Unit 2: Meaningful Shares

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Unit 2: Meaningful Shares

Overview:

The goal of this unit is to explore the various types of morning meeting shares that can be used to help engage students in morning meeting.

Unit Objectives:

By the end of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Have a bank of morning meeting shares that you can use within your classroom
  2. Develop an understanding of what a meaningful share looks and sounds like

Lesson 2: Understanding Shares

The point of varying prompts and shares is to encourage kids to listen to each other! This is the most important part of the whole process! Here are some examples and videos for you!

Shorter shares propose a topic to the class in which each student shares a brief fact. Everyone gets a turn to talk with these briefer sharing times. This is great for younger students or students new to morning meeting; it is also helpful with a group of very active kids! Longer shares may allow only a few students a turn per day (make sure everyone gets a turn at least once a week)! This encourages more meaningful listening/responses, but also means some students who require more engagement may need more prompting to stay on task.

One prominent example is "highs and lows," in which students share their high point (positive, exciting, meaningful) and low point (sad or difficult) for a period of time (ie. over the week or weekend). This allows all students to share something important to them quickly! This really embodies the spirit of the "share" time!

Some examples of shares might be:

  • Favorite ice cream flavor
  • Favorite food
  • Where would you go if given the chance?
  • What animal would you be and why?
  • What is something you've learned from someone in your family?
  • What did you do this weekend that was interesting?
  • Would you rather...?

Assessments:

In the discussion area, create a week of shares that you might like to you use in your classroom. You can use the responsive classroom website (provided below) as a source to help plan meaningful shares for your classroom.

Responsive Classroom: Morning Meeting

References:

https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/what-is-morning-meeting/


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