“Responsive Advisory Meeting is a key Responsive Classroom middle school practice. It has a set, predictable structure in which each meeting is organized around four components:

Arrival welcome—The advisor welcomes each student by name as they enter the classroom.

Announcements—In advance, the advisor writes an interactive message and displays it where it can be easily seen and read by all students.

Acknowledgments—In pairs or small groups, students share their responses to a prompt in the announcements message, a piece of news about themselves, or ideas about a topic related to their studies or interests.

Activity—The whole group does a fun, lively activity that’s focused on the specific purpose of the meeting.

Responsive Advisory Meeting offers a solid framework for building meaningful connections and developing respectful and trusting relationships, while meeting students’ developmental needs to belong, feel significant, and have fun.”

–from The Responsive Advisory Meeting Book


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