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Friday Lesson: The Importance of Names

Last week we shared the first in a series of classroom community building Activities aimed at helping you start the school year off on the right foot. The handshake activity we shared is a great method for “breaking the ice,” building rapport, and practicing social introductions and names. A key ingredient for creating a positive environment in the classroom is to help students know and use each others’...

It's Back to School Time

It’s “back to school time” and many educators are looking for activities to help them start the school year off on the right foot. Over the upcoming weeks we will be offering a series of posts focused on building a positive foundation for a productive classroom learning environment. Along with the upcoming activity posts, readers might find it helpful to refer back to some of our older Friday...

Penny for Your Thoughts

During these final days of summer many families gather for vacations and reunions. Educators and Counselors often are looking for some new activities for that final session of their summer program, or are starting to think about the first week back at school. Here is a activity from Jackie Gerstein’s Book A Place of Connection, that could be adapted to fit any of these situations. Purpose (goal) • To have...

Blind Slalom

Our last few Friday Lessons have focused on “Executive Functioning” and some simple activities that help learners practice cognitive and social/emotional skills. Here is another adaptable activity from John Bergman and Saul Hewish’s book Challenging Experience. Blind Slalom Aims: Practice visual mapping. Practice controlled behavior. Practice safe physical behavior. Method: Have the group stand in...

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