Every morning, I will gather with students at the carpet to start the day. Students will talk about what is going in in their lives, engage in an activity together, and read our morning message.
I love the idea of havign students write compliments to their classmates. This has the pontential of being a really strong relationship-building tool for my classroom.
I want to start the year by making a collaborative painting with my students. I will post it in our classroom as a symbol of our tight-knit classroom community.
This website has some ideas of games and activities for team building in the classroom.