Saturday, 26 July 2014

Sweet Tweets - building our class commmunity

This term we will be undertaking a ‘sweet tweet’ community circle task.  We wanted to build on the person outline task we did in term 1 in our learning logs to further strengthen our class community and to build our class culture even more.  The person outline task we did during the first weeks of this year involved us each writing a special message to each class member around their person outline in their learning logs.  This helped to break the ice, and get each of us to think about each member in our new class and appreciate what we knew about them then.  This really helped each student to feel welcome in our class.

This term Mrs Gunn wanted to do something similar as we are about half way through the year, and we now know more about each other.  This is where the 'Sweet Tweets' idea came from.  Each day we will need to choose one classmate to observe and think about.  Our exit pass for each day is to have written a sweet message for that classmate.  We then record our initials in the grid on the cube under the board.

Our learning intention with this activity is:
  • To notice the great things about each of the members of our class
  • Show appreciation for the things that our class mates do and say
  • Understand why it is important to tell other what we appreciate about them
  • Feel a sense of belonging to our class community
  •  Everyone getting that 'feel good' feeling upon reading their messages from others

During our first community circle for week 1, we discussed this and the purpose of the task.  We also discussed what kinds of things we will be looking for in our class mates, (linking these into our 4R’s and TRUMP’s etc) and how we need to be specific.  Children will be encouraged to write up ideas on paper for the board.  Come check it out in Room 14 and have a chat about how it’s going with a member of our class.

Here are some photos from our first 'sweet tweet' session:

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