On the other hand, a â€œ1â€ means that I would rather be anywhere but here. Perhaps I am sick, upset, or troubled by something at home. The kids can pick any number between one and ten, fractions and decimals included, to share with the group. Students who do not wish to participate have the freedom to pass.
Going around the circle takes only a minute or two because the kids are only saying numbers; they arenâ€™t revealing the reasons behind their numbers, thus preserving everyoneâ€™s right to privacy.
Iâ€™m always on the lookout for low numbers so that, as the day unfolds, I can offer these students comfort and cheer to boost their spirits. I encourage the kids to do the same. This activity builds a sense of inclusion and mutual caring; it also strengthens the bonds among team members. In addition, whenever possible, we try to find time at the end of the day to go around the circle again so that we can determine whether there have been any changes from the morning.
It's always heart-warming to hear students who began the day with a low number share a high number at the end of the day and describe how a classmate cared enough about them to cheer them up throughout the day.
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