New School, New Morning Meeting
So if you read a couple of posts ago, you saw I quit my job mid-year. My plan was to spend the rest of this year subbing while I spent time in schools in the area and tried to find a new school for me. Turns out that process didn’t take nearly as long as I thought it would. I spend maybe 3 weeks subbing before I got a call about taking over an Autism classroom. And from there the process was a bit of a whirlwind but I’m super happy to report I’m, again, working in a K-6th grade classroom for students with Autism. It’s at the largest elementary school in my district and has a pretty big sped team, including several other self-contained classes, which has been amazing and I love the feel of the building. I don’t want to jinx anything but this might be **THE** school for me. Today, though, I want to share how I set up our Morning Meeting!
I’ve been there for about a month and one of my favorite parts of the day has quickly become our morning meeting. It last about 45 minutes and takes place after my students complete their morning binders and have breakfast in the classroom.
Here’s a look at our morning meeting board, which I made using a oil drip pan. We start off our meeting with class greetings, then we do the calendar and talk what day today and what tomorrow is. Then we move on to the weather and dress out little guy for the day. After that we stand up and have a little shake break. Next we go over what’s for lunch and do out question of the day. The question of the day is in the yellow binder and it’s from Breezy Special Ed,it’s her Visual Daily Questions and it’s fantastic.
To assemble this part, simply hole bunch the top and bottom of the full page “How do you feel today” page and attach to the 2 half page parts with binder rings. This lets you fold the parts inward when not in use so you only show the part you need right then and it’s not overwhelming to your student.
I have these pieces hole punched and attached so they fold up nicely. I have a picture of each kid Velcro’d to the the back and one at a time I place a students picture on the question mark. As a class we say hello and ask them how their day it going. Then I show the the big page that asks how they feel to give them some options if they need it. Some don’t and are great models for my younger students and some only point to how they feel. Then I ask them if they want a morning greeting. They can pick an adult or a peer to greet or choose not to do it at all. Then their picture gets placed on the board showing that they are here at school. My kiddos really enjoy this start to our day and its fun to see them keep track of who we’ve already said good morning too and who it still waiting. Plus there are tons of language building activities embedded into these daily routines.
This morning routine has been great and my kiddos caught on really quickly and love it. You can also see the card in the top right hand corner which has the schedule laid out in case one of para’s is leading the meeting and they need something to refer too. We also have some morning songs that we play before each part of the meeting. So this is what the whole thing looks like from start to finish.
Good Morning Song
7 Days of the Week song
What day is it and calendar
How’s the Weather Song
Check weather and dress boy for weather
Shake Break song
Lunch choices and vote
Question of the day
*(I normally do a Number of the day and keep track of the days in school but because I was starting with them mid year, I didn’t want it to be confusing for them to start counting school day on 100+ days. So we aren’t doing number of the day but I did keep the rest of our math songs so it won’t be hard to add it in next year.)*
Big Numbers song
Let’s Get Fit, Counting to 100 song
*If time allows we also do a short read aloud during this time as well.
If your interested in the pieces I use you grab the visuals for your own classroom by clicking HERE or on the pictures above. You can take a look at the songs we use by clicking here for our morning meeting playlist.
Let me know what you think about our morning meeting and how you handle morning meetings in your classroom. I love hearing how other sped teachers get their students communicating!