• Key Terms

    1) Morning Meeting - a twenty to thirty minute daily routine used to begin the school day in elementary and middle school classrooms. Made up of four components (greeting, sharing, group activity, morning message), all classroom members gather in a circle to greet one another, to listen and respond to each other’s news, to practice academic and social skills, and to look forward to the events in the day ahead.

    2) Guided Discovery - a focused, purposeful, yet playful technique teachers use to introduce materials, areas, or activities for students.

    3) Academic Choice - children learn best when given choices about what they’re learning and plenty of opportunities to explore, to make decisions, to take risks, and to make mistakes. Academic Choice allows children to choose their learning activity within a range of choices structured by the teacher.

    4) Hopes and Dreams - teacher needs to provide guidelines and a vision of a classroom in which care, respect and responsibility matter. Then students can incorporate their goals into this vision.

    5) Modeling - a technique teachers use when they want to teach a very specific behavior. The teacher models a behavior for students, demonstrating appropriate actions and language. Students then also model, observe, discuss and practice the behavior.

    6) Role-playing - similar to modeling, role-playing is a dramatization technique that teachers use to help children “see” and think about social situations and appropriate ways of behaving within these situations

    7) Logical Consequences - a way of responding to misbehavior that is respectful of children and helps them take responsibility for their actions