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Old 06-15-2009, 06:43 PM
 
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Hi!
I'm new to this board, but I've implemented "my own version of MM"" in my room the past two years. I love MM and really feel that it has helped tremendously in building a community of learners. I would like to take my MM one step further next year. Please help me with some suggestions.

I have the MM book and skimmed it. I've implemented some of the book, especially LOVE the morning greetings. If I could implement ONE OTHER component of MM, what would you all suggest? I dont have a lot of time for MM (maybe 15 minutes tops) and really just wanted to add one more thing. This is what I do so far:

1. Teacher signal/morning songs by Dr. Jean (everyone gathers to carpet for MM and sings)
2. Attendance
3. News for the day/go over daily agenda on the board
4. Morning Greetings - 1 greeing per day
5. ??????? What do you think I should add here?

Thank you for your suggestions.



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If you read the Morning Meeting book, you'll see that doing all four components and doing them in order are crucial. As you know, the components are: Greeting, Activity, Share and Announcements. If time is an issue, you can also do the Share in the afternoon, although having the Announcements right after the Share will transition the kids much easier. If time is still an issue, pick a Greeting and an Activity that is really short on most days. I had morning specialists two years ago, and skipped the Activity. I've learned not to do that again...
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Why was it such a big problem to skip the activity? I have a problem getting it all done because of time restraints as well - why do you feel that everything is important in that order?
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IS the community building part. It isn't intended to be "just fun" although the activities often are fun! The goal is to WORK TOGETHER to accomplish something as a GROUP (learning a song, solving a problem, finding and reporting information, beating a time frame, having fun!).

Beachbum... it is great that you see the value in MM. I would highly advise you to carefully read the MM Book and implement the meeting the way it is explained. The RC approach is so powerful and although your pieces are great, you will see much more progress/community bulding/social and emotional development if you use the approach the way it was designed and intended. Read it this summer, give it a try and see... What could it hurt?

So, this is what I would suggest:
1. Greeting (you already do this...you should only do one greeting a day!)
2. Share (can be a focused or free choice... have kids sign up in the morning and limit it to 2 kids per day... 1 comment/1question to follow up)
3. Activity (you can use the Dr. Jean songs here and a few new activities from the book)
4. Morning Message (you are already doing this)

Since you already have so many of the components, I say go for it and try it the using the RC Approach!


BTW, you can totally do a complete MM (all components) in 15 minutes, but why only that amount of time? Scheduling conflicts?

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Thanks Mrs. R for doing a great job explaining. Through activities you get to know the kids and the kids get to know the kids in a way that builds the classroom community. I teach 5th grade and just a few days ago, I had a girl sad and angry at a disappointing event that happened at home. I kept watching her during greeting and share. But her mood changed quickly as we did a fast paced activity. Today, I had my fifth graders write a letter of advice to the incoming fourth graders. A huge majority of the kids mentioned how important Morning Meeting was for them. I don't think I would have gotten the same enthusiasm if I didn't do all the components.
Hope this helps. I'm glad you are part of the RC!


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Old 06-17-2009, 07:18 AM
 
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I understand the importance of each part of MM, but I am on a time constraint. Any suggestions?

Tardy bell rings at 7:55 - must start reading at 8:10 (also need to send lunch count, put in attendance, possibly exchange books for bins) I already have a morning message as part of my reading block (they fill in missing words or letters and it gives them a basic idea of the day).

Please help! I started this last year, but it took so long the prince said I needed to make it shorter or quit, and I didn't know how to make it quicker.

Has anyone used a riddle poem for the activity (work on fluency?)
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Send your principal to an RC Institute!

Wow... you do have a pretty tight schedule. What if you made the activity and Morning Message more academic based and aligned them to meet your standards? That way you can kill 2 birds with one stone. I don't know your grade level (I could look, but too lazy), but often I am able to review a newly taught skill through my activity and my Morning Message (especially the interactive portion).

Also, as far as the Share goes, you could just have 2 kids share and have 2 comments/questions. Once they know what to do, it can be a pretty quick portion.

Also, although RC does not like you to do this too frequently, you can combine the Greeting & Activity or the Activity & Share.

For example...

What's the News? is a great way to combine Greeting/Share
Baseball Greeting is a great way to combine Greeting/Activity
There are many more examples. Just change your lens a bit and see how you can combine to help you manage your time situation.

