Well, today was day 1 of implementing Conscious Discipline for me & my kiddos.
I started the day with the morning meeting where I taught them that my job is to keep them safe & their job is to help me.
We learned how to greet each other with a handshake, eye contact, & kind words. I was surprised at how self conscious this made some of them. They looked visibly uncomfortable making eye contact & greeting their friends. I think this is a good thing as I work to make them feel safe & secure with themselves, their friends, & the environment.
After the greeting time, I taught them a destressing, breathing technique that they could do if they start to feel stressed. They LOVED this. I still need to figure out how to teach them how to know when they need to use this.
At the end of the meeting we reviewed all the new information & did a class cheer.
I am hoping that this ritual will allow them to have a smooth, positive jump start to their day.
Later in the day...we revisited what it means to be safe & ways that we can be safe at school. We made this anchor chart to support our ideas.
After reading & re-reading the chart a bajillion times, we watched this on BrainpopJr.
We talked about what to do in different bullying-type scenarios.
They really got into this...
I won't say that today was perfect, but it was a start. I still had a couple of students that have behavior challenges that just didn't get on board with the rest of us today. I am just going to keep plugging along & see what happens.
How was your first day back?!