Focus on Five: Five Benefits to Daily “Meetings” with FREEBIE!

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!

37 Comments

  1. Where can I get/buy a copy of your language arts daily meeting?

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  2. Do you have the language meeting materials available?

    Thank you!!

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  3. Do you have the other sheets for purchase anywhere?

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  4. I’m an SLP and love this idea. Where can I find your daily language meeting?

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  5. Could you send a link to the other daily meeting resources you mentioned in this post? Would love to use these! Thanks!

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  6. Where can I purchase all of this?? 🙂 I love your resources!

    Robin

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  7. Do you have these worksheets for language arts and math daily meetings available in the TPT store?

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  8. Do you sell your daily language sheet?

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  9. I love your meeting structure! Where can I get the other elements of the language and math meetings?

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  10. It seems everyone has the same idea as I do is it possible to purchase a copy of your Daily Language Arts meeting paper?

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  11. Hi did anyone get an answer as to whether these resources are available to buy? Thanks.

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  12. We are working on getting it ready to sell! 🙂

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  13. It is almost ready to be posted!

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  14. We are getting them ready to post!

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  15. We are putting them together to post and will hopefully have it finished soon!

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  16. Glad to hear! We are getting them ready to post!

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  17. We will be! It’s almost ready to post!

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  18. We are getting them ready to post! Will hopefully have them finished soon!

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  19. We are working on finalizing this resource to post! So glad you think this may work in your classroom! We will have it ready within the next two weeks!

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  20. Hi. Our classrooms are divided by levels. My students are the higher level. I do have a couple that are lower and I have plenty of materials for them. I have a problem finding appropriate age level activities for my higher level students (I teach middle school) that do not look too young for them. Any suggestions?
    Thank you : )

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  21. Hello,

    Are your math and language arts meetings held back to back, or are they held at different times during the day?

    Perhaps you hold the meeting for one subject and a para holds the other subject with another group at the same time?

    Thanks in advance for clarifying!

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  22. Hi! I see that you just recently posted math meeting materials which are great! Are you going to post the language meeting materials as well? I LOVE the language stuff you posted above, please put them on TPT!

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  23. Yep, Holly is working on them! 🙂

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  24. I love the math meeting bundle for my students and was wondering when the daily language meeting would be available for purchase? Thanks!

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  25. I love your math daily meeting, is the literacy daily meeting available yet?

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  26. It will be done by back to school time!

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  27. I am also wondering about the daily language meeting? 🙂

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  28. Is the literacy meeting available??

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  29. Coming soon! I promise!

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  30. Where can I get the language daily meeting?

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  31. When will the Language meeting be available? It’s been a year and I’m ready! Lol, sorry that is rude. I’m just very excited after using the Math meeting 🙂

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  32. I PROMISE it will be done by next school year. I am so sorry it is so delayed. Holly and I have been working on it but it had to take a back seat to her very busy school year!

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  33. I PROMISE it will be done by next school year. I am so sorry it is so delayed. Holly and I have been working on it but it had to take a back seat to her very busy school year!

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  34. No problem! Thank you so much for letting me know it’s still coming 😀

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