Gather students into a circle and select one person to share a personal experience, achievement, or special belonging story. You can pull ideas for topics from the Quick Connection cards to elicit dialogue.
Next, have the speaker call on two or three peers to ask a question. It is important to have students address each other, rather than speaking only to you, the teacher.
Meet Up is designed to create an inclusive learning community, where students can join together for a daily “meeting.” During this time, students are given an open, yet facilitated, platform to share ideas and experiences, solve problems, and celebrate friendships. Meet Up allows students to learn more about others, as well as practice critical communication skills, including:
- Sharing with peers
- Expressing ideas
- Asking respectful, relevant questions
- Listening and responding appropriately
During Meet Up, children will also be learning ways to:
- Consider others’ feelings
- Problem solve
- Identify behavioral consequences
Begin and end each Meet Up the same way each time—for example, start with a fun greeting, like everyone giving each other high fives, and close with a fun routine from one of the Community Builder cards.
What’s My Role in Meet Up?
As the teacher, your role involves a combination of moderator, observer, role model, and facilitator. Your focus will be on:
- Facilitating inclusive relationships
- Improving interactions among students
- Encouraging listening and sharing
- Making thoughtful suggestions
- Redirecting conversations
- Providing consistency to problem solving
- Reinforcing Sanford Harmony goals