Many of our teachers have been trained in the Responsive Classroom approach for teaching and learning. The underlying belief of Responsive Classroom is that it is important to know children culturally, individually, and developmentally. Academic learning happens best within a positive context and helps children develop positive social skills. Through this approach we strive to balance the needs of the individual with the needs of the community.
What are the guiding principles of Responsive Classroom?
Every classroom engages in Morning Meeting first thing in the morning. Morning Meeting gives children a consistent time and place every day to explore and practice social skills and to merge social, emotional and intellectual learning. During Morning Meeting, students gather in a circle for twenty minutes at the beginning of the school day and proceed through four sequential components.
Mary Grace Lentz, SJCS Kindergarten General Studies / Student Support Specialist