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What is Responsive Classroom?

  • What/Why?  Responsive classroom is a program designed to increase social skills, establish positive classroom climate, increase learner investment and independence, and decrease disruptive behaviors.


    7 Principals of Responsive Classroom

    1. The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum.
    2. How children learn is as important as what they learn.
    3. The greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.
    4. The social skills children need for academic success are represented by C.A.R.E.S
      1. Cooperation
      2. Assertion
      3. Responsibility
      4. Empathy
      5. Self-Control
    5. Know the children we teach is as important as know the content we teach.
    6. Knowing the families we teach is as important as know the children.
    7. How we, the adults at the school, work together is as important as our individual competence.


    How? Ten Teacher Practices of the Responsive Classroom

    1. Morning Meeting
    2. Creating Rules
    3. Interactive Modeling
    4. Teacher Language
    5. Logical consequences
    6. Guided Discovery
    7. Academic Choice
    8. Classroom Organization
    9. Working with families

      10.Collaborative Problem Solving

    Click through these ten teacher practices on the right hand side of this page starting with Morning Meeting.