Morning Message - How-to Guide for Teachers

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How can 10 minutes per day change writing instruction in your classroom forever? It's about doing it right and making it work.

As teachers, we must use every minute of our day to our advantage. There are many, many things to do in one day and this list continues to grow all the time. We must ensure that not a single valuable minute is wasted! To utilize our time and best instruct our kids, research shows that teaching reading and writing together (along with word study) is how most students learn best. Adding a 10 minute morning message to your daily opening is an easy way to add one more layer of instruction to help increase your student’s understanding of the reading and writing process.

Many classroom teachers begin their day with a morning meeting or opening session. Incorporating a morning message into your opening session will provide opportunities to:

Top 10 Reasons for this Guide (and using Morning Message)
1. Teach reading, writing, and word study together embedded in an authentic manner
2. Student observation of the reading and writing process by a more capable other (teacher)
3. Embed word study (phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary) into authentic reading and writing
4. Put new learning into practice
5. Model several different genres of writing
6. Plant seeds for new learning that will take place later that day or week
7. Provide authentic extension activities
8. Set the mood for the day
9. Review of daily schedule
10. Encourage children to live readerly and writerly lives

This guide is to help you understand HOW to use Morning Message to improve writing instruction in your classroom. It may not be what you think it is or what it used to be! Once you understand the rationale behind using morning message in this new way, you will realize the possibilities for it are endless! You do not need to pay big bucks for someone else’s morning messages. Your students do not want to hear from other people. They want to hear from you! They also need to see you fully engaged in the writing process and the challenges that you encounter along the way. They need to see and hear how YOU deal with writing a message and the problem-solving that must take place. I truly believe that nothing can replace or replicate a highly-skilled teacher. There isn’t a program out there that can do this teaching better than you can. Here’s the tool to help you become that teacher that every child deserves!

Included in This Guide:
Building Theory – The Writing Process: Page 4
Do This, Not That: Page 6
Top 10 Reasons for Morning Message: Page 9
Getting Started: Page 12
Gradual Release Model: Page 14
Morning Message Extensions: Page 16
Sample Lessons and Possible Extensions: Page 18
Planning for Morning Message: Page 33
Teacher Resources: Page 35
Exciting News! Page 45

Please contact me with questions you have about this guide. I want it to be exactly what you are looking for!

Happy Teaching!

Jessica Pelka
Roots and Wings
jjpelka@gmail.com


"Teaching" writing is much different than "assigning" writing!
In order to help teachers the best that I know how, I have put together several how-to guides for implementing a writer’s workshop approach to teaching writing for 1st and 2nd grade teachers and their students. Check these units out here:
1st Grade Teachers - Click here!
2nd Grade Teachers - Click here!
I have been very lucky to train with and be coached by some of the greatest minds in education today. This is my way of helping teachers across the world and all of those little writers that are just waiting for you!
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Morning Message - How-to Guide for Teachers
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Morning Message - How-to Guide for Teachers
Morning Message - How-to Guide for Teachers