Aren’t Morning Meetings Just Like Carpet Time?
I first heard about morning meetings during one of our staff meetings last year. Our principal had suggested using this technique as part of our daily classroom routines. The first thought was that my colleagues were already meeting on the carpet with their students each day. How would this be different?
I decided to explore this topic a little further since I had been thinking about returning to the classroom. I quickly realized that this technique went far beyond the regular carpet time
I found an excellent video from Edutopia. It was first posted on August 12, 2015. The video showcased Symonds Elementary School which had adopted the Responsive Classroom model school-wide.
Throughout the video, you see how each classroom teacher organized their meetings to fit the needs of their classroom. The teachers used meaningful greetings, provided opportunities for sharing, and introduced cooperative activities to encourage teamwork. The last piece was the teacher message that explained the structure of the day. The goal of the morning meeting was to prove a safe learning environment where students felt valued and were not afraid to take risks.
If you want to learn more about morning meetings after watching this video, visit Responsive Classroom.
Have you had success with morning meetings in your classroom? Share your tips or tricks for organizing successful morning meetings!
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