Thursday, August 27, 2015

Responsive Classroom Morning Meetings

Responsive Classroom 

Fayston School is a Responsive Classroom School.  Responsive Classroom is a research-based approach to education that is associated with greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and improved school climate. One element of RC that I would like to share with you is Morning Meeting.

What Is Morning Meeting?  

Responsive Classroom Morning Meeting is an engaging way to start each day, build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success socially and academically. Each morning, students and teachers gather together in a circle for twenty minutes and interact with one another during four purposeful components:

1. Greeting Students and teachers greet one another by name and practice offering hospitality.

2. Sharing Students share information about important events in their lives. Listeners often offer empathetic comments or ask clarifying questions.

3. Group Activity Everyone participates in a brief, lively activity that fosters group cohesion and helps students practice social and academic skills (for example, reciting a poem, dancing, singing, or playing a game that reinforces social or academic skills).

4. Morning Message Students read and interact with a short message written by their teacher. The message is crafted to help students focus on the work they'll do in school that day.

Please join us during our daily morning meetings.  Most meetings start at 7:40, however check in with your child’s classroom teacher to confirm.  Having your child arrive on time to school ensures that they will be able to participate in Morning Meeting which is an important part of their school day!

In addition, twice a month on Wednesday mornings we will have a whole school morning meeting from 7:40-8:00 to discuss whole school topics and to build community.  Parents are welcome to join us! You will find whole school meetings dates by checking out our school calendar on our website.  Feel free to add our calendar to yours.

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