TOP 10 Reasons Why to Greet Students at the Door Each and Every Morning
• Provides a smile and a reassurance that the teacher is glad the student came to school today, which sets the tone for a positive day • Promotes a strong relationship between the teacher and student • Enhances a positive classroom climate • Provides a moment of connection when you greet them by name- young children love to hear their name – let’s use them in positive statements • Assists children with letting go of issues that may have occurred on the bus or at home- they are being welcomed to a new start to the day • Promotes a sense of belonging and trust that school is a safe place • Provides social and emotional support • Demonstrates and models of how to greet others, how to use kind words, and how to be respectful • Provides a proactive, preventive technique to reduce challenging behaviors • Starts the day for the teacher with LOTS of smiles and positive interactions!
Greetings must be delivered with sincerity and genuine care for the students. If you rush through greetings, the students will not feel valued or respected which may lead to challenging behavior.
Use the student’s names
Provide options that include touching as well as include no touching to meet the needs of all students
1.Breathing influences all other systems in our bodies. Slowing our breathing and being conscious of our breathing helps us to calm our nervous system. Therefore, this is a skill that students will need throughout their entire lives.
2. Easy to do anywhere – with no equipment- it is portable!
3. Produces a relaxed state of being
4. Can be calming
5. Improves oxygen to the brain which in turn improves our thinking ability
6. Provides us with a sense of control
Teach each technique – one at a time to the entire class when everyone is calm and in a good mood.
Show visuals of each technique and post them in a place where students can use them as reminders.
Practice, Practice, Practice at all times of the day. Students need lots and lots of practice so that the techniques can be used automatically in times of stress. It takes LOTS of practice to become an expert.
Teach students to recognize signs of stress, frustration, and anger such as face getting hot, clenched fists, heavy breathing, crying, sweating, scrunched eyebrows, pounding heart.
Teach students the difference between short, quick, shallow breaths and long, deep, calming breaths. We want students to be using deep breathing since short breaths can actually make anxious feelings increase.
Model and role-play different situations practicing self-talk such as “I am upset that he took my toy. I can breathe like a bear 7 times.” “I am nervous about the fire drill. I can take 7 bunny breaths.” “He cut in line. I can say, “It’s okay” and take 7 deep breaths.”
If students need energy, have them inhale for a count of 7 and breath out quickly- see lion’s breath in the document download.
If the students need to calm their minds and bodies, have them inhale for a count of 3 and exhale for a count of 6 or so (shorter inhale/longer exhale). See Calming Breaths in the document download.