In these first few weeks back at school, take some time on Fridays, or with extra minutes throughout the week, to complete some of the following activities.
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. 9th!
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.
Teach and Review PBIS
This month the PBIS team will be speaking to the kids about expectations and positive behaviors. You will receive Bingo games, are encouraged to have students practice correct and incorrect behaviors around the school, and point out all of the places and expectations students will be accountable for.
Reward positive behavior with pride points, as our store will be open at the beginning of the year!
Second: Squad Meetings, Goals, and Self-Advocating
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.
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.