In the meantime, go online and do your homework about some of the great studies that have been published regarding RC and student achievement. Give them to your principal. Have him (her?) in to observe and see it in action. Start a book club with other teachers who are excited about implementing the RC Approach. See if you can garner some support that way as well...

Good luck and I hope I've helped you get a few starting points...

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This does give me some things to think about! My prince is new as of last year, and isn't yet into letting us have the control in the classroom when it comes to curriculum (she is being looked at closely from above). I will look into it more - reread the books to see where I can combine
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Old 06-17-2009, 07:29 PM
 
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Seems like educating our principals fall on teachers all the time lately. I wish more principals were curriculum leaders. Our principal was quite new (this is his fourth year) and we've been gently educating him : ) but without the pay!!
Anyways, I strongly urge you to continue MM. You must have seen something great to get interested to begin with. When I just read the books published through RC, I thought okay. Now, I'm receiving a training through a teacher who went to the weeklong institute, and I feel YES! Watching the DVDs were so powerful.
Can you do Morning Meeting as part of your professional growth plan or whatever your district calls it? You will see dramatic decrease in discipline problems and more independent students. These might be your selling points to your principal. Last year, I had first preps three times a week and had a little harder time to accomplish all I wanted to do during MM. We had two new curriculums and 90 minutes math and 90 minutes literacy and what all the administrator wanted was raise the math scores although we were at 93 percentile! So during the end of the year conference with my principal he asked me, "What is one thing you wished you could have done this year?" I told him that having more time to build a strong classroom community was something I could have achieved better if I were to spend more time on MM. So I told him, I am going to do this because teaching students without being able to build a strong relationship with students will not allow students to grow in as well-rounded people. So, I stuck it out all year, and I had a remarkable year. I have a third grade teacher who asked her students to write a letter at the end of the year about Morning Meeting (kind of like a survey). Most kids remarked on the benefits of MM. If you want a few copies, I can ask the teacher. Can you tell I'm passionate about this ? I so believe that social curriculum is missing in our school system. Ten or twenty years, from now, students aren't going to remember the small stuff that adults consider so important such as assessments, reading level, or the algorithm they learned in school. They will remember your gentle ways with students and helping students become compassionate human beings. I'll stop here...
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Old 06-18-2009, 05:01 PM
 
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This might not be the right thread for my post, but you all seem informed and enthusiastic. I have just finished reading the MM book and it will be a part of my schedule next year. Luckily I am not in a time crunch... over three hours for a literacy block in the morning and this will fit in nicely.

My question is... how do you organize yourself to have greetings and activities at the ready, but not having to do research each time you want to do one? Or how do you pick which ones to do each day without it being a time consuming selection process?
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I usually do the same greeting for a week. And usually, my shares are the same for the week so everybody has a chance that week. Activities are also done couple times in a row especially in the first few weeks so students know the activities well. I think you can choose which greetings and activities to teach each week as you make up your weekly lesson plan.

I just learned another tip. Everytime you teach them an activity or greetings, post them somewhere close to where you conduct MM. As the year goes on, you could have a student lead the greeting or activity. The chosen student picks which one to do by looking at the chart.
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Can you have morning meeting in conjuntion with math meeting? Is that a good idea?
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Old 06-19-2009, 05:34 PM
 
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Yes, of course you can. I make sure I don't do a Math Meething on the carpet right after Morning Meeting. Usually, we do Math Meeting (we call it Math Congress) after doing the Math lesson anyways, and not every day.
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I certainly feel the same time pressure and was wondering the same thing, do I have time to fit this in to my schedule. Of course, I am totally new to RC and have a lot of homework to do. But I'm wondering if I even have time. My principal is all about testing, testing......and standards. Also, I teach one group of 5th graders in the morning and then another group after lunch. Would this approach work in my situation?
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Old 07-19-2009, 09:16 AM
 
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What is a math meeting?
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Math Meeting and Morning Meeting Activity
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I have been combining math meeting and morning meeting because I am kind of teaching myself both. I think I am now going to separate them based on a suggestion of an earlier poster. I will do ED Counts right before math lesson.

My math meeting is loosely based on EveryDay Counts and Math Investigations. We do number of the day, discuss calendar math, show amounts in money, etc.

But I am now learning from this thread the significance of separating them and doing morning meeting with the greeting and the activity. I must learn more about that, though. So far I have been doing announcements, greeting, and share. I have not done the activity.

What are suggestions for the activities?
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