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Old 09-22-2019, 08:06 PM
 
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when I taught fourth grade in a rough neighborhood many years ago we used to have "Family Time" once a week. We had a little snack and sat in a circle. The kids would share a good thing they saw someone do or thanked someone for something. No backhanded compliments were allowed. Most of the time it was just things like, "Thank you, Lisa, for loaning me a pencil". But every year we would have someone start opening up and we'd start getting really authentic, meaningful conversations.

I left that school district years ago but a good friend of mine stayed and recently told me that she'd been using Family Time group discussions with her sixth graders all these years. She really thinks it helps drive home all of the lecturing that we adults give to students. When they hear true appreciation from fellow classmates, it suddenly makes it real.
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