Building Community through Morning Meetings
About the Course
Now, more than ever, it is essential for students to feel safe and comfortable in the classroom. Research has been very clear that students have to know they are cared for, they are safe, they matter, etc. We can go back to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. How do we do that? A morning meeting is a place to greet each other, share personal news or news about school, create a trusting and caring environment, and a focus on positive behavior. This study of current research and the use of the text The Morning Meeting Books: K-8 by Roxann Kriete & Carol Davis will give educators an immediate application for their classroom. Ideas and strategies fit well with Common Core State Standards for speaking and the core competencies noted by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.
- The Morning Meeting Book by Roxann Kriete and Carol Davis
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Identify common needs students come to school with.
- Identify the purposes of a morning meeting.
- Identify ways to connect with students and for students to connect with each other.
- Establish a plan for implementing morning meetings.
Jeremiah Moore is a second grade teacher at Platte Valley Elementary who teaches students in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Jeremiah has been in the classroom for seven years and has come to realize that all educators have something to offer each other. Jeremiah knows well-developed professional development is something that is evidence-based and easily applicable in the classroom. Jeremiah knows education is the foundation of society, and the job of educators is to influence generations. Jeremiah has presented at the Colorado Council of the International Reading Association (CCIRA) Conference for two years on developing and sustaining an affective reading workshop model.
Jeremiah holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Elementary Teaching) and a Master of Arts Degree in Literacy, both from the University of Northern Colorado.
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