Since 2002, we’ve encouraged schools to participate in Mix It Up at Lunch Day, a day when students break out of their comfort zones and sit with someone new.
But not this year.
Educators tell us their schools need more help than ever affirming and supporting all students and helping everyone get along. We know that one day just isn’t enough.
We’ve laid out a blueprint that begins with the first week of school, builds toward national Mix It Up at Lunch Day on October 31 and continues with additional school climate initiatives throughout the year.
When educators lay the foundation for a positive school climate from day one, students flourish all year. Throughout this fall, Teaching Tolerance will offer quick, simple activities to build a safe and healthy school community. And, of course, we’re ready with posters, activities and suggestions to make your Mix It Up at Lunch Day the best yet!
Ready to dive in? Let’s go!
Begin the year by setting community guidelines so students will feel supported and ready to learn:
- Tape up a piece of craft paper, and label it “What I Need to Feel Safe at School.” Ask each student to contribute at least one item to the list.
- When the list is complete, transform it into an official “Collective Classroom Community Guidelines” document.
- Post the guidelines prominently, and refer to them throughout the year. Looking to take your school climate to the next level? Have your students students discuss and agree on their rights and responsibilities as members of a classroom community. Use this classroom constitution activity as a guide.
Here's to a great school year!