Students joined staff this week to kick off the 2016-2017 school year. The energy in the building was palpable! Teachers shared a little bit about who they are as a person and a learner with their classes. Students worked through ice breakers and team-building activities, setting each group on its unique journey to becoming a team. Students high-fived me in the hallways. Smiles were infectious. Positivity strummed through the building.
I know the beginning of the year is shiny and new, but I started wondering how we can we ride this momentum into the best year yet? What was it that made these first few days special?
Was it the focus on relationships first, knowing the rest will come?
Was it the staff community joining forces to share a unified message?
Was it the fact that everyone stepped out of their comfort zones to do what’s best for kids?
Whatever it was I was loving it! As I moved about the building taking it all in, I started noticing something. I had a blast joining in the I like People Who and The Big Question activities, learning commonalities that I shared with students. Both ice breakers being interactive and energetic. The kids were smiling and their was 100% engagement, a win-win! So what made these first few days special? I think that if we remember that these four choices are choices we make, directly or indirectly, when planning each of our lessons, we can ride this momentum throughout this school year.
If you have to choose between silence and discussion
If you have to choose between seated and standing
If you have to choose between messy and neat
If you have to choose between quiet and noisy