The Responsive Classroom approach is informed by the work of educational theorists and the experiences of exemplary classroom teachers. Seven principles guide this approach:
The social and emotional curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum.
How children learn is as important as what they learn.
Great cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.
To be successful academically and socially, children need to learn a set of social and emotional skills that include cooperation, assertiveness, responsibility, empathy, and self-control.
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 the adult community.
~from the Responsive Classroom website
We start each day by gathering for morning meeting. We greet one another, share news, and get ready for the day ahead. This helps us ease into the school day and make a smooth transition from home to school.
We end each day with a Closing Circle. We use this time to reflect and to celebrate successes.