Building Community in Morning Meetings

Elementary classrooms in FWSU start the day with Morning Meeting. This daily routine from Responsive Classroom (RC) is an opportunity where students explore and practice social skills and model how social, emotional, and intellectual learning come together in school.  Morning Meeting is designed to give every child a sense of  belonging and helps a child develop listening, expressive and cooperative skills. Most of all, Morning Meeting is designed to be FUN – a great way to start the school day!

Teachers in FWSU generally participate in Responsive Classroom training during their first or second year in the district as part of their mentoring program. Responsive Classroom is a research-based approach to teaching children social skills and establishing a culture of caring within a classroom and a school.

“Good morning!”

Morning Meeting typically has four components: Greeting, Sharing, Group Activity, and News and Announcements. Our goal is to help create a positive sense of community in the classroom.   We recognize the need to systematically teach the skills of friendliness, listening, participation and including others.  The meeting also serves to model dialogue among even the youngest children.

Laughter and silly songs often accompany Morning Meeting even in classrooms with older students. This gathering time each morning gives students a chance to model and practice social skills with the help of entertaining greetings and songs that become familiar rituals within the groups. Some days morning meetings feel like a gathering of kids around a campfire at summer camp – a time when you hold your breath and wish for the magic to never end.

”Morning Meeting is a microcosm of the way we wish our schools to be- communities full of learning, safe and respectful and challenging for all.”  

Rosann Kriete, The Morning Meeting Book

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