I learned about this idea from a fellow teacher and adapted it for my 5th graders. I call it "Triple H"- it stands for "Hug, Handshake, or High Five". Every Friday as the students are lined up to go home and I'm telling them good-bye, each child and I share one of the three gestures - student choice. OK, we also add in "fist bumps", but that ruins the acronym! It gives me a chance to let the kids know that, even if we've hit bumps in the road during the week, we are still a family and I care for them.
I've always been too focused on getting academics covered in the classroom and I really needed a custom or ritual like this. I'd heard that the single most important indicator of success for a child is the relationship with the teacher. Wow! When I discovered this ritual being used in another classroom, I decided to try it. I don't think my students "live" for Triple H during the week, but I believe that they appreciate the weekly check-in. I like that it's not invasive, the student gets to choose, and I have a moment with each individual.
Do you have a classroom custom like this?
Triple H on Fridays...