I have found morning time in the classroom to be a busy, and exciting time. Many of the children have things they want to share with the teacher and the class and need time to have a chat. Sometimes children are almost bursting to tell someone their news.
Upon reflection, I believe a ‘weekly news’ setup could be a great way to ensure that those who want to share something are given the chance to be heard.
The ‘weekly news’ chart (much like a meeting agenda) would be on display for the entire week. Children have the opportunity to add one item each to the chart before midday Friday. At the end of the day on Friday, time could be allocated for ‘class news’ where each item is covered. If the classroom is equipped with an Interactive Whiteboard, an ipad could be wirelessly connected to it so that the children who are speaking are filmed and shown on the screen as they talk.
Children might like to share news (good or sad), stories, songs, performances, achievements, artwork, or learnings from the week.