An Interactive Start to Each Day at GEMS

GEMS SL58:00 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.

GEMS SL4

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.

GEMS SL6

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.

GEMS SL2

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.

GEMS SL3

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.

GEMS SL9

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.


FWSU Action Plan

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.

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