Morning Meetings: Creating a Safe Place for Learning

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Every day at Symonds Elementary starts with morning meetings. Teachers use their first 20-25 minutes of class time to check in with their students, develop their social-emotional skills, and prepare them for the learning ahead.

Developed as a part of the Responsive Classroom (RC) model, morning meetings have four key components:

-Greeting: Students and teachers greet and welcome each other.
-Sharing: Students share something about themselves or their lives, and the rest of their peers listen, then ask follow-up questions or offer comments.
-Activity: The group completes an activity that encourages teamwork while re-emphasizing social or academic skills.
-Morning message: Students read a short message from their teacher, usually describing what is to come in the day ahead.

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