How we begin our morning sets the tone and our attitude for the day. Why not make certain your students are starting their day off on the right foot? Morning huddles are a powerful way to create a positive classroom/clinic floor culture where your students feel safe, motivated, and ready to learn.
The concept behind hosting a morning huddle is reminiscent of what football teams do; it’s your opportunity to bring your “team” of students together to get everyone on the same page and prepared for their day.
To help implement morning huddles into your daily classroom routine, let’s review our Morning Huddle Playbook:
- Keep your morning huddles short, sweet, and to the point (no longer than 15 minutes).
- Greeting – Set the tone and model the process by welcoming, thanking, and encouraging students to welcome each other.
- Celebrate – Recognize students’ accomplishments from the prior day. Remember, what gets praised and rewarded will get repeated.
- Sharing – Have students share (1) accomplishment from their prior day and (1) goal for their current day.
- Morning Message – Share with your students the overall daily objectives and/or focus. Examples include, school specials/promotions, value-added services, featured product of the day, etc.
- Get Them Pumped-Up! – Close your huddle by getting your students “pumped” for the day! Try a fun school chant or share a motivational quote.
Morning huddles are intended to be informative, inspiring, and upbeat. Consistency is key, once you commit to implementing them into your school’s daily routine, they will quickly become a morning ritual that will have a huge impact on your school’s culture and will help set up your students’ day for success!