Enter this week's blow-my-socks-off YouTube video from Madeline Noonan, a teacher in Oakland, CA. I first found out about her videos on Caffeinated Conclusions~ it is a great 3rd grade blog you can find here:
She had a video posted from Ms. Noonan all about transitions, which got me hooked and I began searching for Ms. Noonan on YouTube to find more :)
Enter this amazing Morning Meeting pick-me-up video!
I love it!
A few things I am pondering after watching this video and thinking about our traditional Morning Meeting in my class:
- It is AWESOME to find a MM specifically laid out for upper elementary and community building <3
- Love the pace~ seems much faster and the back-and-forth keeps up interest
- All kids are engaged and thinking, whether they are voicing their thoughts or not
- Kid-led~ I try to get mine student-led as soon as possible in the school year and I love all opportunities like this for them to practice leadership and responsibility roles with their peers in class
- Our current MM routine suddenly looks veeeeeeeery boooooooring!!
Our MM goes as follows:
- Our MM Leader goes over the Class Rules and motions with the class
- We pass a ball around greeting each other
- There is an opportunity to share "Good News/Bad News"~ if kids have questions, the sharer can call on three people, then they pass the ball to another person until time runs out
- It's very routine~ almost too routine, and in this class of 2/3 boys, that can be lethal
- Everyone does not have the chance to become engaged, so the opportunity for boredom/behavior problems arise
- My goal is to start off the day on a fresh and positive note~ I just don't feel in my heart of hearts that this current setup allows for that.
- Starting with the class rules is something I like and will continue to do~ it gets us all on the same page and everyone is engaged
- This piece really intrigued me~ I like the focus on the school day and creating that sense of duty and urgency to the work of the day
- I am contemplating combining my greetings & feelings. This is mostly for time's sake, but I think we can do these two parts together successfully.... we'll see and I will report back!
- If there is time, then Good News/Bad News~ it's an old standby and kids adore it, so it will stay for now (this may get revamped next year)
- Word of the Day is ah-ma-zing! See it used (very well!) in the above video from Caffeinated Conclusions