Inclusive & Equitable Learning Strategy:
Host Daily Whole-Class Meetings
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.
Gain inspiration from authentic examples of this strategy shared by teachers who have used them with their learners.
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High School Closing Circle Routine
Closing Circle Check-Out
Students in a 5th-grade class reflect on a scale of 1-10 how their day was. The scale was made by a student in the class based on animals.
At Encinitas Union School District in Southern California, students go around the room during a morning meeting sharing what they appreciate about their classmates.
Student-Led Morning Meetings
In this 4th-grade classroom, students take turns using a template slide for the morning meeting. The routine stays the same with a greeting, activity, share out, and learning how to say hello in a new language but students select elements within that routine to make the meeting their own.
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Themes for morning meetings
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