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Morning Circle Time

Morning Circle Time
Throughout the district, classrooms are engaging in “morning circle time” as part of the Responsive Classroom professional training. “Kids love it so much, they don’t want to miss it,” shared West Side principal, Ms. Alison Hazut. It’s a time to greet each other, set goals for the day, and to help start the day. At Goosehill, Ms. Comerford’s class stands in a circle and chooses how they would like to greet each other hello in a different language, where nǐ hǎo, ciao, salut, hola, and more are now part of their morning vocabulary. They dance to the banana song to shake out some energy, and share special moments with each other while listening carefully to their friends and classmates’ responses. In Ms. Andreacchi’s class, her students can’t wait for their favorite responsive classroom game called Woosha! Students stand in the circle and guess which name might be called out to make a “pose,” such as a crane figure. If you guess wrong, you sit down, and eventually the winner remains standing. Ms. Andreacchi said, “It’s a great way to transition between activities, and to get the wiggles out!” Both Ms. Andreacchi and Ms. Comerford are new first grade teachers this year, along with Ms. Sloan. Welcome to the Goosehill family!
Responsive Classroom training consists of evidence-based practices and fosters a safe and healthy learning environment by meeting the SEL needs of students. The work entails the development of Cooperation, Assertiveness, Responsibility, Empathy and Self-Control. Some examples of regular RC practices are: chiming a bell to signal attention, daily written notes as morning messages to students, morning circle greeting time together, and interactive modeling to establish clear expectations for behavior.