Quick and Easy Morning Meeting Greetings for Busy Teachers

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Teachers – do you find yourself pressed for time during Morning Meeting? It can be hard to fit it in to your already jam packed day! These greetings I’m sharing today are super quick and easy and will not add too much time to your Morning Meeting routine.

Greeting is one of the quickest parts of the Morning Meeting routine, but also one of the most important.  Every child in our classrooms needs to feel valued and seen every day.  For some of our students, the first time they hear “good morning” is when they arrive at school.  Morning Meeting Greeting gives everyone a chance to feel important and feel welcomed at school.  I can’t stress enough how important it is and how it can help start everyone’s day off in a positive way.

That being said, I know it can sometimes seem easy to just skip the greeting.  It’s quick, the kids won’t miss it, I don’t have time for one more thing…but I want you to keep in mind the importance and also – it doesn’t have to take a long time….it doesn’t have to be complicated.

To help save you time in the classroom and still focus on this important component, here are 8 quick and easy Morning Meeting greetings you can use.

Morning Meeting Greetings #1 – Handshake

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Learning how to properly handshake is an important lifeskill and one you can teach during Morning Meeting. For this greeting, students look each other in the eye, shake hands, and say “Good Morning___.”

Morning Meeting Greetings #2 – High Five

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Another simple greeting – I like to do have my students do the High Five greeting on Fridays. Instead of students saying, “Good Morning,” to each other they say, “Happy Friday!” I call it Happy Friday High Five greeting.

Morning Meeting Greetings #3 – Combine Share and Greeting

To kill 2 birds with 1 stone, I will sometimes combine the share and greeting component of Morning Meeting. For example, our share question might be – what’s your favorite recess activity and why? Instead of going around the circle to share, students will share as the greet. They will find a student, say good morning, and then share their response to the share question.

Morning Meeting Greetings #4 – Fist Bump

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Students love giving a fist bump as a greeting. Students will have about one minute to go around and great as many people as they can. They will give them a fist bump and then say, “Good morning!”

Morning Meeting Greetings #5 – Elbow Bump

This greeting is similar to the fist bump, but great for cold and flu season lol. Instead of bumping fists, students will bump elbows as they greet each other.

Morning Meeting Greetings #6 – Toe Tap

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This is another great kinesthetic greeting! Students will greet each other by tapping shoes and then saying, “Good Morning!”

Morning Meeting Greetings #7 – Foreign Language Greeting

Students greet each other using a foreign language. For example, Buenos dias Matt,  Bonjour Cindy, etc. If your schools offers opportunities to learn different languages in specials, this can be a great time for students to practice.

Morning Meeting Greetings #8 – Silent Greeting

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This is a favorite of all teachers! For silent greeting, students have to figure out a way to silently greet each other. Sometimes students will do a finger wave, regular wave, mouth the words, or an air high five.

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