Each morning before the students race through the door, I try to make my rounds to my fellow staff members to give them a hug. Mind you, I teach in a small school of 67 students with three teachers and three support staff. It doesn’t take long to do the rounds.

It is a routine that started a few years back. When new staff members have joined us, I warn them that I hug to start the day.  I even had one tell me she is not much of a hugger so her hug is more of a side hug rather than a full bear hug.

I am not sure what it is about the physical connection of a hug to make you feel better and get you ready to face the day of 20 students looking for your attention.

It is been stated we need 4 hugs a day for survival, 8 hugs for maintenance and 12 hugs a day for growth. Who will you hug today?

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3rd/4th grade Multiage Educator

One thought on “Hugs”

  1. I had to laugh when I read your post, as I am definitely NOT a hugger. How wonderful that you have such a warm school community. I really like how you ended your slice with some statistics and a question. To answer that question, I haven’t given a hug, but I returned a great hug from a previous student today :). (As I write that, I realize I do enjoy exchanging hugs with kids, but not so much with adults outside my family. )

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