May 11, 2005
After being continually frustrated when my second graders didn't have sharpened pencils ready when needed, I started a morning check-in. After the children get their coats off and order their lunches, they come to see me. They need to bring two sharpened pencils and their selection of books for independent reading time. I check them off an alphabetized list. I note on the list those who need reminders to put on their glasses or show me their often-forgotten home folder. Besides ending the frustration of unprepared students, this check-in also gives me a chance to greet each child as an individual and make him/her feel welcomed and ready to begin the day.