Don't you just love when you are doing something totally unrelated to teaching and you get a great idea? This happened to me while I was driving last week.
I decided when my students returned to school on Thursday I would have a secret word they had to say before they could get in the door. When Thursday morning rolled around I stood at the door, stopped each child and gave them the spill about our secret word routine.
Each day before they can enter our room they must tell me good morning!
Graphic from the fabulous Ashley Hughes.
This secret word was met with giggles from the students and smiles from parents dropping their kids off on the first day. It was a fabulous way to get our day started!
On Friday morning I stood at the door patiently waiting for my students to arrive. As soon as they rounded the corner I was met with big grins and, as soon as they got to my door, each child said, "Good Morning!"
Even when I had a few students come in later than most and I was already working on the roll at my desk they waved to me from the doorway and said, "Good Morning!"
This will without a doubt before a tradition/routine in my classroom. I was thrilled to get the chance to greet each of my students individually and see them start the day off with a smile!
I'm even thinking that we could switch up our word for different things that are going on throughout the year. Any suggestions on what we could use for the secret word?