SJCS is using the Responsive Classroom approach to teachings. This past year, almost all of teachers and staff participated in the training. We have made Responsive Classroom the foundation of our learning community. Our commitment to Responsive Classroom comes from the shared belief that social curriculum is equal in significance to academic curriculum. The Northeast Foundation for Children promotes the Responsive Classroom’s fundamental principles and practices, and SJCS follows the seven Guiding Principles:
The six teaching practices used in a Responsive Classroom are:
A strong school community is central to SJCS and building the relationships that drive learning. Students, families, and faculty share a sense of place, ownership, and connection in our SJCS Community. Daily classroom morning meetings, whole school T’fillah , and use of common language for expectations and rules, serve and support our community in numerous ways. We also build community through bringing buddy classes together. Our primary classes have an older buddy class that joins for special events, for activities, or in joining class meetings.
This year we will use Responsive Classroom techniques to continue developing the core values that make us a strong school; Kavod – kindness, Hinuch – learning, where students do their best to learn and support others in their learning, Tikkun Olam – repairing the world, and Tikkun Middot – repairing ourselves.
Mary Grace Lentz, Kindergarten General Education Teacher