Start each morning by asking every child to share one good thing using a complete sentence. The teacher who gave me this tip said at the beginning of the year children struggle with this. She’ll prompt them to think about all the things they have to be grateful for by saying, “Do you have on shoes? Well, that’s a good thing.” "Did you eat breakfast this morning? That's a good thing." She said by the end of the year they tend to go on and on so she has to limit them to ONE sentence.
Here's another positive way to start the day:
Teacher says: BOYS AND GIRLS, WHAT IS MY JOB TODAY?
Children respond: YOUR JOB IS TO TEACH US AND TO LOVE US.
Teacher says: BOYS AND GIRLS, WHAT IS YOUR JOB TODAY?
Children respond: OUR JOB IS TO LEARN AND TO LOVE EACH OTHER.