Directions are inside the packet. I began by talking about a good teammate. "What are the qualities of a good teammate?" The group had a balloon and a marker and began to write these qualities on the balloons. We put the balloons in the trash bag and tossed it around in the air. Next, I gave each group 1 water balloon. I had them share the balloon and write qualities of a negative teammate. They put this one balloon in the bag with all of the "positive balloons." They sealed the bag and tossed it around. I'm not going to spoil the ending. You must see what happens with your own eyes when you add the water balloon to the bag.
Morale boosters need to be a number one priority. It doesn't hurt to boost morale every month. But this time of the year it is especially needed. Everyone feels the pressure. We feel the anxiety. We are pushed to our limits.
Why is this so important? We want our classrooms, school and district to be filled with happy children who love coming to school. Happy students are better learners. That's the bottomline.
The teacher's attitude toward teaching and toward his/her students play a big impact on student achievement.
The Art of Creating a Joyful School begins with a positive school culture and positive attitudes.