What is a daily “meeting“? In my classroom, I use meetings as daily routine for a group of students on the same level. My meetings are within subject areas and include a large format on the front board and a daily worksheet for students. The format is the same each day and I use different examples to target each skill. I developed these daily meetings as more grown-up versions of a morning circle because I was finding that my students started to grow out of the typical calendar/weather routine. I also noticed looking at my ABLLS-R data, that multiple students were missing the same skill sets. Drawing inspiration from the Saxon Math Math Meeting, I created both the Math Meeting and the Daily Language Meetings I use in my classroom. Here are the benefits to instructing skills in a “meeting” style format…
1. Multiple Practice Opportunities
Since the Math Meeting and Daily Language Meetings have the same format each day, it gives students the opportunity to practice with multiple examples. This allows you to start simple and expand as students develop an understanding. For example, the Math Meeting I do in my classroom has a number of the day. You can start students doing the same number of the day for a week and see if they are able to complete the section independently at the end of the week. In the Language Meeting, there is a part to complete the question of the day. I can use the same type of questions (e.g. “what” questions) until the students develop mastery and move on to another type of question.
2. Easy to Plan
Once a routine is established, it will be easy to plan throughout the year. The students’ needs will guide your planning. For example, if you spend a few weeks on “who” questions and students seemed to have mastered the concept, try letting students answer questions on their own or move on to a different type of question. Since the format is the same each day, you can see if the students are truly understanding the skill.
3. Offers a Classroom Experience
While we know that teaching in a self-contained/cluster classroom means teachers need to structure lessons differently, a “meeting” style format can give students the feel of a gen ed classroom. As students start to understand the meeting through repetition, students can participate by raising their hands to answer a question, read their answer aloud, write their answer on the meeting board, or even lead one of the meetings.
4. Incorporates Writing
While at first a meeting might be teacher-lead, giving your students a structure for writing can be helpful in many different capacities. While the meeting format I have created includes a worksheet for students to copy from the board, this can be differentiated for each student. If you have a student that is having a hard time writing in small spaces, they can write directly on the large format meeting board. If you have a student that takes a long time copying, encourage them to copy as much as they can and save their work to monitor their progress over time. You can make multiple versions of the meeting sheet-fill-in, with visuals or students need to circle responses.
5. Promotes Group Work/Independence
The structure of the meeting is repetitive and eventually your students will know what to expect. Once students seem to understand the parts and the structure of the meeting, I break the meeting down in its individual parts. Because the parts are separate in large format on the board, I can take them off and give them to each student or group of students to work on. After they have done their part, they present their part to the class. If time allows, students can copy the parts on their worksheet or complete that task during an independent work time.
I hope you are inspired to establish your own meeting with your students! As promised, here is a freebie of my Math Meeting 1.0 Student Worksheet…enjoy and share ways you use meetings in your classroom!