School-Wide Bulldog Time

What is bulldog time?

Responsive Classroom Morning Meeting is an engaging way to start each day, build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success socially and academically. Each morning, students and teachers gather together in a circle for twenty to thirty minutes and interact with one another during four purposeful components:

  1. Greeting: Students and teachers greet one other by name.
  2. Sharing: Students share information about their thoughts, ideas, feelings, and important events in their lives.
  3. Group Activity: Everyone participates in a brief, lively activity that fosters group cohesion and helps students practice social and academic skills (for example, reciting a poem, dancing, singing, or playing a game).
  4. Morning Message: Students read and interact with a short message written by their teacher. The message is crafted to help students focus on the work they’ll do in school that day
  5. Schedule: Bulldog time is scheduled to be from 7:50-8:25 for all classrooms, every day. Students enter the building at 7:40 and report to breakfast or their classroom.
  6. Norms: Students will be taught clear expectations for BT. It will be purposeful and consistent.
  7. Enjoy: This time with kids is valuable for their development: social/emotional and academic. Students who are ready to learn, will learn.