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Morning Meeting Components

Responsive Classroom Morning Meetings are daily gatherings that usually take place at the beginning of the day. Teachers and students gather in a circle for a twenty or thirty-minute meeting with these four components:

  • Greeting: Students and teachers greet one other by name.

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

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

  • Morning Message: Students read 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.