In my previous blog post, I wrote about my desire to revamp my Morning Meeting routine so that it was more engaging and encouraged more participation among my third grade students. I love Morning Meeting and didn't want to make any big changes to the activities themselves, but I did want to figure out a way to use the technology we are so lucky to have to enrich our daily discussions.
What I decided to do (first trial here) is create a Nearpod that contains all of my already-made Morning Meeting presentation slides but with technological participation opportunities embedded into it. I have a feeling it may take up more time than I have allotted for the period, but I'm going to give it a try and make changes from there.
Here are the additions I have made:
1. For both the Self-Reflection and Sharing activities, students will now use Nearpod multiple choice quizzes to select their responses from a list of options. When the "quizzes" are done, students will take turns asking each other questions about their responses to practice Speaking and Active Listening skills we have learned, and then do a self-reflection survey using a Nearpod Poll to evaluate how they think they did today.
2. For the Gratitude Circle activity, students will use Padlet to post what they are grateful for, and they will be able to comment on each others' posts as well. I am planning on having students choose either their own or classmates' responses to read aloud if they would like to share verbally, too.
I am planning on having students read the Poem of the Week aloud chorally as we usually do, but am considering having them do the practice reads later in the week by turning to a neighbor or finding a friend to read to...this idea isn't fully formed yet so I need to think about it some more.
I also need to think more about how to engage students during the Focus Topic portion, which is really the most important part of the Morning Meeting.
I will think about it and return later! :)