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“Everybody’s It!” – Building Relationships With Play!

I can’t join in because of my knees, but I watch.

I stand on the sidewalk, outside our back door, and watch them engage in our Morning Meeting activity, “Everybody’s It.”

When the weather warms up, we head outside for our Morning Meeting activity every day that we can.

I am fortunate, I open our back door, and they hit the blacktop.

I do not remember where I found “Everybody’s It”. I didn’t make it up, but I love this game and what it does for my kids.

It’s exactly what it says, everybody’s it. Anyone can tag you, and you’re frozen. But, anyone can “unfreeze” you.

I set my timer and let them loose, and I watch.

They have evolved since the beginning of the year.

Everyone used to be out for themselves.

Now, they find a way to double back and unfreeze another student.

They call out the names of students that are frozen, knowing that they can’t get to them, but hoping someone else will.

They unfreeze, not only their friends, but any of their peers who are frozen.

They run like crazy, no one thinking they are too cool to play.

They have fun, and don’t take themselves so seriously.

I think one day before school ends, I’m going to put on my sneakers, and join in. With my knees I’ll be easy to catch, but with the relationships I’ve built with them. I know I won’t be frozen long!:)

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Creating a Caring Community in the Classroom: Morning Meeting!

If I could only use one aspect from Responsive Classroom, I would choose Morning Meeting. Morning Meeting has created an environment in my classroom that I love not only witnessing, but being a part of. We use responsive Classroom in our district, however, this is not an infomercial for Responsive Classroom. 🙂 I just love what it has done for my classroom community.READ MORE...

 

Morning Meeting Moments Create Critical Thinkers!

I use two sites that promote critical thinking: BrainPop and Wonderopolis.

Every morning we begin our day with Morning Meeting. I have really come to enjoy Morning Meeting, it gives me a chance to bond with my students.

This year, I’ve added two elements, BrainPop and Wonderopolis. Their widgets are embedded on our class web page. READ MORE

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