Appreciate, Apology, Aha

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This routine helps students nurture their classroom community by sharing appreciation for their peers, apologies when they may have hurt others’ feelings, and “aha” moments they experienced in understanding themselves, the class, or the world.1

Face-to-Face Learning

Sit in a circle, if possible to do so in accordance with social-distancing guidelines, and give students a minute to reflect on the day’s lesson. Ask students to prepare to share an appreciation, an apology, or an aha moment. Model by starting with your reflection first, and then use the Wraparound strategy so each student has an opportunity to share.

Remote Learning

Ask students to reflect on the lesson and prepare to share an appreciation, an apology, or an aha moment. Debrief by calling on each student to unmute and share their reflection. Alternatively, students can respond in the chat or on an “Appreciation, Apology, Aha” Padlet or Flipgrid. Regardless of the format, it is important that you start by modeling with your own response first.

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