Monday, August 20, 2007

So Much For Trying to Make A Connection

This school year I wanted to start the year out right. When I opened the door in the morning to let the kids in, I shook everyone's hands. When the kids went home, I had them shake my hands as well. I really liked the tone that it set. The kids knew that I respected them and they were learning a new way to show respect for me and other adults. The eye and hand contact were so important.

Well, that is over now. I am now trying to recover from a nasty virus. I have been sick since Wednesday. My attempt at connecting with my students drove me straight to getting sick despite my efforts to wash my hands after every hand shaking event.

I will have to think of something just as good but with no body contact!


Anonymous said...

How about "hello" in a different language each day? Look at your flickr account for ideas. Example, "Yasou (Greek), Jorge", and he'd reply, "Yasou, Ms. V." Post the ways to say hello on your board. Margie

MsAbcMom said...

There you go! That sounds contact free!

cindylu said...

Oh no! I hope you feel better.

La Brown Girl said...

I shake my kids' hands everyday, every period. I've been really lucky not to get sick.

Glad you're feeling better.

Julissa said...

LOL, you got the cooties now? Hope you feel better ma'am.

Dree said...

I LOVE the language idea! I might do that in my room. I have a great book called "Hello World," by Manya Stojic. It has the word "hello" in 42 languages, with beautiful illustrations. I think I got it from Scholastic, but I'm sure you could find it online.