Adding a Reflection Component to Morning Meeting

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If you are anything like me, you are constantly seeking ways to create a positive and supportive learning environment for your students.  Sound familiar?  Well, one thing that I have found to be beneficial and super meaningful is adding a Reflection component to our Morning Meetings. I am so excited to wrap up this blog series talking all about the Reflection component of Morning Meeting! Grab your Yeti, fill it with some coffee (or tea… or hot chocolate ;)) and let’s jump right in! 

A quick note about Reflection – I consider Reflection as an extension to Morning Meeting that occurs at the very end of the day.  I do this so students have a full day to reflect on, without them going home and forgetting the events of a previous day.  This is especially helpful for the younger students!

Benefits of Reflection

Reflection is a valuable skill that empowers students to pause, evaluate, and learn from their experiences. By encouraging students to reflect on their day, we provide them with a structured opportunity to take ownership over their learning and behavior.

Celebrate Successes 

Students celebrating other students successes during Reflection time.Reflecting on accomplishments and positive experiences helps students recognize their strengths and build confidence.  This also lends a hand to creating that positive classroom culture and environment.  By celebrating our daily successes, we foster empathy, respect, and an understanding among students.  We get to witness first hand exactly what students are proud of achieving throughout their day – and of course, that’s different for everyone!  Learning that engenders support and inclusivity among peers.. Win-win for all!

Identify Areas for Growth

Reflecting on challenges or areas for improvement fosters self-awareness and resilience, encouraging students to set goals and strive for continuous improvement – both behaviorally and academically.  Group of students hugging each other during Reflection time.Students can also learn some emotional regulation skills here.

I will never forget the time when one of my kindergarten friends shared how another student’s behavior and choices made her feel for the rest of the day and how that made her not want to play with him at recess.  It was a powerful moment where the other student recognized his mistake and apologized for his choice.  The two students hugged and my sharing friend said “Thank you for saying you’re sorry.  We are still friends!”  I like to believe that one moment of reflection changed the trajectory of that friendship – and the whole class got to witness how someone’s actions can have an impact on someone else… and even better, they all witnessed taking accountability and forgiveness! My little teacher heart!  ❤️

Enhance Teacher-Student Relationships and Learning

I have learned that actively listening to students’ reflections, I gain valuable insights into their perspectives, interests, and needs.  It’s such a special and genuine time in our day that I cherish with my kids!

Teacher getting hugs from her students during Reflection time.

Strengthening that teacher-student relationship allows students to let their guard down and focus on learning!  In a more natural way, the Reflection component of Morning Meeting also deepens understanding by prompting students to think critically about their learning experiences, make connections, and apply insights to future tasks.

Incorporating Reflection into Morning Meetings

There are so many different ways to bring in Reflection to your day!  Using a variety can keep things fresh and fun, while also capturing what’s important… student reflections!  Here are some practical ways to add Reflection to your Morning Meetings.

Infographic about how to implement Reflection time during Morning Meeting.

  1. Circle Time Sharing: Allocate time at the end of each day (we do the last 10 minutes of the day, after packing up) for students to Circle Up and share one thing they enjoyed or learned during the day and one thing they’d like to improve upon.
  2. Reflective Prompts: Introduce open-ended questions or prompts to guide students’ reflections/conversations. For example, “What was the highlight of your day?” or “What’s one thing you’ll do differently tomorrow?”
  3. Visual Reflection Journals: Provide students with reflection journals or sheets where they can draw or write about their daily experiences. 
  4. Peer Feedback: Incorporate peer feedback by pairing students up to share their reflections with a partner. Encourage active listening and supportive feedback to foster a collaborative classroom culture.
  5. Goal Setting: Use reflection as a springboard for goal setting. Encourage students to set realistic and achievable goals based on their reflections and discuss strategies for achieving them.

Smartboard showing the Reflection slide.

I truly believe that incorporating Reflection into Morning Meeting is a great way to nurture students’ social-emotional development, promote self-awareness, and enhance learning outcomes.  I have seen it play out firsthand!  By providing students with structured opportunities to reflect on their experiences, celebrate successes, and set goals, we empower them to become resilient, lifelong learners.  I hope this gave you some ideas and you build in a Reflection time in your classroom!

For more information on Morning Meetings, check out related blog posts from this blog series:

Students sitting in a Morning Meeting circle      A boy and a girl giving a high five to greet each other.

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