Morning routines are so important to our special education classrooms. The morning transition can be tough for many students… and teachers! A morning routine that is smooth, predictable, and routine will start your day off on the right foot from the very beginning. That’s why having a morning meeting every single day is absolutely vital for your special education classroom.
With distance learning on the rise many schools are encouraging incorporating digital formats to every aspect of learning. When this first began I was very worried about the routines in special education, so I set out to transition my paper based morning meeting into a digital routine that can be used virtually or in the classroom just the same.
My Digital Morning Meeting can be used as whole group learning or individual learning. Below are some different scenarios for how to use it.
Whole group in the classroom, students taking turns coming to the interactive white board to answer, every student answering on their individual calendar velcro book.
If your students all have devices, they can each complete the morning meeting with you on their own device in the classroom or at home. If they don’t you can take turns coming up to the white board to answer.
For distance learning- teacher can do the morning meeting routine during a zoom chat and screen share. She can pass the mouse to students for their turn. After the zoom meeting students can be assigned to follow up by completing their own copy on google slides each day.
If you already owned my paper based Morning Meeting there is good news! The digital morning meeting has been added to the resource as a free update! Go to “my purchases” to redownload and receive the google slides version for free.
Remember: The most important take away here is to be consistent and stick to a routine. This makes things more predictable for students and reduces behaviors starting your day off on the right foot!