Seven principles guide the Responsive
• The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum.
• How children learn is as important as what they learn: Process and content go hand in hand.
• The greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.
• To be successful academically and socially, children need a set of social skills: cooperation, assertion, 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 and working with them as partners is essential to children's education.
• How the adults at school work together is as important as their individual competence: Lasting change begins with the adult community.
Watch a video (wmv) developed by Glen-Worden Elementary School teachers about the Responsive Classroom model for the school's Curiosity Showcase. To watch this video, you must have a video-playing software like Windows Media Player or Quicktime installed on your computer.