Handling the Holidays: Morning Meeting Sharing
Tips on using Morning Meeting sharing to set a positive tone during the build-up to winter holidays and vacation.
Themed shares. This is a great time of year to have some themed shares. For instance, you might ask students to share their answers to questions like:
What is something you love about winter?
What is a tradition your family has this time of year?
What are some foods your family enjoys at this time of year?
(Make sure to keep sharing themes open-ended enough to include students of all cultures . . . don't focus just on Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.)
Review sharing expectations. When students are sharing about holiday events or family traditions, it's especially important that the tone of sharing stays respectful. Make sure to review the qualities of respectful questions and comments before students share on personal topics.
What are your ideas about making Morning Meeting sharing work well at this time of year?
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
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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