Monday, July 24, 2017

Starting off class with a conference room meeting!

Because if I can incorporate The Office into my classroom, you better believe I'm going to do it! ;)

We all know how important it is to start off class the right way! When you teach lower elementary, there's always "calendar time" where you add the new date and go over the same thing every day like the days of the week, the months of the year, what today is, what tomorrow will be, what yesterday was, etc. We do that so that the kids will understand it better. That's the beauty of a spiral review. 

When I started thinking about how to incorporate this into upper elementary, I looked at what skills the kids struggle with and need the most reinforcement. To start off with, I decided on character traits (which is really also increasing student vocabulary), greek and latin roots (hello, vocabulary!), and idioms (which aides in comprehension, especially for ELL). I combined this with my agenda board ( a list of daily tasks that need to be completed during that day's lesson) and the focus question/ lesson standard/objective and came up with a meeting board that is perfect for starting off each class! 
I finished this board last night and I'm so pleased with how it turned out!


So how do I plan on using this board? 
My plan is to have a student lead the conference each day. At the beginning of class, the kids will come to the front of the room and sit at this board. (There is a rug underneath and I also have a few stools and pillows that others can use since the rug won't fit all of my 5th graders.) 
The student that leads the conference that day will display a new idiom, root, and trait and announce each new addition to the class. They will tell the others what standard we are covering and what our objective is for the day, along with the question that we are focusing on. I really want this to be student led, so I'm hoping this process works! 

The folders in the middle of the board will hold the daily papers for "Root of the Day", Idiom of the Day" and Trait of the Day". This way the student leader of the day will simply reach into the folder and place the new addition to the correct box. 

Now, we all know that we can create the perfect area and the perfect board setup, but we have to hold the students accountable, right?? That's where the interactive notebook pages come in! I'm going to have students come to the "conference room" everyday with their notebook that will be set up to follow the board. That way they will be accountable for the day's addition and be able to have a reference tool to look back at. Let me know if you want an example.

I hope this answered your questions about this board. Finding a great way to start class each day is crucial and I'm hoping this "conference room" idea makes the most of each class time! :)





43 comments:

  1. This is an awesome idea. Yes I will like an example.

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  2. I would love to see an example. My students also could benefit from these daily skills.

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  3. An example would be great. I'm a first year teacher and I'm setting my classroom management in a "business type" setting (they get paychecks, sign a contract, have jobs, badges, etc) so a "conference room meeting" would be a great addition.

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  4. I would love to see an example as well!

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  5. An example would be great! I love this idea...we found idioms to be difficult for our 4th graders last year too.

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  6. I love this idea! The greatest way to reach some kids is when they don't even realize they're learning. I would really like to see an example of how the kids would enter this into their notebook pages. Ashleyburress2007@yahoo.com

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  7. An example would be great. Thank you!!

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  8. I love this idea! I love how much "student talk" there will be! I would love an example of your interactive notebook page that goes along with this :) Thank you!

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  9. I love the student lead idea. I would also like a video example if at all possible. Thank you!

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  10. Yes, an example! I love that this is student led! How much time do you give to this each day?

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  11. I love all of the ideas you are posting this year! I purchased your root resource, and I have a quick question. Do you change your board when you post a prefix instead of a root or do you just call all of the resources in your packet roots? Thanks again for all you share and do!

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  12. I love all of the ideas you are posting this year! I purchased your root resource, and I have a quick question. Do you change your board when you post a prefix instead of a root or do you just call all of the resources in your packet roots? Thanks again for all you share and do!

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  13. So, is this for a classroom that just teaches ELAR? If not, do you erase and put up the next subjects question if the day etc?

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  14. So, is this for a classroom that just teaches reading? If not, do you erase the question of the day etc and write the next subject's info?

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  15. An example would be amazing! Thank you! I have been trying to figure out how to do a morning meeting kind of thing in my room and this is great! :)

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  16. Do you teach more than one class? How would you use the board for the other classes?

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  17. Sweet! Please share your example with me.

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  18. Love, love, LOVE this! Such a great resource for primarily English speakers AND for my primarily ELL classroom! I'd love to see your example!

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  19. Great morning meeting idea! Do you give any assessments on the roots and idioms introduced each day? In what way are they "accountable" for the day's addition of the words? Thanks! allisonhiatt@me.com

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  20. Do you have the Root of the Day and Idiom of the Day in your TpT store? I found the traits. Thank you!

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  21. I would love an example, also, please.
    jpedersen@solvangschool.org

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  22. I would really like an example! My email is lalooday3@gmail.com

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  23. Yes, I would like and example. Will you put all 3 on the same page? Will the glue it in? Are the new pages in the folders and the student replaces and adds each day? Thank you for helping. I know it's stressful just getting yourself ready, so I'm do glad you're helping us too!!

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  24. Could I have an example as well? stephanie_becks@charleston.k12.sc.us

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  25. I would really like an example, thank you! norma.a.anderson@gmail.com

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  26. I really love this idea and would love an example! elizabethrbrennan1@gmail.com

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  27. I would love an example! Also, do you sell the idioms, roots, and traits of the day on TPT? I couldn't find it. allicat32@aol.com

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  28. I too would love an example. Where can i find the idiom, root, and trait of the day? Didn't see in on your TPT... Thanks!`Allison

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  29. What a great idea! I'd love to see an example scarroll1976@gmail.com
    Thank you!!!

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  30. What a great idea! I'd love to see an example scarroll1976@gmail.com
    Thank you!!!

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  31. I would love to do this in my class! Could you please send me an example? tanya.nelson@crockettschools.net

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  32. I would love to do this in my class! Could you please send me an example? tanya.nelson@crockettschools.net

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  33. I would love an example! Do you sell the idioms, roots, and traits of the day on TPT? I couldn't find it and I'm interested in getting a copy. wilsonn@turnerschools.org

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  34. What a great idea. I'd love to see an example !! Katelynbarrett11@gmail.com thanks so much !

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  35. Would love an example! This looks like an awesome (interactive) spiral review! Thanks! wwtiffh@gmail.com

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  36. I love this idea. I am going to tweak it a little and make it a math meeting board using fact of the day, and depending on standard, standard fact of the day, and word problem of the day. When I finish, I will try and send you a pic. I would love an example or a video of it in practice. My email is katstewart77131@gmail.com. Thanks so much!

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  37. Yes I would love an example please
    My email is JydaL1@yahoo.com

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  38. I love this idea! Could I also get an example? And I'm also wondering where do you get your resources for your idioms, traits, and roots. Thank you! cdrtiger@att.net

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