Chaparral Elementary Process Champions
DE LA FUENTE, VERONICA
10 Reasons to Greet Students at the Door
- Set the tone for the day. Someone will set the tone each day. Step up and ensure YOU set a positive and intentional tone for your class each day.
- Build relationships with your students. This speaks to their emotional needs, as well as yours!
- Offer praise and feedback. This need not be class related, but can be!
- Greet students who have difficulty transitioning or focusing at the door with explicit directions about what to do.
- Connect and have a one-on-one conversation with every student. Albeit brief, it’s a chance to have a one-on-one conversation with a student. (Are they tired? Sad? Distant? Happy?)
- Listen. Students have a lot to say, and we should take the time to listen to them. (You may be the one caring adult they see a day!)
- Model (and students practice) socially acceptable behaviors, like eye contact, a firm handshake, and good posture.
- Ask each student a question to formatively assess their understanding of the previous day’s lesson. In some classes, take this a step further and ask a question the students try to get right before entering class.
- Teach the students respectful behaviors. One simple rule is, “Every time I ask you a question, please answer the question and ask a question in return.” These are great professional and life skills students may not have been taught.
- Save time. Greeting students at the door allows you to cue them to something that may be different (please be sure to turn in your homework or please pick up the work you missed yesterday from the absent folder).