20 Morning Message Ideas to Get Your Day Started on the Right Foot

Take time to ponder questions that go beyond the curriculum.

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Posting a morning message is a perfect way to engage your students the minute they walk through the door. Answering a question with no right or wrong answer allows learners to discover and articulate what’s important to them and supports their social-emotional growth. Not only that, the questions can spark important conversations that bring your community together on a deeper level. Here are some of our favorite morning message ideas teachers are using to connect with their students. 

1. What is your focus this week?

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A Brand New Week is always a good time to think of things DIFFERENTLY. ❤️This week, What can you do differently in order to be a stronger student and a more supportive classmate and friend?❤️ . . Providing kids time to reflect on a Morning Message can help to build self awareness, the awareness of others, as well as set the tone in your classroom. . . From supporting people even if they are not proud of what they are doing ( my perfectionists will welcome this❤️)to looking at others for who they are on the inside rather than the outside, to being a stronger theater student and showing their wild side in free dance😂, these meaningful responses are just some of the ways we’re going to do things differently this week!#itsthelittlethings #selebrateyou . . . . . . #teachers#teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #teachersofig #teachersofinsta #teacherspayteachers #schoolcounselor #igteachers #responsiveclassroom #thursdayvibes #teacherlife #weareteachers #socialemotionallearning #morningmotivation #morningmeeting #positivemindset #momsofinstagram #mindsetmatters #positiveparentingchallenge #setthestagetoengage #bedifferentbeyou #beyourbestself #elementaryteacher #makingadifference #morningmessage#growthmindset#momsofinstagram

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A brand new week is always a good time to think about things differently. 

2. What makes you unique?

What unique characteristics make you, you?

3. What will you choose to do today?

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It’s CHOOSEDAY TUESDAY!!🙌What will you choose to do today? What will you choose to be? From choosing to recognize the good in others’ efforts to choosing to think before speaking to choosing to be open minded to remembering the Power of Yet, cooking for the family to even choosing to remember to blow my nose more so I can breathe better!! 😂, these kids are making strong choices, practicing self reflection, and building their self awareness on CHOOSEDAY TUESDAY!🙌 What do you choose to do or be today?#selebrateyou#itsthelittlethings . . . . . . #teachers#teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #teachersofig #teachersofinsta #teacherspayteachers #teachersoftpt #igteachers #iteachtoo #familyactivities #teacherlife #weareteachers #socialemotionallearning #morningmotivation #morningmeeting #tuesdaymotivation #happyclassrooms #positiveparenting #teacherssupportteachers #setthestagetoengage #classroomfun #learningisfun #elementaryteacher #choices #morningmessage#growthmindset#goalsetting #selfawareness

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How will you determine your own course?

4. What do you see when you gaze at the sky?

Take a closer look at the big wide world around you. 

5. What is meaningful to you?

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My kindness and courage, my stuffed animals, my school, making movies even if they never get on tv, the Power of Yet, reading, studying, learning SEL from Mrs. C.❤️, Taekwondo and my friends. These are just a few of the THINGS that we won’t ever give up❤️ . . What about you?😊 . The kids love IT’S THINGS TUESDAY! They share the first THING that comes to their mind. There’s never a right or wrong answer. It’s about digging deep into their self awareness😊 . . Sometimes, you won’t believe the THINGS they come up with!😍#itsthelittlethings . . . . . . #teachers#teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #teachersofig #teachersofinsta #teacherspayteachers #teachershare #igteachers #iteachtoo #thinkoutsidethebox #teacherlife #elementaryschool #socialemotionallearning #morningmotivation #morningmeeting #tuesdaymotivation #happyclassrooms #positiveparenting #teacherssupportteachers #momsofinsta #classroomfun #learningisfun #elementaryteacher #familyfun #morningmessage#growthmindset#pricelessmoments #creativethinking

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Dig deeper into your self-awareness. 

6. How can you be a good friend today?

Because community is important. 

7. Sometimes friendship is hard. 

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What Will You Do Wednesday was the perfect day to address a friendship scenario that some kids are currently experiencing. . . We had a guided discussion and practiced active listening while brainstorming ideas, strategies and solutions to improve the situation. . . Working through scenarios that kids can relate to and ones that they actually experience are so important to their social emotional growth. . . Kids aren’t instinctively self and socially aware, and modeling helps strengthen their self management, responsible decision making, and relationship skills. . . Kids are empowered when they know their voice will be heard and their thoughts will be validated❤️ Providing them a safe space to grow in these areas is key. . #socialemotionallearning . . . . . . #teachers#teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #teachersofig #teachersofinsta #teacherspayteachers #teachersoftpt #igteachers #selfawareness #teacherssupportteachers #teacherlife #weareteachers #teachershare #morningmotivation #morningmeeting #wednesdaymotivation #happyclassrooms #happystudents #positiveparenting #setthestagetoengage #schoolcounselor #learningisfun #elementaryteacher #momsofinsta #morningmessage#growthmindset#anchorcharts#responsiveclassroom#internationaleducation

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Thinking out strategies and solutions ahead of time helps avoid painful situations. 

8. Where do you travel in your dreams?

Dream big. 

9. What makes you feel proud of yourself? 

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“I'm On Top of the World" Tuesday is another favorite Morning Message! It gives the kids an opportunity to share and SELebrate the moments that build their self esteem and make them proud 🙌😊 . . SELebrating big and little moments like riding a roller coaster, making the soccer team, mastering a difficult violin song, and eating brussel sprouts without getting sick 😳🙌 make “I’m On Top of The World”’Tuesday a great way to start the day!! Give it a try!! . . What's your biggest accomplishment, proudest moment, or biggest fear that you conquered?? 😊#selebrateyou #ontopoftheworld . . . . . . #teachers#teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #teachersofig #teachersofinsta #teacherspayteachers #teachershare #igteachers #iteachtoo #thinkoutsidethebox #teacherlife #itsthelittlethings #socialemotionallearning #morningmotivation #morningmeeting #tuesdaymotivation #happyclassrooms #selfawareness #teacherssupportteachers #proudmoments #classroomfun #learningisfun #elementaryteacher #relationshipsfirst #morningmessage#growthmindset#setthestagetoengage #beproudofyourself

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Celebrate the moments that build self-esteem. 

