So needless to say, things are going well. I think a big part of it is our working together as a community. We are a team. We are learning that even though we may not like each other every day, we still have to show respect to each other.
Our School participates in the PBIS system (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) and we have 3 Main Rules of the school - Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Ready. We say these every day. We talk about the meaning of them every day.
Our first poem of the year was one I wrote about Team Work. All week long we did activities to work as a team. We talked about needing each other for help and support and if one person doesn't pitch in, it doesn't work.
Here is the poem we did.
We even got to recite our poem over the intercom in the Principal's office. That was the highlight of their week!
We also worked on Team Building by playing games that made them work together. It was a lot of fun and they really learned that if you work together, awesome things can happen.
|We had 6 teams of 3 build puzzles together and see which team could do it the fastest.|
|We worked together to pass a hula hoop around the circle.|
|We worked together to pass the can around the circle. They could only use their feet. (sorry for the cruddy editing of this picture, I was doing it quickly and forgot to click off of the star points before doing a screen capture =)|
We also did a ball relay where they had to stand in a line and pass the ball over their shoulders or through their legs. That was fun =) And we went to the gym one afternoon and played teams with balloons, trying to keep them in the air. I forgot my camera on the relay day and for the balloon one, I had to play balloon cop instead =)
They had a great time and I think they really learned a lot about working together. We still go back to our poem to remind each other of what we need to do as a class. I highly recommend doing this at the beginning of the year with your kiddos. I know I plan on keeping it in my plans for a long time.
We did this while talking about community helpers and how we need so many people to help make a community work. It was a great tie in to our lesson.
What do you do to build a community?