Looking for a creative way for students to break the ice? We all know how awkward students can feel when getting to know their teachers and peers. Here are a few ideas for you.
- Engage the students in a general discussion surrounding the difference of being courteous and being kind. Another point of discussion can be how to engage in social networking and blogs in a courteous and kind manner. Pair them up or set up small groups for them to come up with their own or personal feelings about these topics.
- Take it a step further and have your student(s) pass a sequin (an act of kindness) to someone and write/email the story to you. You, or the student, can then forward the story to me, through the blog for posting. If age appropriate, consider asking for a volunteer from your class to help with emailing the stories.
- Bring the blog right into the classroom, show it on power point or gather around a computer to allow the students read what kids are doing in other schools.
- Remember, the students can pass sequins to humans, animals or the environment. If they are shy about passing a sequin, have them do something kind for a fellow student in the class, email it to me and Iʼll post it.
- Iʼve found that once a student story is posted on the blog, they continue passing sequins on their own. Students have come up to me in the hall, stopped by my classroom and chatted with me in the cafe about a new act of kindness that they have passed without any prompting from me.
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