The Responsive Classroom Approach. September 2009. T he Responsive Classroom Approach. Teaching that emphasizes social, emotional and academic growth in a safe school community • Consists of practical strategies for helping children build academic/social/emotional skills
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The Responsive Classroom Approach September 2009
The Responsive Classroom Approach • Teaching that emphasizes social, emotional • and academic growth in a safe school • community • • Consists of practical strategies for helping • children build academic/social/emotional skills • • Guided by certain guiding principles and • classroom practices
Responsive Classroom Guiding Principles • To be successful academically and socially, children need a social skill set; C.A.R.E.S. Cooperation Assertion Responsibility Empathy Self-Control • the greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction • how children learn is as important as what they learn: process and content must be linked
Classroom Practices • Morning Meeting: Demonstration • Rule Creation • Logical Consequences • Interactive Modeling • Positive Teacher Language • Guided Discovery • Academic Choice • Classroom Organization • Working with Families • Collaborative Problem Solving
Interactive Modeling • Describe behavior • Demonstrate behavrior • Ask what students noticied about that behavior • Ask student volunteers to demonstrate the same behavior • Ask what students noticed abou that behavriour • Students practice and teacher observes and coaches.
Hopes and Dreams and Rules • Teacher shares hopes and dreams • Children share • Generate rules together -that show respect and caring for self, others, environment • Display rules, carry rules • Tie the rules to hopes and dreams
Morning Meeting • Greeting • Sharing • Group activity • Morning message • www.mcmediaplayer.com/
Logical Consequences • Respectful • Relevant • Realistic • TYPES: • You broke it , you fix it • Loss of a privilege • Positive Time Out
Positive Teacher Language • Reinforcing language • Reminding Language • Redirecting language
Resources • Respsonsiveclassroom.org • Origins0nline.org
Next Steps/How to Implement • Goal: To ensure that all staff adopt the Responsive Classroom approach and language • throughout the building. This will further the consistency in climate and • expectations between our classrooms and the school at large. • • Strategies: • • Formal book study group involves a group of classroom teachers • • Displays of Responsive Classroom information and terms throughout building • • Character Education program: Middle Hope Elementary “Super Citizens” • • Principal’s Advisory Committee • • Building – wide Morning Meeting • • Use of consistent expectations and hand signals at lunch/recess, assemblies • • Communication with parents: bulletin board, newsletters, website • • Meet and greet sessions with teachers during the summer