Meet the new addition to our classroom family, Baby Grizzly!
Baby Grizzly is our “speaker” bear; if a student is the speaker, they get to hold the bear.
Today, our class had an amazing moment with our new family member.
First, a quick backstory. At our school, we have a universal clap that goes like this:
Clap, Clap, Clap Clap Clap
The teacher claps, then the students clap back. Our class have some difficulty clapping back as a whole class. We have the same students who consistently clap, but some of our kiddos do not consistently respond to the clapping signal.
Today was different.
The difference? Baby grizzly silently clapped with his little stuffed paws and…
Every. Student. Clapped.
Yes, every student in the class clapped back unprompted — loudly and in sync! My co-teacher and I looked at each other, surprised, but amazed at our students! 🙂 We tried it again with baby grizzly and they clapped again, loudly and in sync.
If we only knew that a stuffed animal could have such an influence on our clapping signal. Hoping for this success again tomorrow. Crossing my fingers!
Welcome to the family, Baby Grizzly! 🙂