By Mollie Mansfield
Adorable footage has emerged showing a doting teacher’s morning routine with her students – allowing them to choose between different greetings.
After researching ways to make her student’s mornings more enjoyable Amy Cleaver, 26, decided to introduce a way in which the children could get a slice of interaction in with their teacher every day.
The concept involves a wall poster, which allows the children to choose between either a hug, fist-bump, high-five or wave in the morning – depending on what they want to receive from their teacher.
The Year One Teacher at St Silas Primary School, believes that the adorable routine allows her to have a better, more open relationship with her students
Amy, from Toxteth, Liverpool, said: “We have seen it done before, and it looked a lot of fun, so we thought we’d give it a go!
“Every morning on their way into class, and every afternoon after lunch, the children get to press the button on the wall to determine if they want me to give them a hug, high-five, fist bump or a wave.
“It’s a good way for them to show me how they are feeling in the morning and it’s nice for them to have that little bit of time with me in the morning.
“Most children don’t know that they can have this level of a relationship with their teacher, so it’s a great way to break down the teacher – student barrier.
“I’ve definitely noticed that since this has happened, the pupils are better at opening up and even come up to me throughout the day for a hug or a bit of added interaction.”
Despite initiating the project in the school, Amy reveals that the classes all the way up to Year Six have now introduced the welcome routine into their days.
She said: “As soon as the other teachers saw how well it was doing and the benefits that the children felt, they decided to implement it into their mornings.
“Since starting the project I have had children telling me how much they love it – and even their parents!
“Parents come into the school and give me a hug and thank me for how this has helped their children and they’re always sharing my technique with others.
“It’s definitely something that I will take with me wherever I work and will bring into any class that I teach to help the children open up and feel welcome.”
Although Amy is the regular ‘greeter’ in the morning, she explains that the children are allowed to take it in turns to greet their fellow pupils in the afternoon.
She said: “Every morning it is always me who is the greeter, as I welcome the children into the class for the day.
“But after lunch we allow another child to be the greeter to the others – this tends to be someone who we feel could use a little more interaction or is really keen to do it
“It only takes an extra ten minutes over the coarse of the day to allow the children to have a bit more quality time with both myself and each other.
“It’s definitely one of the most beneficial methods I have brought into the classroom – and it’s not going away any time soon!”