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Old 09-05-2019, 07:03 PM
 
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Check out #classroombookaday by Jillian Fine Heisse If you just have to meet for 20 minutes rather than follow Morning Meeting routines, this might be a way to build community without feeling inauthentic.

I start the day with a picture book and ask "What was the book about? What was it really about?" That gets a quick summary and theme practice in, and then since you will likely have more time left in your 20 minutes, you can talk about the book.

We read "What Do You Do With a Problem?" today, and it sparked all kinds of growth mindset comments. The important thing is that 1) you do not tie any assignments to the book and 2) you let conversation develop naturally. Sometimes it gets deep, and other times it veers toward silly stories about pets.

It's my favorite part of the day.
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