responsive classroom being used at scotia-glenville's elementary schools

The Responsive Classroom is an approach to elementary teaching that emphasizes social, emotional, and academic growth in a strong and safe school community through a variety of common classroom practices, such as a morning meeting, student-designed rules and encouraging independence and creativity. The goal is to strengthen student learning.


Seven principles guide the Responsive Classroom approach:

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.

Check out more about Responsive Classroom.


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