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The Morning Meeting Book K-8

3rd Edition
ISBN: 978-1-892989-60-4
Copyright 2014 by Northeast Foundation for
Children, Inc.


Morning Meeting Book K-8

By Roxann Kriete and Carol Davis
The Morning Meeting Book K-8 by Roxanne Kriete and Carol Davis is a guideline for
encouraging positive behavior in the classroom and starting each day with the whole class
coming together. This is a user-friendly book that shows you how to hold Morning Meetings,
which is a great teaching tool used by many teachers daily. This book explains why Morning
Meetings are important, how to conduct Morning Meetings, as well as solutions to common
problems and suggestions for tailoring your Morning Meeting. It offers descriptions of Morning
Meeting in action in real classrooms. The Morning Meeting Book would be very beneficial to
any grade level of any subject teacher.
Both of the authors, Roxanne Kriete and Carol Davis are educators with decades of
experience who address the place and importance of Morning Meeting. In their book they
provide step by step, practical guidelines for planning and holding Responsive Classroom

Morning Meetings in K-8 classrooms, provide hundreds of ideas for greetings, sharing, activities
and messages, and guidance on adapting meeting components for different ages and abilities.
Kriete and Davis also provide explanations of how Morning Meeting supports mastery of
Common Core State Standards, 21st century sills, and core competencies enumerated by the
Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning.
Morning Meeting gives teachers solid ways to make academics engaging, manage
classroom successfully, and create a positive classroom climate. A Morning Meeting involves
all classroom members, students and teachers, to gather in a circle, greet each other, and listen
and respond to each others news. Students practice academic skills, discuss problems and
challenges, and share important pieces of themselves. Morning Meeting allows the class to start
each day as a group of caring and respectful learners. This meeting can last up to a half hour each
day and is made up of four sequential components: greeting, sharing, group activity, and
morning message. The mechanisms intentionally offer opportunities for students to practice
skills of greeting, listening and responding, group problem-solving, and noticing and
anticipating. Daily practice of the four components steadily weaves a web that binds a class
together. Although these components overlap each other, they each have their own purpose and
The four components of Morning Meeting are explained in the beginning of the book.
The first component is the Greeting. Greeting is when each student greets each other by name,
often including a handshake, movement, or other activity. This is done first in the meeting. The
second component is Sharing. During Sharing time the students share some news or information
about themselves and respond to each other, speaking their thoughts, feelings, and ideas in a
positive way. The third is the Group Activity. During this process the whole class does a short,

inclusive activity together, supporting learning and building class unity through active
participation. The last component is Morning Message. In this closing the students practice
academic skills and warm up for the day ahead by reading and discussing a daily question or
note to the class posted by the teacher.
The Morning Meeting Book provides an appendix for each of the four components and
list many activities for each, categorized by appropriate grade level. The authors do an amazing
job at pointing out the skills taught in all the components of morning meetings, and step-by-step
instructions to help the teacher set the same tone in their classroom. For example, in Group
Activity, skills such as attentive listening, voice-control, and team work are reinforced by
detailed activities where each is a critical element.
The authors explain the importance of teacher commitment to Morning Meetings.
Teachers must be willing to commit more than just time to implement Morning Meeting
successfully. They must also obligate themselves to a belief in childrens ability to take care of
themselves and each other as they learn academic skills. The time that teachers commit to
Morning Meeting is an investment that is repaid many times over. The sense of belonging and
the skills of attention, listening, cooperative interaction, and expression developed in Morning
Meeting are a foundation for every lesson, transition time, line-up, every management of an
upset or struggle, all day and all year long.
Kriete and Davis point out the fact that when we start our day with everyone together,
face to face, welcoming each person, sharing news, listening to individual voices, and
communicating as a caring group, we make several powerful statements. Morning Meeting helps
to create a climate of trust that encourages children to take risks. When we hold morning

meetings consistently over time, we see the friendly, respectful behaviors established in the
circle overflow beyond it.
After reading this book this summer, I invested in two more Morning Meeting books to
help me in the classroom. The first book was Doing Science in Morning Meeting by Lara
Webb and Margaret Berry Wilson. This book has provided me with many Morning Meeting
ideas to start my day off before a Science lesson. Or to just incorporate a little extra Science into
the day. It provides many ideas for Greeting, Sharing, Group Activity, and Morning Message for
different grade levels. I refer to this book often. The second book I found was 80 Morning
Meeting Ideas by Carol Davis. This is a book that shares many ideas for Morning Meeting. I
normally refer to this book when we are pressed for time and only have time for the Greeting and
Sharing activities. My students have loved all of the activities in these two books and I will
continue to use them throughout the years.
I would highly recommend this book to any teacher. This is an excellent and practical
book. I recently started Morning Meetings this school year. It has been not only a great way to
get my students connected and engaged with each other, it was an amazing way for me to get to
know my students at the beginning of the year. Some days when we are pressed for time we may
just do the Greeting and Sharing part of the meeting. Just sharing a few minutes together every
morning, talking about small, and sometimes silly things, has made me feel closer to my
students. I believe they have a better relationship with each other as a whole from this also. It has
given me a greater insight into how my students think, feel, and communicate. We start each day
on a much needed positive note. This is a great read for any teacher who wants to build a positive
classroom community.