classroom meetings

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  1. Touchthefuture

    Touchthefuture Comrade

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    Jul 10, 2012

    I have been reading a lot about positive discipline and they emphasize classroom meetings for both building community and solving problems. Does anyone have some suggestions for this? Here is what I am looking for:

    format of meeting
    length of meeting
    how to fit it into an already jam-packed day

    The books offer some great ideas but I want reality of what others have done. Any info is better than nothing.
     
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  3. believenachild

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    I have always had team mtgs. I refer to my class as a team. I have box in my room labeled Huddle Up where students place their thoughts and concerns. We sit in a huddle at the end of each day and discuss both positive and negative aspects of our team. Our mtg. lasts about 5-10 minutes. If there isn't anything in our box, we say positive affirmations about our team. The students love being the focus and facilitators of our mtgs.
     
  4. leighbball

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    I have enjoyed having morning meetings, similar to the responsive classroom approach, in my room before. They lasted about 30 mins and include a morning message, a greeting, and either a game/activity or a sharing. The time was cut out of our schedule last year so I just did a greeting on their way into the classroom and a message everyday plus a joke of the day. I think my P is trying to give us more time first thing in the morning this year. Hopefully we'll be able to at least do a greeting and message every day.

    That being said, whenever there is something important to discuss, we always pause in our day and move to the carpet to have a class discussion. We've done it for sad news (like when my grandpa died and the kids were worried about me), discipline issues, or to congratulate each other. :)
     

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