At the end of each day, we have 15 minutes on our schedule that is supposed to be used as “Reteach Time.” I don’t know of a single teacher that uses that time to reteach. With having to get the kids packed up and ready to go, there leaves hardly anytime to reteach. Monday-Thursday in my classroom that time is used for me to read aloud to kids. They absolutely love it. But they love Friday’s even more.
On Friday’s we have what I call Good Note which is a time for us to do something fun as a whole class to end the week on good note. I have some kids who dread the weekends because that means less food, less attention from adults, and zero encouraging words or hugs. Good Note lets them start their weekends off in a great way. It allows them to think positive and gives them something to hang onto when the weekend seems too much to bear. It’s also an opportunity for each kid who had a rough week at school because of behavior problems, bad test grade, or forgetting their homework at home to end the week in a positive way.
Some Friday’s we’ve danced to their favorite songs, played silly games, wrote a crazy group story, watched funny and appropriate videos, had jumping contests, drew pictures with our non-dominant hands, and lots of other fun things. It’s probably one of my favorite times of the week and I know the kids feel the same way. On Friday’s everyone walks out of my classroom on a Good Note.
It’s easy to do. The kids absolutely love it. It physically lasts about 10 minutes, but the feeling lasts much longer.
I love this.