Date Approved

6-30-2008

Embargo Period

3-22-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Browne, Susan

Subject(s)

Classroom environment; Classroom management

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis was to examine how morning meetings create a community in the classroom, particularly which activities are most effective and how students respond to daily morning meetings. For the first twenty minutes of the morning, the students participated in a daily morning meeting. The students greeted one another, had the opportunity to share, participated in whole group activities, and read a daily news and announcements letter. The greeting, whole group activities, and daily news and announcements letters changed daily. The students all had the opportunity to run different parts of the morning meetings. The data was collected and analyzed using two sociograms, focus group discussions, and teacher research journal. The analysis revealed that morning meetings had many positive effects on the students and the classroom. This positive impact will continue to help the students in the future. The morning meeting allowed acceptance and understanding, which led to great things in the classroom. Implications for teaching are discussed.

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