On the first day of school each year I greet my new class of students outside before they come into the building. I say" Good morning to the best 5th grade class!" In this way I set the expectations that they will be the Best.
After we are settled in our room I tell my new darlings that the principal always gives me the best class. I am completely serious when we have this discussion. I remind the students not to brag to the other two 5th grade homerooms. We wouldn't want anyone to feel bad. The students begin to believe that they are the best class. I remind them often. When we are lining up to go to another room or lunch we remind ourselves how to act.
This has worked very well over the years. Students have moved on to the upper grades have commented on how they remember being part of the Best 5th grade class.
Give it a try this coming year with your students. You'll be glad you did.
I linked up with Miss DeCarbo at Second Grade Sugar and Spice.
I am also lined up with Freebielicious
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Enjoy the rest of your summer!