Capstone Project Title
Research has demonstrated that creating a child-centered classroom and implementing the Responsive Classroom Morning Meeting is integral to creating a classroom community. The curriculum designed for this project focuses on using Roxanne Kriete’s “The Morning Meeting Book” and other theories of co-operative learning to create a framework of a Morning Meeting to create a classroom community of self-directed learners. The project involved creating a diverse curriculum that engages students with classmates and their own learning through activities that expose them to both social and emotional skills and strategies but also academic skills, in an atmosphere that is non-threatening. The curriculum will primarily be used in a traditional elementary classroom, but could be adapted to work in secondary education as well. It was designed so that even educators with limited background or experiences can use the lessons effectively. The goal of the project is to help students create personal connections with each other and to take charge of their own learning by becoming self-directed. Another goal of the project is to create a welcoming and caring classroom community.
Character Education, Classroom Management, Community Building, Curriculum, Teachers/ Teaching
Zimmerman, Andi Jo, "How to Build a Classroom Community of Caring, Self-Directed Learners Through the Use of Morning Meeting in the First Ten Days of School and Beyond" (2019). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 418.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects