The morning meeting is a classroom staple. It’s a must-do. Non-negotiable. Morning meeting is the foundation of the classroom community. Our classroom family/community is built in our morning meeting. And that is going to be no different with virtual learning or socially distant in-person learning. WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO MORNING MEETINGS BUT THEY WILL LOOK DIFFERENT!
NOTE ABOUT SEATING: WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED GUIDANCE ABOUT CLASSROOM FURNITURE/SEATING. ONCE THE DISTRICT PROVIDES OFFICIAL GUIDANCE I WILL KNOW ABOUT DESKS OR FLEXIBLE SEATING.
My Plan For Virtual Morning Meeting
Our district is going 100% virtual for the first month of school. We will have a virtual morning meeting using Microsoft TEAMS every day.
This is my plan for my class during virtual learning (and is subject to change and adapt):
- Greeting-we will use the suggested greetings in this post and included in our Morning Meeting Greeting creation.
- Sharing-students will have opportunities to share and ask questions just like an in-person meeting.
- Message-our morning message will be written on chart paper and we will read it and fill it in as a whole group. The interactive writing will be things that we can easily do as a whole group such as word webs, sounds, etc.
- Activity-we are going to play this one by ear and see how the meeting goes and will work to include some activities.
Morning Meeting Virtual Greeting Suggestions
Any greeting that is a whole group chant/cheer will work great if you’re doing a virtual morning meeting. The teacher can lead the cheer chant, and students can follow along. Just like with an in-person morning meeting.
Here are suggested greetings for virtual morning meetings:
- Great Day Greeting
- We Are Here Greeting
- 2468 Greeting
- French Fries Greeting
- Say Your Name Greeting
- Monster Greeting
- Hit The Floor Greeting
Social Distancing Morning Meeting
Here are my thoughts/ideas for in-person morning meetings adhering to social distance guidelines:
- Students will remain at their desks or in their assigned space whatever that might be.
- Use socially distant greetings with everyone staying at their seats (or in their assigned space whatever that might be) but participating in the greetings. We offer 7 socially distant greetings in our Morning Meeting Greeting resource.
- The morning message will be done on chart paper. Students will read it as a group and we will fill in the pieces as a group.
- Interactive writing will be done with students remaining in their seats (or in their assigned space whatever that might be) and volunteering to share an answer (1 student at a time). I will do the writing.
- Activity-We will use activities that can be done at their seats (or in their assigned space whatever that might be) such as I Have Who Has, Number Game,
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You can read about each component of morning meeting by visiting these blog posts: