What is #SIG72?
The foundation for success in every great classroom is built upon strong relationships. Forming strong, caring relationships with and between students is a teacher's number one priority!
#SIG72 To Start the Year
The first three days of school (72 hours) are a crucial period in the development of student to teacher & student to student relationships. Since relationship building is a teacher's number one responsibility, all instructional time during the opening 3 days should be spent on accomplishing the following:
#SIG72 Every Day
Can you take the idea further? How many times do you partner students up in the classroom for cooperative learning activities or sharing? What if you spent 72 seconds (36 seconds each) on brief "get to know you" questions to break the ice?
#SIG72 After Extended Breaks
A lot happens in a child's life over a three day weekend and during extended time off from school like Thanksgiving break, winter break or spring break. Don't forget to start school back up with Significant 72 activities to reunite students and get them excited to be back working with their teacher and friends.
#SIG72 Throughout the Year
Getting to know students is not something that can be accomplished in just three days- we all grow and change. Therefore, we suggest setting aside 72 minutes a month for additional activities to accomplish our goal of "forming strong, caring relationships with and between students"
Every student has a S.T.O.R.Y.- do you know it?
#SIG72 Activities for the Classroom
"WE" activities not only help teachers get to know more about individual students in the classroom, they help students learn about one another or in small groups within the classroom. "WE" movements are particularly useful in helping students get to know one another more deeply and in more personal ways.
"WE" moments should be built into every class period, whether at the start as a bell-ringer, during as a break to develop common ground before answering a question, or at the end as part of a wrap-up or closing.
"WE" movements are particularly helpful in developing empathy and igniting compassion amongst students.
"US" activities help teachers learn how students interact as a group and allow individual students an opportunity to learn about their classmates through fun, non-threatening activities. These are whole group, team builders, designed to help teachers see how students work together as a larger unit and team."US" activities often enable teachers to see students using strengths sometimes not typically notice during typical classroom instruction.
"US" moments should occur anywhere from two-three times a week in an elementary classroom to weekly at the high school level.
Not only do "US" activities foster a sense of community amongst students, they quickly create an atmosphere in which students feel it is ok to take chances and make mistakes in front of peers.
These work great with a partner or in small groups.