The Responsive Classroom
· The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum.
· How children learn is as important as what they learn; process and content go hand in hand.
· The greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.
· There is a specific set of social skills that children need to learn and practice in order to be successful academically and socially: cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control (CARES).
· 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.
· How we, the adults at school, work together is as important as our individual competence: lasting change begins with adult community.
· Morning Meeting: A daily routine that builds community, creates a positive climate for learning, and reinforces academic and social skills.
· Rules and Logical Consequences: A clear and consistent approach to discipline that fosters responsibility and self-control.
· Classroom Organization: Strategies for arranging materials, furniture, and displays to encourage independence, promote caring, and maximize learning.
· Guided Discovery: A format for introducing materials that encourages inquiry, heightens interest, and teaches care of the school environment.
· Academic Choice: An approach to giving children choices in their learning that helps them become invested, self-motivated learners.
· Reaching Out to Parents/Guardians: Ideas for involving parents or guardians as true partners in their children’s education.