8:00 in the morning is the most important part of each and every day. Having students enter their classrooms feeling valued, welcome, and safe are pivotal for learning to occur throughout any school day.
To foster this approach, at the Georgia Elementary school, we start each day with a Morning Meeting. Morning meetings consist of greetings, individual sharing, and working collaboratively to problem solve or participate in a morning message activity. However, Georgia Elementary has created a more interactive digital approach that embeds math, science, and literacy skills and for students to take on leadership roles while reporting out to their classmates.
Some students become weather reporters where they describe the daily weather and plot it on a daily line graph. Temperature, cloud cover, rain, and wind are reported out and plotted for monthly comparisons.
Other students share the day of the Month, day of the week, and year and date of the day on a calendar. Days of school attended are counted out together as a whole class as one students takes the teacher role of leading the class.
Math is incorporated as students add a penny to each day. Numeracy skills and place value are shown as students interactively add a penny to their class piggy bank each day.
Coming to school each day is fun when you can be the teacher in some capacity. Children s roles change weekly and everyone has a responsibility each week. Students do a great job taking on this challenge and many prideful smiles are daily.
Target 2 – Leadership in a Student Centered Learning Environment FWSU will foster development of teacher & student leaders who provide innovative opportunities for local and global student-centered learning
Action Step – Provide multiple avenues for students and staff to lead, advocate, and serve within the school and community.