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Responsive Classroom
The Responsive Classroom program focuses on developing each child's independence, increase their self esteem, and increase their learning through social activities, rule creating, meeting, academic discovery, and working together.  Responsive classroom focuses bringing social and academic skills together.   It's based on the ideas that children learn best when they are in an environment that is kind, safe, respectful, and predictable.  The activities, rules, teacher modeling, my language, and logical consequences help develop important skills.

We work on building a strong community by talking about student hopes and dreams and the rules our class needs so we can all reach our dreams.   I  explicitly help students learn classroom routines and expectations so they are not confused.   This helps the whole year run smoothly.  

We focus on building the following skills to help each child grow and the class to work together:
Cooperation
Assertion
Responsibility
Empathy
Self-control

Morning Meeting
Greeting: We greet each other in a friendly and cheerful manner.
Sharing:A few students share some interesting news or each student shares one word with the class.   
We then comment or ask questions.
Group Activity:We do an activity altogether to feel like a community.
Morning Message:Tells us about the day ahead.

As a whole group, we discussed why we need rules and voted on the top 4 rules we should have:
1. Be Respectful
2. Use a whisper or inside voice
3. Keep your hand to yourself
4. Try Your Best
5. Have fun

Students receive a reminder when needed and if they can not follow through then they may participate in these consequences:
Logical Consequences:
YOU BREAK IT, YOU FIX IT!
(An object or someone's feelings)
MISUSE IT, LOSE IT!
(Be responsible)
Take a BREAK or Rest Stop After 1 reminder, you will take a break away from the group.
This is a time to calm your mind and body so you can make better decisions.  When you return to the group, you'll be ready to learn and ask questions.  



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