Each day before we begin our program we get together in a circle. I share any news of the day and changes in our schedule. Sometimes we do a quick review of spelling words or share journal stories. At the end I ask for announcements. When that is done, I ask for problems. This gives the kids each day an opportunity to share their stories in an organized way and to cooperatively help with some problem solving. It eliminates the need to come in the class and want my immediate attention to tell me something. They know they'll get the chance during Morning Meeting which frees me up to get started right away on attendance and lunch count. The kids know that announcements and problems need to be current, so you don't get into stories that happened last year.