Morning meeting

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The morning meeting isn't usually a time when things are decided. It takes place for 2 reasons:

  1. In Japanese culture, most of the decisions about what to do are pre-set and it is the job of teachers to carry out decisions that have already been made. The morning meeting is a time for everyone to announce in what ways they are carrying out the pre-set decisions.
  2. Because everyone works in the same office space, everyone needs to know what everyone else is doing each day. That way, if a phone call comes, there is no confusion. Also, if students need a teacher at any given time, it is important for everyone to have a good idea about where that teacher might be.

In my case (Rob) meetings happen at my school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If some event prevents the meeting from happening on either of these days, there is a make-up meeting on Wednesday or Friday.

After teachers announce to the main group what it is that they are currently working on, everyone splits into groups based on grade and class.

For each grade, there is a teacher appointed to be in charge of the grade. This teacher coordinates the break-out meetings. After this, there are homeroom teachers. These teachers coordinate the plans for students of any given class. After this, there are various other teachers that perform various other tasks as necessary. These teachers make sure there is no slack in the system and that everything is running smoothly.

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