Such a handsome guy! Ok... on to my thoughts on morning meetings.
I did these a little bit this year, but didn't commit or make the most of them. Sometimes they would go on WAY too long, and other times there was no plan to them and thus ineffective as a morning meeting.
Yesterday I spent pretty much the WHOLE day dedicated to researching and putting together some resources I can use during morning meeting. Here's what I am planning on doing.
MORNING MEETING SCHEDULE:
2. Lightning This That (name still in the works)
3. Announcements/Compliment Box
5. Morning Message
which will all lead into:
Poem of the Week (another post coming on this soon, I'm super excited to try this out this year!!)
I'm sure you've seen the awesome Mrs. Bainbridge's morning meeting page right? Well she has some amazing cards there that have directions for all sorts of greetings. 40 I believe.
I cut them out and put them on a ring. She mentioned that she starts the year with learning how to shake hands and give eye contact. I love that. I am really big on my students giving eye contact (and let's be honest, that can be hard for adults to do too!)
LIGHTNING THIS THAT
At a character education training I went to last year, our trainer mentioned that during morning meetings she would ask students a quick question everyday. Something like "Do you prefer rain, sun, neither or both. Going around the circle students would quickly give their answer only. It takes a minute or so and is fun to do! It's interesting to see how students answer.
Now if a student didn't have an answer right away, I would skip over them. I'd always come back to them at the end after they've had some time to think.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMPLIMENT BOX
Here I figure I can go over the schedule, upcoming dates for important events, and any other changes that may be going on for that day. I was also thinking I could do my compliments here!
In my room we do a compliment box. I'm wondering if this might be a good place to put this? I love to pull at least 2 every day.
During the beginning of the year we discuss a lot of character traits, then post them on the word wall in a different color than HFW and vocab words. To alleviate the "you have pretty shoes" or "I like your hair" compliments, I model quality compliments and really praise students who use our character education words. We use sentence stems such as: "Ms. Wilkie showed integrity when she picked up trash on the floor and no one asked." or "Ms. Wilkie showed perseverance in writing when she worked the whole time." Then they put their name on it and drop it in the box. Students can make these during the Daily 5 work on writing, can do it during morning work, at the end of the day, or during any free time.
Basically it's just a Kleenex box
When we pick a compliment out of the box, I read it to the class and we all clap. Then the student who received the compliment looks the person in the eye who gave it to them and tells them thank you (in what ever language we have learned that week). That person then responds with you're welcome.
The kids love it! We do it all throughout the day. I especially love giving them out when they're in line- but only when they are quiet and showing the BEST line behavior. What a positive way to start out the day AND the rest of the day! It's especially awesome when students come whisper to me about the compliments they've made others or are going to make.
What a great time to bond and have fun! I've read about so many quick games online, and always wondered when there was time to do one. Now I have an allotted time! Again there was a ton at Mrs. Bainbridge's site.
I printed a few that I thought would work for me and put them on red cardstock. These are more silly/fun songs and team building games. Then I found some quick math and reading games/review which I put on blue and yellow cardstock. My plan is to do this:
|Thursday||Reading/Word Work (yellow)|
I feel like I need to do some more research on this. I'm thinking of writing a letter to the class each morning on something special that may be happening, or something that we're learning about. My AP suggested we take a few minutes to work on grammar skills, so I was thinking this might be a great place to address some misspelling of HFW and missing punctuation.
And during all of this thinking, making, and walking all over the house, here's my little shadow, Max, who was with me through it all.
He's such a great helper!
Oh and Denise at Yearn for Learning is having a give away for hot dots! Yeah! ANNND Teacher-iffic. And Casey at Second Grade Math Maniac!
What do y'all do for morning meetings? Do you have a favorite part of morning meeting or a favorite activity? Please share! :)Ba sically where we go over the schedule, talk about any due dates or upcoming events. Might be a place to address behavior problems that have been going on in the class as well.