Triple H on Fridays...


     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?
Pat McFadyen
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  1. I love the triple H. We have a good-bye wisher in our room that tells each child that they are glad that they came to school today and they hope to see them tomorrow. We then have a variety of good-byes with different gestures...give a hug ladybug, see you soon raccoon, etc.

    I try and give each of my kiddos a hug or pat on the back or even our secret and special handshake and class sign. I remember that I might be the only one to love that kiddo for that day so I try and show it. =)

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    Heather
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  2. Aww, what a sweet routine you have in your classroom! I like the little rhymes, Heather! Thank you for your comments and for following me...I'm definitely zooming over to your blog! Triple H!
    Pat

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