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    By johnsju

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    Good topic...I'm interested to hear what others have to say!

    I stand at the door to welcome my students in the morning. I think it sets a good tone for the morning. They walk in, make their lunch choice, unpack/put away backpacks, sharpen pencils, and start their wake-up work. Here's how lunch choice works: each student has a craft stick with their name on it, and I decorated 2 (clean!) soup cans to put on the table beside our door. Students put their stick in the "school lunch" or "home lunch" can. It's also an easy way for me to tell who's there and who's absent. The students also know not to come up to me with lunch checks, permission forms, notes, etc. I have a basket with my name on it (the "Ms. ___ basket"); they put notes there, and I check it before class starts.

    At the end of the day, students fill out their homework pads, pack up, and CLEAN the floor. I usually choose 2 pieces of "mystery trash" on the floor, and the 2 students who pick those pieces up get a fun sticker. I like to spend the last 5 minutes talking about our day. Anyone who wants to may share 1 thing they enjoyed about the day and 1 thing they learned. Whatever is shared must be about the school day and it must be POSITIVE :D My students last year loved doing this, and it also helped me gain some insight. I stand by the door and tell all of them goodbye; most of them would give me a hug, a high-five, or just say "Bye!" I think that ends the day on a good note.

    Sorry this is so long...hope it helps some!

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