Cute video and so true! I love that Rita points out that we need to tell the parents that we respect their home rules but we also need to have a second set of rules.
Do you ever wonder why fighting is on the rise with students these days?
Why are there so many behavior problems? It's not only fighting... there are many children who lack respect for authority, have difficulty following directions, and lack social skills.
I think it boils down to TEAM BUILDING.
In my years of teaching, all of these behaviors seem to be a part of a bigger picture. Children are fighting over the silliest things. I feel these children are not learning the problem-solving skills needed to be productive students. Students are lacking social skills simply because they haven't been taught how to handle various social situations. There will always be disagreements and conflicts within the classroom but we need to incorporate team building activities so students will feel confident and comfortable when they arise. When your students get to know you and each other in a fun and supportive environment you are able to establish a the kind of rapport that will enable you to have a trusting relationship with them throughout the year.
COLORS OF THE RAINBOW
This activity is an icebreaker for children who need to be introduced to each other. Either pass out a handful of Skittles (if allowed) Do not let them eat their skittles yet. Each color skittle must symbolize a certain aspect of their life, such as red is for things you love to do, green is for things you hate, yellow is for favorite foods, blue is for friends, etc. The students can go around the room sharing about themselves. You may want them to just share about the color that they have the most of instead or keep going until your time runs out.