Posted on April 02, 2012 in News
Greet your students at the door each morning. This simple gesture will not only help you build community in your inclusive classroom, but will give all students a chance to practice social skills such as saying “good morning”, giving compliments, and shaking hands.
This photo of third-grade teacher, Diane Berin, is a still from my new DVD “You’re Going to Love This Kid”; Diane greets her third graders every day and believes this ritual is imperative. In the film, she shares why:
…they remind me when it’s their birthday because I always forget, they remind me that their grandfather has recently passed away, they remind me they forgot their homework, they forgot their book bag, they have a new pair of shoes on. It’s like that brief, even if it’s just ten seconds with each child really helps me understand how they’re entering into my classroom.