Responsive Classrooms


    Responsive Classroom is an evidenced-based approach to teaching and learning that focuses on the strong link between academic success and social-emotional skills. A core belief of Responsive Classroom is that a high-quality education for every student is built on a foundation of a safe, strong, and joyful school community.

  • Core Belief

    In order to be successful in and out of school, students need to learn a set of social and emotional competencies - cooperation, assertiveness, responsibility, empathy, and self-control - and a set of academic competencies - academic mindset, perseverance, learning strategies, and academic behaviors.


    Guiding Principles

    1. Teaching social and emotional skills is as important as teaching academic content.

    2. How we teach is as important as what we teach.

    3. Great cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.

    4. How we work together as adults to create a safe, joyful, and inclusive school enviornment is as important as our individual contribution or competence.

    5. What we know and believe about our students - individually, culturally, developmentally - informs our expectations, reactions, amd attitudes about those students.

    6. Partnering with families - knowing them and valuing their contributions - is as important as knowing the children we teach.

    (Introduction to Responsive Classroom, Resource Book 2016)


    Imagine a sucessful school : 

    - Established "norms" that are "owned" by everyone related to what we believe and how we treat one another.

    - Shared belief that EACH student can learn well, thrive and contribute to the community.

    - Our curriculum and instruction must be grounded in relevant and meaningful learning and critical and creative thinking.