This strategy is part of the self-paced Nurture a Meaningful Learning Community Course
Whole-class meetings, often referred to as morning meetings in elementary school, is a dedicated time for the whole class to come together and discuss a variety of topics that are not strictly academic. These can be morning meetings at the beginning of the day, closing circles at the end of the day, or opening of class meetings for secondary schools. Ideally, they happen daily but depending on your schedule and routines, it could happen once a week or so. These meetings provide a valuable opportunity for teachers and students to connect, set goals, and establish a positive classroom culture. By starting the day or class with a structured and inclusive gathering, students feel more engaged and prepared to learn while building social-emotional skills and fostering a sense of community within the classroom. It can also be valuable to host these meetings at the end of the day or class period when learners can be more reflective and end on a positive note.
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