I remember how good it felt when I was acknowledged as I walked into the room. It put me at ease that she was aware I was there, that I existed, that I mattered...
As children begin their back to school journeys and transition to new classrooms, excitement, anxiety, and a strange mixture of assorted emotions begin to surface in children, parents, and teachers embarking on a new year. From the wee infant, all the way to the college goer, our children are looking for acceptance in new environments.
"Hello," opens doors to conversations.
"Hello," calms nerves.
"Hello," introduces new friends.
"Hello," creates a feeling of being part of the group.
"Hello," is powerful because feeling welcomed allows for more engaged learning.
On the first day of school don't forget to make an impact on a child, or adult, that can set the tone for the day, and don't forget to teach children how they can make an impact too...it starts with a simple "hello."