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LillyMarge (not verified)

As a Mentor Administrator, I

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As a Mentor Administrator, I appreciate this article. It is our goal that every child will have at least one person to greet them, to look them in the eyes and listen. Ms. Cleary is right. All children have needed and do need this!
Daisuke (not verified)

I thought the idea of the

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I thought the idea of the circle of chairs was great. It will help bring a classroom together and students might talk to other students who they may not usually talk to. It may also give a student confidence to talk in front of many people which may lead to students becoming more involved in a classroom. It also gives teachers a chance to know a little bit about each student everyday and understand more about each student.
Jim Moulton (not verified)

In reading Brian's

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In reading Brian's cautionary note about "getting caught up in the process" rather than being certain that we "authentically" meet the very real needs of all kids, I want to add that the actual "sitting together" at the start of this day was one of the most important parts of the story. Like any social endeavor, the process pieces were critical. In the professional adult world, I routinely wait to start meetings that range from primarily informational to potentially confrontational until all participants are "at the table," or, "all in the circle." In doing so I make sure that there are no "back rows" or "back benches" to the critical conversation and ultimately the decisions that these meetings are going to produce. And in the end, it is the skill of the teacher as facilitator, educator, and co-learner that makes all the difference!
Dawn (not verified)

I am a Literacy teacher for

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I am a Literacy teacher for a group of 7 second graders. I only have them for an hour and a half each day, but we start several periods a week (always Monday and often Friday) sharing something about our lives. Each person gets a chance to share something, including me, and I use the opportunity to make connections, introduce new topics, and learn more about my "kiddos". I wouldn't give up this time for anything.
Vicki Lubkeman (not verified)

Hi. I'm a fourth grade

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Hi. I'm a fourth grade teacher in a DC public school. How fortunate are children who can start their day by talking with each other! They learn to become interested in, concerned about, and CURIOUS about the lives of others. They ask questions that lead to ongoing conversations. This kind of activity teaches our children to shed their self-centeredness... The effects of this kind of activity are endless... and amazingly positive. Our children develop socially and academically. No more bullying... No more name-calling... No more fighting... And IF these issues arise, children deal with them seriously and thoughtfully and, oftentimes, independently of an adult. All this because they talk with each other everyday.
Linda St. Laurent (not verified)

What a great story with a

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What a great story with a powerful message. I really believe that (especially with middle school students) you need to keep in mind how important modelling behaviors are for their growth. Teaching is not just about the subject area. It also means helping each student to be well rounded contributing members of their community. Our students have so much to say and share. If we (as educators) take the time to listen, we will find additional ways to steer them in the directions they need to be heading.
Brian Morris (not verified)

Our middle school does

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Our middle school does something similar called meet and greet during a morning period called connections. I agree with the idea of connecting with the students but the key is to be authentic. It is easy to fall into the trap of going through the motions without purpose. I see may students who simply go through the meet and greet process as if it is just another thing they must comply with. At the same time there are students who want and need that morning connection. The point is to remember there are many ways for teachers to connect with students and students to connect with other students and we should not get caught up in the process.
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Jim Moulton Technology Integration and Project-Based Learning Consultant