Saturday, October 11, 2014

Morning Meeting

I am a firm believer in the Responsive Classroom philosophy! As stated on the Responsive Classroom homepage:

"Responsive Classroom is a research- and evidence-based approach to education 
that is associated with greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and 
improved school climate. It has been recognized by the Collaborative for Academic, 
Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as one of the most well-designed, 
evidence-based social and emotional learning programs."

In my opinion, one of the greatest steps you can take as a teacher to create a positive learning community is have a daily morning meeting.  Morning meeting only takes about 15 to 20 minutes in the morning and is well worth it!  This is the point of the day where students feel welcomed, understood, cared for, and a part of the class.  In order to make every child feel welcomed, we start off greeting each other in a circle (whether it be a simple handshake, or something more creative like a chant).  To make every child feel cared for and understood I have three kids share a day.  They can share anything that is happening in their life and then choose three classmates to ask questions or comments.  Next, to make every child feel a part of the class we do an activity...this is a favorite of many!  An activity may be twenty questions, silent ball, or any game to get all the children working together and having FUN!  Lastly, to focus on our day we end with a morning message.  The morning message allows students to understand the day's schedule, review social expectations, review academic skills, etc.  I highly encourage you to YouTube a morning meeting to get a sense of the positive environment it creates immediately every morning!

Here are some videos from the Responsive Classroom YouTube channel:
Morning Message

If you fall in love with morning meeting and see all of the benefits, I have created morning meeting greetings flip books (click here) and activity flip books (click here).  Students, teachers, and subs can quickly and seamlessly pick out an activity/greeting with directions keeping the morning meeting positive and interactive.

Enjoy! :)

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