Home Court Extensions fall on Fridays this year, and while it may seem like kids are at their squirmiest- which they are- ending the week on a positive note, reflecting on work accomplished, and looking ahead to goals set will hopefully be a great way to kick off their weekends. Below are some suggested plans for Extended Home Courts if you're not sure what the should look like.
By the end of the month...
First: Learn More and Set up your squads.
With the first two days a likely whirlwind of planners, schedules, and lunch times- oh my!- take a minute to share the idea behind Home Court with the lesson, ppt, or even just an explanation from you. Brainstorm ideas for a mascot, team cheer/chant, and flag as well! Remember, you will need to share these at the assembly on Sept. 10th!
Read more about the purpose and plan for squads. Plan on creating these as early as possible so students can move into their goal setting and team building. Remember to plan some GTKY activities early on to help build trust.
Third: All grade assembly.
At some point in the month- listed on the calendar above- your Home Court's grade will be taken out for an all grade assembly. In the future this may be a great time to hold back those struggling students to 'focus' them, like in the old days, and help them get caught up on work or projects. However, this month the PBIS team will be speaking to the kids about expectations and positive behaviors. You may attend, obviously, or use this time to plan for the upcoming Home Court week, or even meet as a grade level to talk about Home Court ideas, implementations, or future assemblies you would like to host!
Second: Squad Meetings, Goals, and Self-Advocating
At your second extended Home Court, set a SMART goal as a class, then have students set them in their squads. Take time to play a GTKY game or ask some questions. Walk out to your fire drill spot and play some as well!. Have students save their set goals in their binder, and find a time to discuss in squads at least once a week, whenever is convenient for your group.
Then, venture into the Beginning Self-Advocacy page to learn more about what it means to ask for help. Watch one or two of the videos about asking for help and why it is important. Then have a discussion about why this is really difficult for most of us.
Fourth: Malala and a Squad meeting
Dive into the extraordinary life of Malala Yousafzai, the young woman who advocates for the right of education for girls and women in the Middle East. She has an amazing story, and at the age of our students accomplished so, so much. There are several articles and videos for consumption. Consider having different squads read different articles, then share what they learn!
The videos are great for front loading the students with information before reading the texts.
Before the end of the day, meet back as squads to discuss personal and group goals by filling out a Squad Discussion chart- which can live in their binders.