What do Morning Meeting Structures look like in Academy Advisory?

See below for the steps of the various days and descriptions for some greetings and activities. For more activity and greeting ideas, refer to the “Advisory Book” in Darlene’s office.

Advisory is currently 3 days a week, last period, for 40 minutes. The following information is based on that structure.

Basic Meeting Steps:

  1. Greeting

  2. News

  3. Share

  4. Activity

Examples:

  1. Greetings: Formal handshake, High five, foreign language, backwards name, invisible ball, warm wind blows

  2. News: General updates, reminders, house-keeping

  3. Themes for Shares:

A Goal-Setting Day: “Make a Goal Monday”

  • Students reflect on something academic they want to achieve in the coming week and explain to their advisory their plan to get it done. One student takes notes on everyone’s goals and plans.

    • Video example

A Talk Day

  • This share is a forum for students to discuss issues important to them both inside and outside of school.

    • Bullying

    • Gossip

    • Relationships

    • Health / Hygiene

    • Social Media

    • High School

    • Academic Independence/ Accountability

  • Video example

A Work Day

  • This period is reserved for advisors to confer with students about work, check iLearn, allow students to make up work, begin homework, read, meet with other teachers and other necessary academic activities.

4. Activities: Greetings your majesty, two truths and a lie, follow the leader, alibi, telephone and many others.

5. Arrangements: Students circle chairs and, after the first few weeks, advisory is student-planned and led. Set up a rotating list of partners to plan and lead Advisory each week.

Middle School Activities

Greetings your Majesty – One student sits in a chair facing away from the rest of the class as “Your Majesty.” One student at a time approaches “Your Majesty” without being seen and says, “Greetings your majesty,” while disguising their voice. If “your Majesty” guesses who the speaker is successfully, they remain “Your Majesty.” If not, the speaker takes their place.

Two Truths and a Lie – One student stands up and tells two truths and one lie about themselves. Then we all vote on what the lie was.

Follow the Leader – One student is chosen to leave the room. While they’re out, a “Leader” is chosen and starts up a movement (tapping head, shoulders, thighs) and everyone follows. The student is brought in and stands in the middle of the circle. The object is to change movements while the guesser tries to guess who the leader is.

Alibi – One student, who is the “Detective,” leaves the room while the rest decide who the criminal is. The criminal comes up with two accounts of what they were doing the night of the crime. Everyone else has to say the same alibi exactly the same for both rounds. Then the detective gets three tries to guess the criminal.

Telephone – Just the way you remember it!

Greetings – All greetings feature: Eye contact, students facing toward the person they are greeting, respectful address, including the proper name of the person being greeted, and appropriate physical contact.

Formal handshake -- Basic greeting with the added elements of firm handshake and formal tone

High five -- just like on TV!

Foreign language – Students choose a foreign language

Backwards name – Say the name of the person you’re greeting backwards when you greet them. For example, Dinko would be Oknid.

Invisible ball – First greet the person, then throw an imaginary ball (any size!)

Warm wind blows -- A mixer greeting. Take away one chair from the circle and have a student stand in the middle of the circle. Example: “A warm wind blows for anyone who ate ice cream this weekend.” Students who ate ice cream this weekend stand up and greet the others who stand up too. Then they sit in a new seat. Whoever doesn’t have a seat to sit in does the next, “A warm wind blows.” 3 or 4 rounds of this can mix up the group nicely.