Hello! What it says on the tin really... in your classroom how do you start your day? My teacher (I’m training!) always starts with morning work or silent reading but I personally don’t think this is great for the pupils we have. We’re in quite a deprived area and a lot of kids come in stressed/hungry/being shouted at/after caring for younger siblings (and I’m in a mixed year 1/2 class!) and I feel like they need more time to transition in calmly to start the day. For five and six year olds coming in like this and straight away having to read instructions from the board, get their things together, negotiate around other arriving children... it seems like a lot to do. I mean I always go to get a coffee and take a minute before I start preparing once I get into school but we don’t give the kids this luxury. My teacher is great but he’s quite “my way or the highway” so I’m not sure how to discuss this with him. Maybe when I start to take the class more and more it can be something I implement? I was thinking about an ongoing mindfulness activity on the carpet which kids can join as they arrive (something like quiet calm music playing, sit on the carpet and listen with your eyes closed, hands still, deep breaths) to give them a moment away from whatever else has happened already. What morning routines work for you?