Morning coffee

Students prepare (…)

Here is another example of an engaging practice that, from a professional experience, fosters students’ SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT. By school engagement we mean students’ observable participation in school activities, sense of belonging to classmates and teachers, and valuing success in school-related goals.

It is implemented by: Teacher and students

It is directed at students aged:  12-14, 15-16

Target group: Single student-centered, group-centered, class-centered

Main subjects involved: Languages, Maths, Arts, Social skills

ICT involvement:  no

Description of the practice: Students prepare morning coffee and/or tea for those class members who want it. Over coffee, we can chat about what’s going on and how things are going. This is an engaging way to start a school day.

Students who drink coffee take it in turns to bring coffee and milk to school. There’s also a roster for doing the dishes and tidying up. The students devise this roster together. The aim is to create a sense of trust with  a shared morning tea. Trust makes students more willing to take care of their responsibilities. If a classroom has a positive vibe and reception in the morning, it’s easier to go there even if you’re annoyed.

Accessible to any student: no

Meaningful participation for every student: yes

Why?: In the form of an atmosphere and participation in a common morning chat.

Support to the practice: no

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