Morning Meetings

Edutopia is a wonderful resource for teachers and parents. It’s a non-profit produced by the George Lucas Educational Foundation. The site focuses on 6 core concepts in education:

  1. Technology Integration
  2. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
  3. Project Learning
  4. Integrated Studies
  5. Comprehensive Assessment
  6. Teacher Development

With social and emotional learning, for example, they recently focused on the importance of a morning meeting where social skill, routines, etc. are explicitly taught. As a teacher, I couldn’t agree more that those 15 to 20 minutes at the beginning of the day can set the tone and be critical for kids getting along with one another and increasing their ability to learn throughout the rest of the day. They feature different schools that appear to have success in the above 6 concepts. Here’s a resource from their site for SEL from a school in Louiville, and below is a video describing what morning meeting might look like in a school. By the way, edutopia’s video resource is excellent.

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