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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