With all the added stress and worry placed on not only our students, but educators as well, now is the time to really make use of your peace shelf. Providing a small space in your classroom dedicated to allowing time for students to process, center, and practice mindfulness is not only simple, but necessary. Peace shelves do not have to be complex, just a simple space somewhere in your room that contain activities for students to take a brain break. Below are some ideas for your shelf. It is also good practice to change out activities at least twice a year in order to keep your students engaged and continuously using the peace shelf as needed.
Ideas for your shelf:
We also have Peace Shelf Task Cards available on our site. The link is provided below.
Peace Education Task Cards- Digital PDF
About This Set:
This card set is designed to place directly on your peace shelf as a resource for students to choose one card and engage in a peaceful activity.
Peace Education Task Cards Ready-to-Ship
About This Set:This card set is designed to place directly on your peace shelf as a resource for students to choose one card and engage in a peaceful activity.
Peace Education Task Card Lessons
This lesson set includes 12 lesson plans to companion our Peace Education task cards. Each lesson plan includes simple ways to implement each individual task card into the classroom or home environment.
One of the best ways to create a family atmosphere in your classroom is to share in celebrations. Think of all the ways you celebrate with your family. Common experiences like celebration traditions brings people together. It also makes people feel loved. Celebrating with your students shows your vulnerability, which I have found is vital to building strong relationships with students. Children mistakenly think teachers are always strong and often always serious. They are usually surprised when we show our fun side. What better day to have some fun than Valentine's Day?
Celebrate Valentine's Day the easy way with these fun FREE cards. There are 4 designs featuring original animal characters by my daughter Aubrey Fitzharris. She is a Montessori child, now attending a middle school for the Arts. These cards include a 2nd page of matching colored backs so you can have the option of printing on both sides. The cards were purposely designed to be teacher appropriate messages and gender neutral.
MAGICAL MONTESSORI VALENTINE'S CARDS (CLICK HERE)
Hope you love these cards. Please comment below if you want more FREEBIES in the future.
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Building Relationships with Students
Have you ever reflected on a favorite teacher you had while in school? What were some qualities that made them memorable? Most likely they were creative, fun, engaging, and caring. There may be other attributes that made them memorable for you, but for now, I want to focus on the caring aspect.
I can remember that teacher. The one who made me feel special and successful. Even in my failures, he never embarrassed me in front of my peers or made me feel like I couldn't recover from my failure. He was encouraging. I can remember gentle hugs, shoulder taps, one-on-one conference time, lunch chats, and after school tutoring. The qualities he possessed are ones I took with me as an educator. As a result, once I built relationships with my students, over time, classroom management was no longer a major issue and I could focus on instruction.
What do I mean by classroom management was no longer an issue? I don't have the golden ticket to help solve all the world's classroom management issues, but I can say for sure that when I give advice to novice teachers, I always start with that nugget. The internet is loaded with research on building relationships with students resulting in a positive impact on classroom performance. We have all seen the viral video of the teacher who greeted his students at the door with their own special handshake. One handshake at the start of school made each student feel special. And who doesn't like to feel special? Especially with someone they spend most of their day with for 180 days.
Here are some easy ideas for building relationships:
Sometimes, as an educator, you are lucky enough to build lasting relationships that keep your students coming back to visit you. And sometimes you build such a deep relationship that the student actually becomes a part of your family. Our students aren't just students, they are our children.
If you have any stories, ideas, pictures, or tips feel free to share them in the comment section.
Stephanie Stephens and Holly Fitzharris are both Montessori educators- collectively with over 30 years of experience in education.