Morning Meeting is something really important in my classroom. It is a set-aside time when my students are able to reflect on behavioral goals, discuss social-emotional topics, and learn strategies for coping with situations or behaviors that they may experience in our classroom and school. Brief academic topics are also practiced. When I taught fifth grade, Morning Meeting flowed very smoothly, with students leading it and remaining engaged. Since switching to third grade, I've had to make some changes to accommodate the younger group.
In our Morning Meeting, the format is as follows:
I am currently in the process of trying to revamp my Morning Meeting time so that I can ensure that more students are mentally engaged in the process, especially since such important Focus Topics are covered. As it stands, technology is only used on the teacher end for display purposes on the interactive whiteboard. Kids take turns participating and for most of the academic pieces, students are called on strictly on a volunteer basis.
I would like to incorporate technology into the Morning Meeting time in hopes of engaging students who are either too shy to volunteer to the big group or who--let's be honest--have tuned out what is going on around them. I am thinking about using some kind of backchannel to engage these students so that their voices are heard and they can take ownership in these important lessons we are covering. We are a 1:1 iPad district so this option would be viable.
Some of my thoughts/concerns:
This week, I will be looking into how I may be able to make some small changes to Morning Meeting using Google Forms, Nearpod, Padlet, and other options. More to come!