Starting your day off with a positive tone is so important in a classroom. Some of your students may not have that at home, so it is nice if you can provide that. Last year, I began each day with a morning meeting and it was a great start to our day. I found that our class was more connected with each other.
Before I started morning meeting, I read the book The Morning Meeting Book and it was great!
I went in with the mindset that I would stick with it no matter what. And I will be honest, there were times when I wanted to throw morning meetings out the door. I either wasn’t in the mood or I wanted to get started with my day. But, I held strong and stuck with it. I truly feel it helped my class so much. I had some big challenges in my class, but setting the positive tone really helped.
If you are not familiar with morning meetings, there are four main components- greeting, share, group activity and morning message.
I made this little poster to remind me of the order. My students were great, they were quick to remind me if I went out of order, ha! You can grab this freebie below.
Besides positive start to the day, the other thing I love about morning meetings was the practice of social skills. When we greeted each other, we practice eye contact. We practiced sharing in a complete sentence. And we practiced active listening.
Sometimes we do a group activity that partners are needed, so I made up some partner cards. These were a big hit. They had to find their “match” to complete the group activity. I changed them up throughout the year to incorporate some standards we were working on.
Do you do morning meetings in your classroom? What are some of your favorite activities?