teacher’s standpoint it makes you feel really happy starting the morning off with all these happy thoughts. I have also been able to make so many more personal connections with the students through what they share in this time. All students are not required to share something good but, from my experience almost everybody shares every morning.
I think this would fit best in the preventative phase because learning has not yet started taking place. This tool gets everyone in a positive headspace to start the day out and prevents the kids from carrying in negative baggage they might have from outside of school time. This tool adds to the classroom community as well which we know helps the student build relationships that can further down the road prevent bigger problems from happening. This would fall under the student-directed and collaborative theory because it is a joint effort during this time to keep it running smoothly. The students have to follow the listening and speaking expectation of the classroom while the teacher facilitates. I think if you were in the older grades, and they were to call on one another after they got done talking instead of the teacher doing that then it could be more student-centered.
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Tool Source: This idea came from my mentor teacher who got it from a radio show that has a segment every morning based on this.