What I say: It's truly amazing the amount of comraderie I see occurring between all of you. It has been a pleasure to get to you know you, but most especially to see your comfort level being yourself increase as the weeks have passed. But I would like to ensure that we individually and collectively move forward through the rest of the semester emphasizing, positivity, engagement, and success.
Start with moving the tables apart and everyone being in a common area with no desks. Break into small groups first with prompts for the students to work on together. Let's do smaller groups (bring gum); groups of 3. While students are discussing their responses, I will draw a mind-map on the board for the students to fill in.
Create a mind-map in class demonstrating our understanding of R-E-S-P-E-C-T. At the end, we'll view this as our class contract and abide by it moving forward.
[8 min breakaway] [12 min class discussion]