Presentation on theme: "The Classroom Meeting Why is it so important? Is it the key to classroom success?"— Presentation transcript:
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 1 st 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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