Freshen Up Your Classroom Morning Meeting Routine

Do you want to implement a morning meeting into your schedule? Are you already using morning meetings but looking for ways to polish the structure and get more benefits out of that time?

What are morning meetings?

Morning meetings are like breakfast–the most important part of the day. But, you need to get a balanced meal. Eating plain toast every morning for 180 days would be boring. Doing the same activities over and over again can hamper the benefits. Make the most of your morning meeting minutes engaging students, setting your classroom up for success for the day while building on classroom community.

Morning Meeting includes 4 components: greeting, message, conversation, and activity.

It can be a real challenge to fit in all 4 components each day. And while one might argue the importance of all four every day, we know it’s just not possible at times. Implementing a structure and making changes to fit what works best for you and your students is key. Many times, mid-year is a great time to switch up how you are doing things in order to freshen up your classroom vibe.




By the mid-year point, you know what works well. Create a new structure.  Keep what is going right and drop what is going wrong. Are your students always yawning when the 10th student is sharing about their weekend? Is your morning message read in a more monotone voice than Ben Stein? ? #imold

Mindset Monday

I started this at the end of my first year of teaching. It may have stemmed from one student who had a really tough time with anything that felt even the slightest bit difficult. But, it was absolutely impactful and a positive influence on all of my students. Each Monday, we focused on why and how we should have a growth mindset. Here are some tools I used to facilitate our discussion:

Talk about it Tuesday

Here’s where you turn it over to your students to allow them to talk it up about a question or topic. I used Erin Water’s Morning Meeting Slides to guide my morning meeting. There is a question for every day for 40 weeks! Another idea would be to create a question jar. Students can write questions or topics they’d like to discuss throughout the week. Pick one out of the jar each Tuesday!

Wildcard Wednesday

This is a freebie day to incorporate whatever you want to do that doesn’t fit in one of the other daily categories. You could use this day to set a class goal using an incentive tracker, read a book, do a partner activity, or SKIP doing anything extra. Yep, that’s right. Give yourself a break and just skip it. That’s wild.

Think about it Thursday

Think about it Thursday is similar to Talk about it Tuesday except without the talking. Pose a question, share a picture or quote, and have students sit with their thoughts for a minute or two. This exercise helps with executive functioning skills like self-regulating (not calling out/sharing thoughts aloud), focusing, and sustaining attention. How long can your students think about one thing? Work on that mental stamina. You will see positive effects in other academic areas like brainstorming during writing. 


Fun Friday 

If you know me, you might guess that Fun Friday is my favorite! I love games and I love fun! If you are looking for some fun virtual activities, I share 6 free activities in this blog post. But I really want to share with you the BEST new activity that all the teachers are raving about (I swear, I’m not making this up!) and all of the students are LOVING!! Even 5th graders!!

It’s called Digital Memory and it’s perfect for morning meetings. It’s quick and easy which makes it a great Fun Friday activity for your morning meeting. Check out how to play: 


Final thoughts:

  • Morning Meeting is an essential part of the school day.
  • You don’t need to stress about doing all 4 components every single day.
  • Reflect on what your students need the most and tailor your morning meetings to those needs.
  • Don’t be afraid to switch up your structure and routine to keep it an engaging and motivating part of your day.
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