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Morning Gathering Time

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Since starting to work in this program, I have done different things with morning gathering time.  Ranging from a half hour get together to doing absolutely nothing and just starting in with programming.  The later was when almost all of the students were middle or high school aged.  It seems the more young students I have in my class, the more need I feel to do this morning gathering time. 
So this coming up year, we will once again be doing a morning gathering time.  I so wish I had a Smart Board so that I could do a bunch of interactive Boardmaker stuff each morning  but failing that I will be putting together a bunch of visuals to go through the following routine.  Once the visuals are done, I will be posted them on adapted learning.  Here is a run down on how the routine will go... Sign-in, Good Morning and Attendance - will have a visual with all students names/pictures in the center and then we will be putting them either "at school" or "at home" each day.  T…

I am important...

"...I am the decisive element in the classroom. My personal approach creates the climate. My daily mood makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt, or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized."  ~~Haim Ginott~~

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