Anyway... my tutoring session for this evening was cancelled, so I thought I'd get in a really quick post. I was going to write up a new Picture Book Post for a later date, but then I read this post by Stephanie at Teaching in Room 6, and as I was commenting there, I thought my comment would be a great post of my own! Then I realized it was a Linky Party hosted by the ah-mazing Laura Candler, and I knew picture books could wait!
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Anyway, that summer I really struggled with whether I was going to, or even should, continue teaching. After a lot of soul searching, I came to the conclusion that everyone has a rough class; I couldn't let this one class define the rest of my career.
Fast forward to the beginning of one of the BEST years of my career! I started the year with a new rule in place (and the reason for this post (finally!!)): Give Me an H.
I had each student "Give me an H" before they left the classroom. They had a choice of "H:" handshake, high-five, or hug. As they left the first few weeks of school, I stood by the door and initiated the H. After that, the students would search me out. One of them even went out of his way to Give me an H at the grocery store! :)
I told my class that this was my way of saying, "Even if we had a rotten day today, I still care about you and can't wait to see you again tomorrow." I noticed a shift in the classroom that year, too. By the end of September, they said goodbye or high-fived each other as they left - not just me!
I didn't do it last year for various reasons, but I am looking forward to implementing it again this year.