Tuesday, March 26, 2013

High and Low for March


I have a little tradition in my classroom that I've been doing for years at the end of the day.  It's called "High/ Low".  It's when we reflect on our day and decide what was the best part of the day and what was the most challenging part of our day. 

I got the idea from an old romantic comedy starring Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer called The Story of Us.  It was a cute movie about a married couple with two children who were struggling with their marriage.  Every evening at dinner the family would share their high of the day and their low of the day.  That got me thinking about ending the day in the classroom the same way.

My High/ Low rules:  participation is optional.  If you choose to participate, you must state a high.  Lows are not required.  You can do 2 highs instead of a high and a low.

If you mention someone in your low, no names.  Just say "someone".  If you mention someone in your high, please mention names!

That's it!  I've been doing this every day for about 12 years at the end of the day. 

Sometimes people ask me why I let the kids focus on their low of the day... don't I want them to be positive?  Well, yes, of course I want them to be positive, but sometimes they have something that is bugging them, and it makes them feel better to get it out.  (Just like the rest of us!)  Besides, it helps me know what's going on in the classroom.

Well, I've decided to do a little High/ Low right here on my blog! And you can  join in with me, right in the comments section!  

Just answer these questions:

What was your high for the last month?

What was your low for the last month?

What are you grateful for in your life?

Here are my answers:


What was your high for the last month? My daughter was home from college for a week!

What was your low for the last month? Winter has dragged on far too long!

What are you grateful for in your life? I have a job that I love!

Your turn!



8 comments:

  1. I really like this idea, Sally!!

    What was your high for the last month?
    Starting to read "Wonder" with my class : )

    What was your low for the last month?
    My car wreck.

    What are you grateful for in your life?
    That I learned "things" aren't important.

    Hokie Teach

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  2. We do a similar activity in my class - I call it a "pow-wow" - you share your low (a pow) and a high (a wow!)
    It's a great reflective tool for my kiddos.

    My high:
    Going to South Carolina for a teaching conference

    My low:
    Stepping on my glasses - they are now slightly bent :(

    What I'm grateful for:
    renewed energy and focus from my last PD

    ~Jessica
    Joy in the Journey

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  3. High:
    Wonderful co-workers

    Low:
    Organizing my teacher evaluation evidence binder

    Grateful for:
    Long walk in the warmer weather

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  4. My high: Seeing my brother's face on a video from his last week of boot camp! I leave to see his graduation in a week!

    My low: Finding out I'm losing my job.

    What I'm grateful for: I'm grateful for TpT. I'm not having a coronary about losing my job because I know that if I don't find one, I can make it work thanks to TpT. Yes, my lifestyle will change, yes, I'll go further into debt, but I won't lost my car or my house and will be able to almost support myself.

    I love this idea Sally! Do you have every kid that wants to participate do it every day?

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  5. Sally this is a Linky party I do. The post is up for March. Please Come and link up with me :o)

    Katie Knight

    http://teachertothecore.blogspot.com/2013/03/hi-low-linky-party.html

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  6. I just linked up with Katie on her blog!
    My high this month is coming to the beach.
    My low was doing my taxes because it is literately SO boring.
    I am grateful for my family and my fabulous job :)
    Glad I found ya!
    Elizabeth
    Kickin’ it in Kindergarten

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  7. Sally, I am so glad that you linked up with me!!! I love this linky and loved reading your blog post! Thank you!!!!

    I am grateful for faith and hope...without which the "lows" would be REALLY low!

    Katie

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  8. I love this idea!!! I think I will use it next year with my kiddos.
    My high this month began a few hours ago...Spring break started!!!!
    My low this month has been dealing with a student's challenging behavior
    I am grateful for my family, a wonderful student teacher, a supportive administration team and my teaching partner..they have all kept me sane this month!!
    Tales from a 4th (and 5th) Grade Teacher

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