For me, I like to tell the kids they are "my" kids. I tell them you will be with me 6 hours a day for 184 days this year. I let them know I will protect them, teach them, and love them and I let them know I want them to do that for each other too. #QuietKidsCount
Had kids turn and talk, make connections to some books we read in the first few days of school, think about how they want our class to be with a focus on the positive. Not, "Don't do this..." kind of rules. #QuietKidsCount
Those kids that don't easily reach out are always the hardest ones to get to know and for the others to get to know too. At the beginning of the year, I take them out a few times for free play and I just watch them. #QuietKidsCount
I do the free play for PE. No admin has ever said anything about it, but if they did, I would show them my notes and explain why. I don't think they would object if I said that I was trying to get to know them better. #QuietKidsCount
I built in free play/recess/snack time each day (about 15 mins) to give kids a bit of a break from the academic. We go from 8:25-12:35 with no official break. That's a lot of stimulation for introverts. #QuietKidsCount
When I see a student playing alone, I watch first... is there a reason they are playing alone? Then, after watching, I will try to pair kids together who aren't playing with anyone, or I will encourage a group of kids playing to invite the lonely one to play.
We had buddy benches at my last school...place where kids went when they had no one to play with...other kids were suppose to come and get them to make them feel included. It ended up being a disaster! More like a bully bench! #QuietKidsCount