I was so eager to get back to my kids this week. Eager to hug them and talk to them and let them know I loved them.
Coincidence or not, on Friday I pulled my kids together to talk community building and all things family. I have always been so big on building community in the classroom, whether it be through morning meetings or at random times throughout the year when I feel like my kids need it. Many of us do it those first weeks of school, but then forget about it all year long.
In retrospect, I’m so glad I did this on Friday. Who would have thought we’d have to come in on Monday with such heavy hearts. The theme behind this community building activity was respect. There really was no purpose behind it, and I didn’t come to the table bringing my dog and pony show. Sometimes, the best community builders are the ones where you just get to sit and talk with your kids.
We started by defining respect so that students could understand what it is.
Then, we read Thank you, Mr. Falker. This is such a great book to start a discussion on respect.
After we finished our mentor text, we brainstormed answers to these questions on our anchor chart to get the conversation started:
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