Morning Meeting At School Street School
In the blink of an eye, we are in full swing at School Street School. Students and teachers are bustling around school as if they never left. Our school community is back together again; many familiar faces beside many new faces. How do we ensure our school community and culture is strong? How do we make each and every member feel safe and supported?
Each day begins with a classroom Morning Meeting. Morning Meeting is a Responsive Classroom practice that helps students build their social-emotional competencies. During this 10-20-minute activity, students gather in a circle with their teacher and participate in four key components designed to help them develop a strong sense of respect and trust, motivate them to feel significant and to collaborate, and prepare them academically and socially for the day.
The first part of the Morning Meeting is the greeting. Students and teachers greet each other by name, making eye contact and often shaking a classmate's hand. Our teachers and students at School Street School learn many different greetings throughout the year. Some include, Hello Neighbor, One-Minute Greeting, Rewind Greeting, Circle Greeting and many more.
After the greeting, students read a message from the teacher. This message usually describes what the day will look like. Oftentimes, the teacher will survey the class with a question or provide them with important classroom news. Students love to read the message to see what the day will bring.
My favorite component or part of the meeting is sharing. During sharing, students either talk about a special souvenir or story from their life. Students in the circle listen carefully and then have an opportunity to ask questions or comment. This component teaches so many valuable skills. The sharer is learning how to communicate clearly and concisely in front of an audience. He or she is also practicing the skills of summarizing and storytelling. The audience is required to listen and respond. Developing good listeners is a key skill at School Street School.
If time allows, the meeting ends with an activity. The activity is one that energizes the students or team builds.
Mrs. Alison Schessler
School Street School
730 Birch Street
Boonton NJ 07005
Phone: 973-335-9700 Option 4