As we all know students and teachers crave a certain amount of predictability and routine in the school day, especially at the start of the day. The format of morning meetings provides this predictability while allowing room for variations and change. Meetings reflect the style and flavor of individual teachers and groups. They also reflect the ebb and flow of a school year’s season-like right now is December’s pre-vacation excitement. I adjust the morning meetings from the design of my smart board to the context of the activity. That helps a lot to clam the students down while maintain the spirit of the holiday at the same time.