180: Morning Meetings and Closing Circles with Monica Dunbar

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Are you looking for new ways to build connections and boost the confidence of your students?

In this episode, we are talking all about morning meetings and closing circles.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you’re in for a treat.

My friend Monica Dunbar recently wrote a book all about how to start implementing them in your classroom to increase student engagement and create a positive learning community, so she’s joining us to tell us all about it!

She breaks all of this down, makes it really practical, and gives you easy to implement activities so that you too can have fantastic, well-organized morning meetings and closing circles.

Monica is an enthusiastic educator with a passion for making connections with her students. Her love of education has led her to teach in the Canadian Arctic; creating educational materials for teachers around the world; and sharing her opinions, insights, and experiences on her blog at www.iheartgrade3.com. When not in the classroom, Monica enjoys being at home with her husband, three children, and their lovable Samoyed, Nova. Most of her free time is spent at nearby arenas, with a cup of warm coffee in her hands, watching her children chase their dreams of Olympic gold medals and NHL stardom.



In Today’s Episode We Discuss:


  • Morning Meetings and Closing Circles What a morning meeting is
  • Deciding what you want to accomplish with your students
  • Making connections with your students
  • The importance of helping your kids get more comfortable
  • How to tie morning meetings to curriculum
  • What type of activities you can include
  • How closing circles differ from morning meetings
  • Making morning meetings and closing circles work in virtual classrooms


If you’re like me and you want to learn absolutely everything you can about this, you have to check out Monica’s book, Morning Meetings and Closing Circles: Classroom-Ready Activities That Increase Student Engagement and Create a Positive Learning Community.

Monica makes everything so easy to follow and gives tons of ideas to get started!

Don’t forget to also check out her TpT resources linked below as well!


Resources Mentioned:

Purchase Monica’s Book: Morning Meetings and Closing Circles

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