Here’s a meeting format to try in your classroom that is more than ‘show and tell’.
This meeting format provides ways for your students to communicate, build relationships and demonstrate leadership in a relaxed and purposeful atmosphere.
Students use their hands to make a small 'c' to show they have a Care, Concern or Celebration to share with the class, a T for Thank You time, a Q for questions they may have and M for messages to share.
Once you have established the Morning Routine nominate one or two students to take on the role of chairperson for each meeting.
Note: They need to provide appropriate responses as each person contributes.
The Morning Meeting can be held everyday or on nominated days – what ever suits your classroom routine best.
Feedback from a Year 2 students:
What’s on Today: You get to know what to expect for the day.
Cares: When you share a care it makes everyone know that you care about the world and what happens.
Concerns: It makes students feel ‘braver’ when they talk about their concerns.
Celebrations: It makes you feel proud and others get to hear about your adventures.
Thank you Time: When you give a thank you it makes the person appreciate what you feel.
Question Time: If you are not sure about something or what is going on you can ask and check.
Teachers Messages: It gives you some feedback or information you might need!
Students Messages: It's a great opportunity to remind people of things they have to bring to school and ask if anyone is interested in a game at recess. I like listening to the messages because sometimes they suit you.
Feedback from a Year 4 Teacher:
I learnt so much about my students since starting the meetings. If we don’t have time first thing in the morning due to specialists my students ask if we can have the meeting later in the day. It means that much to them.
While working in a Year 4 class introducing the Morning Meeting it was time for Cares, Concerns and Celebrations (CCC’s). A student made a small ‘c’ with their hand to indicate they had a CCC to share.
'I have a concern. Would it be ok if I talked to my teacher privately later on about what is worrying me?'
The student met later with their teacher to discuss the problem. Without the Morning Meeting providing a forum to bring a concern out in the open, the problem may not have been shared. The student showed great courage in front of their peers to state they had a problem.
Try a Morning Meeting with your students and build relationships, learn more about their lives after school, share their celebrations and be ready for appreciation via thank you time.
One More Idea:
Here’s a great way to start the day with every student. As each student comes in to the classroom in the morning they either:
1. Call out ‘good morning’ to you and you respond.
2. Put away their bag, come to find you and say good morning and you respond.
You will need to tell the students that this is expected every day. Remind them during the Morning Meeting (Teacher’s Messages Time) and thank those who did remember (Thank you Time).
Having the students say good morning to you first puts the onus on them to make an effort and be in control of the first greeting of the day. It’s such a highlight when a student bounds in and calls out good morning to you or even enters calmly and quietly and calls out the greeting, or comes over to greet you. It will give you such a lift first thing in the morning.
Your responses might include: a return greeting, a question, a compliment – it’s a great time to compliment them on something positive they have done the day before or continue to do everyday. Gives them a boost first thing in the morning.
'Gosh you make me feel great when you come over to greet me'.
'Thanks for the effort you put in yesterday during maths. I noticed how you gave your friend some tips too'.
'How’s the family?'
This idea will contribute to the relationships you build every day with your students and make you and your students feel great