Getting students to communicate each day is so important. I find that if I give my students time to speak first thing in the morning during Sharing Circle, the day runs much more smoothly. What I love about coming together for sharing circle every morning is that I can get a quick glimpse of how my students are feeling. Sometimes students are having a rough morning, and other times they are going through something difficult at home. By knowing this first thing in the morning, I can give those students extra attention throughout the day. It gives me a heads up and I will know to be more patient with them if they are having issues. Their classmates tend to do the same when they are aware. When I consistently do sharing circle, I have less behavioral disturbances during the day. Students get a chance to speak and be heard first thing in the morning and are less disruptive. Sometimes we talk about issues that are going on during recess or lunch. It helps them to resolve their problems so they are better able to focus on their classwork and sets the stage for a positive classroom culture. Sometimes it’s hard to come up with daily questions, so I’ve created some question cards sharing strips for you to use. Use them as you see fit, but I’ve added some suggestions for use. You can see this blogpost
for more information and ideas.