Class meetings in upper elementary?

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  1. nstructor

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    If you have these meetings, how often do you have them, how are they formatted, and how long do they last?
     
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  3. Elocin

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    Do you mean like a morning meeting? When I taught 8th grade we did it for 12-15 minutes every day.

    Generally it was:

    Greeting (I would do a different one every day--handshake (a true one--firm grip and eye contact!), ball toss, hand signal.

    Morning Message: This is where I generally would outline the chnages to the schedule and any announcements (Picture Day tomorrow, signed progress reports due, etc). Sometimes I would throw in grammar mistakes and have the kids fix them.

    Share: I would switch this up. I would ask a question in my message, bring up a current event, ask a kid to ask a question, or just ask generally if anyone had anything they wanted to share. I would limit it to 2 sentences/per kid because otherwise they would tell looooong stories.

    Game: We didn't always get to this if share took a long time but played Follow the Leader, Charades, Hot Potato, and some other ice breaker type games.

    Closing: A quick pep talk and a reminder to have a great day.

    I would count them in and out of the circle. ("Morning Meeting in 5, Morning Meeting in 4" and then "Back to your seats in 5,....)

    I really looked forward to it every day--and I worked in a pretty tough school. I thought my 8th grader would think it was dumb but they really enjoyed--even the silly games and shares. It takes a LOT of practice and routines to get it down though and set meeting guidelines.

    Hope that helps!
     
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    This does help. We're starting an anti-bullying program and are required to have "morning meetings." Did you students all sit in a circle or stand?
     
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    I had them bring their chairs to circle. We practiced how they would move them and make room in the circle.
     
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    :thumb:
    Also, it is worth figuring out some way (sitting in chairs, on the floor, etc) to get the kids in a circle... not always easy in a small classroom.
     
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    Would the meetings still be able to be beneficial without having to get in a circle? My room is very awkwardly shaped and small.
     
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    I love this thread, because I've been trying to figure out how to implement morning meeting with my 5th graders. Please keep the ideas coming. :)
     
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    MORNING MEETING WORKS FOR ALL GRADES.

    And should be mandatory. Kids don't stop needing social/emotional learning just because they hit the upper grades!

    Our 7th grade math teacher put a carpet in her room for small group instruction and meeting time...she is getting so much flack for it! NEWSFLASH: Kids don't want to sit in their desks for 7 hours.
     
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    I don't want to sit for 7 hours. I don't know why anyone thinks a kid should do it.
     
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    I have the same question. I do have a carpet area - rare in 5th, but totally normal at my school (which I love) - but I can't imagine all 28 of my big kids plus me fitting in a circle around it....should I have them make their chairs into a circle around the desks...?
     
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    Lucky you! I wish I had a carpet. Maybe you could try getting everyone together there one time during the first week, just to see how they fit?
     
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    Oh they'll fit - that's how we do some mini lessons and all read alouds. It's the circle part I don't think will work. But I'm definitely going to try!!
     
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    I had long conference-like tables so my classroom set up wasn't ideal for circle either. We just sort of gathered our chairs around the tables--sometimes it was an oval or an egg but we managed!!
     
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    Can these be conducted in a regular seated classroom without the circle?
     

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