- Initiate a Shout-Out circle within the first week of school to set the tone for your classroom culture.
- Have EVERY student in your classroom join in a circle
- Provide accommodations for those that may not be able to physically sit on the floor, verbally communicate, or any other needs that require extra support, to ensure that EVERY student is included.
- Explain to students that they will be randomly giving “Shout-Outs” to each other while sitting in the circle.
- There should be no expectation that students raise their hand to be called out.
- Students can be allowed to randomly share “Shout-Outs” as often as they want.
- Students that do not feel comfortable should not be forced to share.
- Students can be taught to observe each other and recognize if someone is about to speak, (taking turns).
- Explain that the Shout-Out must focus on someone’s character and actions, not on how they look or external factors.
- For example:
- “I really like your shoes.” is NOT a Shout-Out.
- “You are always kind to everyone at recess.” is a Shout-Out.
- For example:
- Point out that students should try to step out of their comfort zone and give “Shout-Out’s” to students they may not know that well, to recognize that everyone is doing good and we need to recognize that.
- Shout-Out Circles typically last about 10-15 minutes.
- End the Shout-Out circle by guiding the students to reflect on how they feel after hearing everyone share good things about each other.
Teach and practice clear expectations around:
- Student engagement
Benefits of partner/group work
- Develops the community in your classroom.
- Offers opportunity for students to learn and practice social skills.
- Offers opportunity for students to learn from and teach each other.
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