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The Responsive Classroom approach is a research-based approach to education that is associated with greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and improved school climate.  It emphasizes teaching children to take care of themselves, each other, and the school environment so that everyone can learn at his/her best.  Our classroom is a responsive one.

There are seven principles that guide this approach:
  • The social and emotional curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum
  • How children learn is as important as what they learn; Great cognitive growth occurs through social interaction
  • To be successful academically and socially, children need to learn a set of social and emotional skills that include cooperation, assertiveness, responsibility, empathy, and self-control
  • Knowing the children we teach—individually, culturally, and developmentally—is as important as knowing the content we teach
  • Knowing the families of the children we teach is as important as knowing the children we teach
  • Lasting change begins with the adult community
  • How we, the adults at school, work together is as important as our individual competence
One way we can work together is to support your child with common, positive language. Here's a snapshot of some such language that we commonly use in the classroom to reinforce, remind, and redirect students.

Problem Solving Language:  
You are showing that...
What I heard you say is...
Am I correct in thinking...
Tell me more about...
What do you mean, when you say...
This is hard for you...
How did it make you feel when...

Reinforcing Language:
I noticed...
I saw...
You were...

Reminding Language:
Show me...
Tell me...
Remind me...

To learn more about our Responsive Classroom/Responsive Schools model, please visit our school's Responsive Schools webpage.  To dive deeper into learning about the Responsive Classroom model, visit: responsiveclassroom.org.


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