10. What makes you feel loved?

Discover your love language. 

11. What would your story be?

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It’s THINGS Tuesday and this one was for all my Harry Potter fans (every single student!😉) . From being the smartest and best at spells to turning into a bird to not fighting dragons, there are a lot of THINGS we’d do differently if we were Harry Potter! #itsthelittlethings #selebrateyou . . This morning message engages the kids the minute they walk in the door. It gets them critically thinking and it sparks instant conversation among everyone.😊 Working on a resource to share with all of you. Stay tuned! . . . #teachers#teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #teachersofig #teachersofinsta #teacherspayteachers #teachershare #igteachers #iteachtoo #thinkoutsidethebox #teacherlife #elementaryschool #socialemotionallearning #morningmotivation #morningmeeting #tuesdaymotivation #happyclassrooms #selfawareness #teacherssupportteachers #harrypotter #classroomfun #learningisfun #elementaryteacher #familyfun #morningmessage#growthmindset#thinkoutsidethebox #creativethinking

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Put yourself in the main character’s shoes and rewrite the story. 

12. Flip a coin and share a thought. 

Penny for your thoughts.

13. How will you grow this week?

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It’s Make A Shift Monday, which means we are focusing on making changes to be more productive this week.😊 From organizing my backpack to trying to arrive to homeroom on time to getting up earlier, getting homework done faster and saying, “Ha-Ha” you can’t stop me when something gets hard for me🙌, we have some specific shifts happening this week! . Helping kids to strengthen their self management and to focus on making responsible decisions are the goals for this Monday Morning Message. #itsthelittlethings #selebrateyou . . . . . . #teachers#teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #teachersofig #teachersofinsta #teacherspayteachers #schoolcounselor #igteachers #teachertribe #mondaymotivation #teacherlife #weareteachers #socialemotionallearning #morningmotivation #morningmeeting #positivemindset #momsofinstagram #mindsetmatters #positiveparenting #setthestagetoengage #newweeknewgoals #selfawareness #elementaryteacher #teacherssupportteachers #morningmessage#growthmindset#momsofinsta#elementaryteacher#lifeskills

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What can you shift to be more productive?

14. We don’t say we can’t. We say “not yet.”

One of the cornerstones of growth mindset. 

15. If you had a superpower, how would you change the world?

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It’s Tell Me About It Tuesday!😊 . Tell me, Tell me…If you could choose one super power to change the world, what would it be? . . The kids had lots of super powers they would activate if they could! ❤️The ability to bring happiness to everyone…the ability to teleport to help people all over the world…the ability to understand and communicate with animals…the power to create energy to help the environment…the ability to shapeshift into a book and teach kids to read…❤️ . . What super power would you choose? I would choose The Power of Yet😉Once activated, it’s a true super power!!! . . . . . #teachers#teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #teachersofig #teachersofinsta #teacherspayteachers #teachershare #igteachers #iteachtoo #tellmeaboutit#teacherlife #elementaryschool #socialemotionallearning #morningmotivation #morningmeeting #tuesdaymotivation #happyclassrooms #positiveparenting #teacherssupportteachers #momsofinsta #classroomfun #learningisfun #elementaryteacher #ilovemystudents #morningmessage#growthmindset#responsiveclassroom #creativethinking

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Widening the scope on how we can use our gifts. 

16. How many teeth do you have?

Hey, it’s a big thing when you’re six!

17. What’s your interpretation?

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“All the goodness of a good egg cannot make up for the badness of a bad egg.” What do these Wise Words mean to you? . It’s Wise Words Wednesday!❤️ We had fun discussing these wise words AND reading the brand new book that my kids were anxiously awaiting…A Good Egg by Jory John and illustrated by Pete Oswald! 😍 A fun and engaging story that had my kids making all kinds of connections! . . They learned that it’s okay for us not to be perfect all the time. It’s also okay if others aren’t perfect all the time. 😊 Like one student said: Don’t get stressed because some things are just not in your circle of control! ❤️ . . The Good Egg sparked lots of great conversations and reminded us to strive for excellence not perfection. 🙌 A great story to build self management, self and social awareness! #itsthelittlethings #selebrateyou . . . . . . #teachers#teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #teachersofig #teachersofinsta #teacherspayteachers #schoolcounselor #igteachers #childrensbooks #kidlit #teacherlife #weareteachers #socialemotionallearning #wednesdaywisdom #morningmeeting #wordsofwisdom #momsofinstagram #happystudents #positiveparenting #setthestagetoengage #picturebooksofinstagram #elementaryeducation #elementaryteacher #picturebooks #morningmessage#growthmindset#momsofinsta

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How does it resonate for you personally?

18. What is your favorite part of this season?

What makes you happy in this time and place?

19. What is important to you?

The things you want more of reveal your priorities. 

20. What do you love about your classmates?

What are the gifts of the people in our community?

Do you use morning messages? Come and share your favorite morning message ideas in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook. 

Plus, why social emotional learning matters.

20 Morning Message Ideas to Get Your Day Started on the Right Foot

Posted by Elizabeth Mulvahill

Elizabeth Mulvahill is a passionate teacher, writer and mom who loves learning new things, traveling the globe and everything Zen.

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