A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to present at a character education conference in St. Louis. I met some wonderful people, and heard some fantastic speakers! One thing was clear, there are a lot of dedicated professionals out there who want to make life easier for kids! I am looking forward to the school year starting, so that I can implement some of the new things that I learned, and also continue utilizing some of the strategies that I use (that were validated at the conference)!!!
1. Greet each student at the door each morning- Welcome them into the room, and let them know you are prepared for a new day.
2. Give the students time to reflect on their evening/weekend- Implement a “For the Good of the Group” sharing time.
3. Incorporate a variety of literature into teaching. Literature is an invaluable resource. Kids can make so many connections with the books that you read.
4. Parents play a huge role in the education of the their children. Make sure to involve them frequently. Solicit their feedback, and encourage their participation.