Work with colleagues to implement the practices of The Advisory Book.
Building a Community of Learners Grades 5-9
Acknowledgement: Secret partners are watched to gather a specific acknowledgement of something the person has said or done throughout the day or week
Acknowledgement: Students move around the circle shaking hands with those whom they wish to acknowledge and can be asked to specify the reason for acknowledgement
Growth in social skills leads to academic success
Deepen students' connections and friendships with one another.
This article first appeared in Origins: A Newsletter for Elementary Educators, Winter 2011
Closing: A quick clapping activity to end the day.
Acknowledgement: Individual names on crumpled paper are used to randomly acknowledge a classmate
A paper snowball activity to ask and answer questions in a group or partner setting.
Problem-solving meeting to address cross-classroom issue builds community and empowers kids
This article first appeared in
Origins: A Newsletter for Educators, Winter 2008
Social and academic growth for shy students
CD and Book
Great for Morning Meeting and other meetings, too!
Acknowledgment: Students offer a series of group affirmations
For use with creating Hopes and Dreams and goal setting: Grace overcomes obstacles through her determination.
For use with creating Hopes and Dreams and goal setting: Applemando's dreams become known to the villagers and they come to discover the importance of having dreams and goals.
Adapted from Lively Learning: Using the Arts to Teach the K-8 Curriculum by Linda Crawford
This article first appeared in Origins: A Newsletter for
Educators, Fall 2007
For use with creating Hopes and Dreams and goal setting: Irene's goal is to deliver the dress her mother made to the duchess and despite many obstacles she is able to accomplish her goal.
Set the stage for a successful year with “getting-to-know-you” greetings, shares, and activities.
Lively presentation tells a story of strengthened social skills
This article first appeared in Origins: A
Newsletter for Elementary Educators, Winter 2009
Guiding Adolescents to Responsible Independence
Bridging Cultural Gaps in Grades 5–9
Guide adolescents toward meaningful conversations to connect with their peers and build a solid foundation for understanding and accepting other cultures.
As you entwine social-emotional learning with academics in your school, Developmental Designs training is just as important for administrators as it is for teachers.
Borrowing from Glasser to increase student investment in learning
This article first appeared in Developmental Designs: A Middle
School Newsletter, Fall 2009
Projects, competition, and cooperation bring order and fun to a middle school
This article first
appeared in the Origins' publication Developmental Designs: A Middle School
Newsletter, Fall 2007
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