A positive classroom community is very important to me. I can't control what it will be like for my students when they leave my classroom at the end of the day, but I can make sure that they feel safe and loved when they're in my classroom.
I love quick and easy classroom community building games, and warm fuzzies is just that!
I started this activity by giving each of my students three fuzzy poms. While music was playing, students walked around the room smiling at one another. When the music stopped, students turned back-to-back with the student closest to them. When every student was matched up, they turned around and gave their partner and heart-felt compliment before handing them a fuzzy pom.
This repeated three times until all of the students' poms had been exchanged and each child gave three meaningful compliments.
There were smiles all around and the kids were so excited when I told them they could keep the poms.
After my kiddos spirits' were high, I asked my kids to raise their hand if they received a really good compliment from a partner. Every hand in the room went up!
Activities like this make me realize how important it is to stop and lift each other up with compliments. I think my kids would agree that we left school on a positive note.
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