Morning Meeting: Greeting Apron
This apron is used during Morning Meeting or if you have a "Greeter" on your job chart it works well too. The student puts on the apron and walks up to each student and asks them something like this, "Good morning! I'm so glad you're here; how would you like to be greeted today?" The student then either points or states which greeting he/she chooses. The greeter then proceeds to carry out the desired greeting with the student. There are other variations that can be created for this apron, but these are just some that I chose. Note: The "Wiggly Handshake" is one that I invented! The students put their hands together as if they are going to shake hands, except instead of shaking hands both students wiggle their fingers on their shaking hand. I have found that the "wiggly handshake" works better than the traditional handshake with students because students tend to turn the handshake into a game, which then quickly becomes a disruption. For example, a student might try to squeeze the other students hand and/or do an exaggerated handshake with their entire arm and upper body rocking back and worth, neither of which is very helpful and quickly turns this exercise into a game. So, when creating these aprons be sure and think carefully about what you'd like the students to do with the gestures because things could get out of hand.
Afternoon Ritual: Goodbye Apron
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