If you are like me at all, you might be thinking about August already. Isn’t it fun to have new, fresh faces coming to us, to join together in a brand new school year?! After many, many years of seeing those new groups coming, I can tell you that the one thing that brought us together quickly and proved over and over to be the heart of our classroom was one small thing: the morning meeting.
The Morning Meeting
There are so many ways to do this! Some key things to remember will get you started with your own version of a morning meeting time.
After the greeting and opening message, I would move on to a sharing from myself. A magazine photo, a picture book, a cartoon, something I learned the day before–anything to share. My students especially loved to hear stories about my two children or my cats. This goes back to something I already said: It’s about community and letting students see a personal side of yourself. This was a big part of our morning meeting.
Next, it’s talk time for the students. We called it Share Time. Share Time is crucial for your morning meeting! In my classroom four to five students would share each day. There were some rules about sharing. It was optional. It could be a story or something brought in for us to see. A reasonable amount of time was given to each student. From the very beginning, you must establish some audience guidelines, as well. Attentiveness is required, comments or questions can be spoken. I rarely had to enforce these rules after we got going with our morning meetings. Lead by example! I always made eye contact with students that shared. I asked thoughtful questions and showed a genuine interest. I listened!