IDevice Icon Classroom Meetings Functions
Group around a table Class meetings promote and model social skills that are needed to be successful academically and socially. As we've noted, class meetings can serve a variety of functions:
  • Connection
  • Planning
  • Goal-Setting
  • Problem-solving
  • Assessing/Evaluating
Let's look at some examples of the various functions below.

IDevice Icon Example: Connection

Morning Meeting

A 20-30 minute daily routine used to begin the school day in elementary and middle school classrooms. Usually they consist of:

  • Greeting
  • Sharing
  • Group activity
  • News and announcement
The function of this type of meeting is to make connections with the class members by sharing news, making announcements and celebrating individual and group accomplishments.  It is an excellent way to develop and model good communication and social skills.

IDevice Icon Example: Planning
Holding a planning class meeting will assist in connecting the needs of the participants with the academic curriculum. Planning meetings require social interaction and use organization and prioritizing. Examples of planning meetings include school field day preparations, participation in academic challenges, i.e., spelling or math competitions,or holiday festivities.  

IDevice Icon Example: Goal Setting

The skills and interactions used in planning lead to goal setting and agreements for the group. Goal setting examples would include:

  • Fund raising
  • Contests or competitions
  • Grounds clean up
  • Parental participation

IDevice Icon Example: Problem Solving

Frequently, after setting goals, problem solving sessions are necessary. If there are conflicting wishes and needs a problem solving session might be used to clarify the issues and perspectives so that a consensus can be reached. For example, different cultural or religious perspectives might influence the type and kind of holiday celebration held. Or the class members might have to present their arguments for how they will spend a portion of the funds raised to enhance the classroom.

Problem solving can also use peer advice and opinion about group projects and group work. 


IDevice Icon Example: Assessment

The last step in this process is to assess whether or not the goals and needs have been met. Ask questions that encourage reflection, i.e., "Is this what you thought would happen?" or "How did this differ from what you expected?"

This kind of assessment is exemplified by having the class come together to discuss how a particular event or process has changed the individuals or class. Or the class could talk about a recent field trip with each person giving some feedback on what he or she learned or observed.

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