Handling the Holidays: Morning Meeting Greeting
Tips on using the greeting component of Morning Meeting to set a positive tone during the build-up to winter holidays and vacation.
Observe your students as they enter the room before settling on a greeting.
Are they bouncing and skipping through the room, wrestling and using loud voices? If so, perhaps a calm greeting (like a straightforward "hello" passed around the circle) is best. Are students entering in a bad mood, snipping and sniping at each other? If so, consider a quick greeting that might lighten the mood and won't put anyone "on the spot," like a one-minute greeting, perhaps in a different language.
Remember the goals of belonging and significance.
When in doubt, make your greetings less about having fun and more about having everyone greeted in a friendly and respectful way. A goofy greeting that gets the class wound-up might be hard to recover from. Instead of trying to make the greeting fun, make sure it's sincere!
On the other hand, perhaps your class could use some levity to help lighten a mood or get some extra energy flowing when everyone is tired. In this case, consider greeting each other with "Happy Holidays!" or "Good health and good cheer!" Consider the backgrounds of your students as you plan greetings to make sure everyone feels included in any holiday-themed greetings you choose.
Read more in this series on how to use Morning Meeting to set a positive tone during the build-up to winter holidays and school vacation. I'll write about the four components of Morning Meeting in order: Greeting, Sharing, Group Activity, and Morning Message.
The Morning Meeting Book, by Roxann Kriete and Carol Davis
This bestselling, comprehensive guide has helped thousands of teachers learn to 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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