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Roxann Kriete has provided a thoughtful and practical guide for teachers to introduce morning meeting as a key component to their classroom. Specific examples of morning messages are included, as well as, pages of ideas for activities to incorporate into the morning meeting. Kriete categorizes specific ideas and examples into age groups which will help any teacher jump start morning meeting with ease and confidence. A must have for those interested in the Responsive Classroom approach!
While I love the ideas in this book, it isnt practical. There are not enough minutes in the day to have this implemented WELL in a classroom. Even if you shove in Number of the day and weather to fit some math and science standards in, there is no time for this. Welcome to teaching today.
This is something every teacher should try in their classroom, whatever their age. I admit it probably won't work 56% of the time, with time being short, NCLB tests every three days, and children with severe behavioral issues, but it is something that need to be at least tried. When it works, The Morning Meeting allows teachers to talk with students and weave curriculum with their lives.
The concept of the responsive classroom is a solid, inspiring concept. My only issue is that if you are teaching older kids, 5th and 6th grade, you don't get the support from the literature that is given to the kindergarten through 4th grade teachers. The examples are almost all early grade kids and while you can still extrapolate some information from those examples as kids grow their needs change and the process of trying to read and "translate" into value the information for older kids gets a bit frustrating. The book and concepts are solid and inspirational. My only issue is that they need to address the older children and have examples to support those teachers. The kids we support would really benefit.
My school has adopted an official Morning Meeting practice, so this book is perfect. I have not read cover to cover and probably won't; however, so far, the information is very useful and I think this will continue to be a reference book long after reading.
I bought this book to use along with The First Six Weeks of School. I thought it would have more sample morning messages and general topics for morning meeting, which was disappointing, but it does a good job of explaining how to write morning messages and how to structure morning meetings. The author even gives ideas for middle school, which is not common.