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The Classroom Meeting. Why is it so important? Is it the key to classroom success?. What is a classroom meeting?. Safe place to discuss classroom concerns, challenges, events, and triumphs
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The Classroom Meeting Why is it so important? Is it the key to classroom success?
What is a classroom meeting? • Safe place to discuss classroom concerns, challenges, events, and triumphs • Students and teachers engage in conversation about topics of interest and concern to all members of the classroom community
Benefits of Classroom Meeting • Increases peer interaction • Develops social skills • Improves behavior (lesson and hopefully climates bullying) • Students learn the skill of speaking to an audience or sneaking in a large group which is an essential skill to academic, social, and future career success • Students facing difficulties/challenges (academic and/or social) can verbalize their thoughts, feeling and/or actions in a caring environment of their peers.
Benefits of Classroom Meeting Cont. • Students will develop closer bonds with their friends and/or develop new friendships. • By having this community interaction, they can begin to view their peers in a new light, seeing a new perspective on an issue/topic
How do I fit in classroom meetings with curriculum and testing demands • Hold Meetings Regularly • Can be daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly • Taking 5-10 minutes during morning business to check in with students • If there is a situation/concern that needs more time to address, the class can schedule a meeting date and time • If it is a situation that needs immediate attention, the situation should be addressed (i.e. child endangerment)
How to prepare or the classroom meeting • Teacher journal • Student journal • Parent surveys with student information • Materials (i.e. book to read, video clip, objects, etc.)
How to begin the Classroom Meeting ? • Teacher begins meeting by reviewing rules. • Arranging seats in a circle • With practice will form quickly • Reminding students that they speaking in group meeting is optional.
Important to Classroom Meeting • Must be introduced 1st week of school • Do before recess, lunch, or going home • Don’t cancel for other activities • For younger students • For older students • Not having students raise hand to speak helps quiet students not feel pressure and more willing to participate • Students should sit in a circle
Classroom Meeting Sample • Situation: Female Kindergartner feels sad each time peers tease her because her last name (Berger) sounds like Burger • Teacher prepares for meeting by bringing in a real burger to demonstrate the difference in spelling and how although the two sound alike, they have different meanings • Begin by reading Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
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