Academic Culture

Warm Welcomings

Warm Welcomings is a strategy I use to develop a strong positive culture in my blended classroom. When students enter into an inviting atmosphere and begin the class on a positive note, they are able to focus better. It is important to me to start off class together on the rug because my students spend a significant portion of the class working independently on computers and in small groups. Warm Welcomings gives us the time to come together as a community of scholars and it can be anything from a "welcome back from recess" to an invitation for students to share something positive about their time away from class. 

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For as many hours as my students are in our classroom, it might as well be called their second home. For this reason, I find that simple decor ideas like houseplants help make the classroom feel more inviting, especially because students spend so much time using computers on a typical day.
 
Teacher In Action
 
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
For as many hours as my students are in our classroom, it might as well be called their second home. For this reason, I find that simple decor ideas like houseplants help make the classroom feel more inviting, especially because students spend so much time using computers on a typical day.
Raul Gonzalez
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Quick
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
First grade
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