Primary Week 1, Day 1

Introduction

For Teachers

Whether you are using the program in the classroom or with distance learning, you will want to have your bell, cymbal or chime at the ready so it is easy to let students know when you’re beginning or ending each portion of the activity.  Using the bell to get their attention will allow you to give the instructions without having to raise your voice.

Because everyone has gone through at least inconvenience and for many, varying levels of struggle and sorrow, the first several activities bring students together in a shared understanding of the commonness of their experience and – to an appropriate degree – the vast difference.  This is the foundation for understanding, acceptance, compassion and empathy.

 

Choose what method of delivery will work, given your circumstance. Options can be reviewed here.

Prompt

Blue boxes denote content to read directly to students. Read the following:

Introduce the program:

Boys and girls! Today is a new beginning for us all and we’re going to start each day in a way that helps us make friends and get along at school. Every day we’ll take time just like we’re doing now. And we’re all going to learn how to take turns listening to one another.

Prompt if onsite:

Let’s just each share something about coming back to school that you have been looking forward to.

For Kinders: What is something you looked forward to in coming to school.)

Prompt if online:

Even though we don’t get to be in the classroom together yet, we get to have time together like this…. so today we’re going to talk about something we are looking forward to about being able to connect online.

For Kinders: What is something you looked forward to in “coming to school” or “connecting with us on the computer.”

Ring your bell or cymbal to denote the beginning of this sharing time.

Allow students to take turns sharing their perspective. Encourage others to listen respectfully and wait their turn to speak.

We’ve designed these first couple of weeks with the program to give teachers insights that will be helpful in lowering student anxiety about being back at school.

For these first few days of school, it may pay off to give kids more time to reply. (This could also lead to more discussion times throughout the day as time or need arises.) 

If you’d like to keep this activity to five minutes, consider coaching students on how to respond quickly yet thoughtfully.

Ring your bell or cymbal to denote the end of this sharing time.

 

Connecting

This will be a whole class discussion, whether you're in-person or virtual.

Were your ideas like anybody else’s?

For Kinders: Make observations about how some of their ideas were similar.

“Oh, you thought of something that is a lot like what Eddie.You had some of the same kinds of ideas.”

Ring your bell or cymbal to denote the beginning of this sharing time.

Allow students to take turns sharing their perspective. Encourage others to listen respectfully and wait their turn to speak.

We’ve designed these first couple of weeks with the program to give teachers insights that will be helpful in lowering student anxiety about being back at school.

For these first few days of school, it may pay off to give kids more time to reply. (This could also lead to more discussion times throughout the day as time or need arises.) 

If you’d like to keep this activity to five minutes, consider coaching students on how to respond quickly yet thoughtfully.

Ring your bell or cymbal to denote the end of this sharing time.

 

Daily Challenge

This allows you to close the discussion on a positive note.

I’m so glad you’re all here today. There are a lot of good things we’ll experience together this year!

High Five Finale

This serves as an end-of-day check-in. It's especially effective for younger students.

What did you like about today?

Allow for a popcorn type response if all together. If remote learning, consider a text or quick email to each of your students individually.