Saturday, November 15, 2014


Two years ago I started such a special tradition:  Friday Circle.  Some background first-  I love Responsive Classroom.  This program helps teachers focus on positive reinforcement and create a classroom dependent on respect- for the teachers AND the students.  Every morning we begin the day with a meeting- a greeting to each student, a few shares about our lives, and information about our day (in the form of a written letter from me and any random classroom announcements).

Then I came up with the idea of a Friday Circle.  At the very end of the day, we sit for just a minute and reflect on our week.  They let me know they're ready with thumbs-up on their knees.  Then we share something we're proud of, either academically or behaviorally.  At the beginning of the year, I discussed the difference between being proud of yourself and bragging.  We go around the circle, and everyone has to start with, "I'm proud..."

I hear, "I proud that I got 3 stars on my card."
"I'm proud that I helped a friend at Recess."  (Then I'll ask him to be more specific.)
"I'm proud I earned another point for Accelerated Reader."

It's such a sweet time of reflection.


  1. Love this idea so much I shared it on my Five on the Fifth post. What an awesome way to build a community of learners!

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