Kids come in to my classroom with so many emotions. Excitement from a Tooth Fairy visit. Frustration with siblings. Hunger. Fear of not having a good day. Joy from a hot chocolate date with a parent. Grief. Worry. Anxiety.
I find that if I get a pulse on each and every child in my room, I can best serve these students in their quest for a better day. During our morning routine, I ask them to rate their day on a scale from 1-5. One being suck-ville, five being stellar-awesome. The rating is done on their chest, so there’s a little discretion. I do a quick scan of the room. It’s easy to see who needs to be lifted up and easy to see which students can help me lift others up. Sometimes I will even take note of sweetheart kids who take it upon themselves to encourage those with ones on their chests…these are our leaders, our compassion crew, the heart of our classroom.
It’s a simple tool, but it has helped me know where to channel my hugs, extra grace and tenderness. In my informal data collection, I’ve found that these students really do have better days when given the extra boost they need. It has also proven to be invaluable in building relationships with my kids. Children respond when they notice you care about their situations, wellbeing and circumstances. They’re smart–they get it. We should try to tap into their mood as soon as possible for the benefit of our whole class community.
What do you do in the morning to see who needs TLC?
Your cheerleader on the teacher journey,