Social and Emotional Learning and the Start of School | Edutopia
Make a special effort to greet children in a positive and uplifting way at the start of school. Create a festive atmosphere, not a “get down to business” factory atmosphere.
Highlight all the good and exciting things that will be happening at the beginning of the school year, as well as throughout the year.
Give students a chance to share good memories about the summer, what they are looking forward to for the new school year, and something about themselves that they would like classmates to know. Time spent helping the students in a class bond in positive ways will bring large dividend later in the year as students work together in pairs, teams, and groups.
Allow students to have input into setting the rules for the classroom, in terms of both “do’s” and “don’ts.”
Give students an opportunity each day to reflect on what they are learning. Ask them to keep a journal and write down, at the end of the day, three things they are taking with them from the school day. Have them keep daily journals in one or some or all subject areas where, at the end of a class period or unit or project, they write down three things they are taking away from that unit of work.