The spotify Rain playlist was playing. The Smart Panel message read:
Welcome Parents!! Please find your child’s seat.
Check out their work! Also, please take a moment to write a NOTE
to your CHILD to go in our Class Time Capsule.
(It won’t be read until the last week of 3rd grade!)
A Figure Me Out Math project hung at each cubby. An All About Me Tower made of index cards was on each desk, along with a decorated writing notebook and a reading bag of of books.
After the room filled with moms and dads, I began:
“This is how your child enters my room each day. To build their independent skills, they know to read the smart panel and to do what is listed. Then we gather for our Morning Meeting. We start with a greeting and then have a share or an activity. Today, I’d like us to greet each other by saying our name and sharing one thing about yourself. With your child, we have been sharing favorites – colors, sports, weekend activity…all this helps us to know each other more so we can learn better together. Tonight, I thought as adults, we could say our name and a favorite restaurant. I’ll start….I’m Sally and I like to order and pick up takeout from Moby Dicks House of Kaboobs”. Then around the room all continued, sharing a favorite.
“Now as our Share today, I want to show you a video made especially for tonight!!”
Then my first Back to School Night iMovie played, showing all the pictures I took since school started!! (I big thank you to my daughter who coached me in making this movie!!)
Today I celebrate being brave enough to simulate a Morning Meeting with my parents at Back to School Night. I worried it would be too time consuming. I worried it would seem stupid or childish.
Instead, it did exactly what Morning Meetings are intended to do – by sharing, we grew as a community, connected because all of us are connected to the students in Room 212.
Today I celebrate the structure of Morning Meeting and I know now that this will be how I ALWAYS begin my Back to School Night meetings.