What Is Morning Meeting?

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Responsive Classroom Morning Meeting is an engaging way to start each day, build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success socially and academically. Each morning, students and teachers gather together in a circle for twenty to thirty minutes and interact with one another during four purposeful components:

  1. Greeting Students and teachers greet one other by name and practice offering hospitality.
  2. Sharing Students share information about important events in their lives. Listeners often offer empathetic comments or ask clarifying questions.
  3. Group Activity Everyone participates in a brief, lively activity that fosters group cohesion and helps students practice social and academic skills (for example, reciting a poem, dancing, singing, or playing a game that reinforces social or academic skills).
  4. Morning Message Students read and interact with a short message written by their teacher. The message is crafted to help students focus on the work they'll do in school that day.

File 2416The Morning Meeting Book
by Roxann Kriete and Carol Davis

The essential guide. This comprehensive guidebook has helped hundreds of thousands of teachers use Morning Meeting to launch their school days. Clear explanations of each component and its purpose, with sample greetings, activities, and message charts. Includes step-by-step guidelines for implementing Morning Meeting in any K–8 classroom.

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