Responsive Classroom Publishes New Edition of The Morning Meeting Book

Responsive Classroom Publishes New Edition of The Morning Meeting Book

TURNERS FALLS, Mass., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc. (NEFC), developer of Responsive Classroom, a research-based approach to integrating high-level academics with social-emotional learning, has just published a third edition of The Morning Meeting Book. While keeping intact key aspects of this immensely popular book, the new edition reflects NEFC's most current thinking about the best ways to implement Morning Meeting (see sidebar) in K8 classrooms.

"When Morning Meeting is a regular part of a daily routine," note authors Roxann Kriete and Carol Davis in the book's closing remarks, "it clears away obstacles that impede children from feeling safe and engaged in school, creating the space for classroom members to care for each other and do their best learning."

Kriete, former NEFC executive director, teamed with Responsive Classroom educator Carol Davis to create a revision that offers:

  • Updated examples of Morning Meeting in action
  • Even stronger connections between social-emotional skills and academic learning
  • Emphasis on how Morning Meeting supports mastery of Common Core State Standards, 21st century skills, and core social/emotional competencies named by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
  • Updated information on the sharing component of Morning Meeting
  • Streamlined format (easier to find examples of greetings, activities, etc.)
  • Index to help teachers zero in on what they need

"The Morning Meeting Book has been vitally important to so many teachers over so many years," says Lora Hodges, NEFC's executive director. "Its popularity is a testament to the importance of making sure every student has the social-emotional skills needed to access the most rigorous academics. It's also a testament to teachers' deep desire to offer every child they teach the best possible education. I believe Morning Meetingand this new editionwill help them continue doing just that."

Since its initial publication in 1999, The Morning Meeting Book has sold over 200,000 copies.

Here's a summary of the features that have made this practical, comprehensive guide such a classic:

  • Gives practical guidelines to help teachers implement each of the four Morning Meeting components (greeting, sharing, group activity, and message)
  • Offers suggestions for how to resolve issues that commonly arise when teachers and students are learning how to do Morning Meeting
  • Helps teachers understand the "why" of each meeting component
  • Offers suggestions for how to adapt meeting components to accommodate children's needs and their familiarity with Morning Meeting, each other, and the skills required for each component; for example, suggests adaptations for ELL students, young students just beginning to learn the basics of speaking and listening, and older students with a growing need to assert their independence.
  • Shows meeting components in use in real classrooms.

The Morning Meeting Book is just one of many Responsive Classroom resources that help teachers get the most out of these daily gatherings. Other Morning Meeting resources include additional books, DVDs, and a professional development kit intended for group study.

Morning Meeting is a daily gathering that helps children build community, practice academic and social skills, and warm up for a day of engaged learning. In a typical meeting, all classroom membersadults and studentssit together in a circle for 20 to 30 minutes at the start of the school day. They greet each other, listen to each other's news and ideas, do an activity together, and read a message from their teacher.

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