• Responsive Classroom
     
     
    During the summer of 2010, Teachers and Principals in grades Kindergarten through Grade five have learned about how to create a classroom and school-wide community, as well as a responsive environment for parents. This type of community promotes a feeling of belonging, so that school is meaningful, but also enjoyable! This training was called the "Responsive Classroom."
     
    WHAT DOES RESPONSIVE CLASSROOM MEAN?
     
    A responsive classroom and school strive to teach each student to value learning and develop a student who "C.A.R.E.S.": Students who Cooperate, Assert themselves, are Responsible, Empathetic, and have Self-Control. Our hope and Dream is to create a school where every classroom reflects the positive academic and social growth of your child.
     
    WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
     
    School is about learning our ABC's, Math, Science, etc. But it's also about learning life skills like cooperation, sharing, respecting rules, and having fun! It's about getting to know themselves, as learners and accepting how others learn too.
     
    WHAT YOU WILL SEE...
     
    We will be asking about your child's hopes and dreams for the school year and we will be helping them to meet their goals.
    Rules will exist. Students will be expected to help create those rules for the classroom and then to follow them. Each classroom will develop rules based on student goals. These classroom goals will then be used to develop school-wide rules. Rules are not any good if they don't have a purpose. The purpose of our rules will be to provide a safe learning environment so that they can reach their potential, their hopes and dreams! Students will also participate in "NEW" or "REMODELED" activities like Morning Meeting and Greetings.
     
    WHAT TERMS YOU WILL HEAR...
    • Morning meetings
    • Hopes and dreams
    • Greetings
    • Sharing
    • Fun songs and activities
    • Classroom rules
     
    HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS YOU MAY ASK YOUR CHILD...
    • Tell me about morning meeting.
    • What do you do at morning meeting?
    • What are your hopes and dreams?...My hopes and dreams for you are...
    • What do you do to say hello to your classmates?
    • How do you greet an adult?
    • What did you share during morning meeting?
    • Tell me about a new song (activity) that you learned.
    • What is one of your class (school) rules?
    Our goal is to help children believe in their ability to create a caring learning environment. The ideas we learned about at the responsive classroom training will help us reach this goal. We look forward to a school year where your child feels that they are an important part of a community of learners and have fun.

    Download the Responsive Classroom Fact Sheet.
     
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