Engaging Students Hearts and Minds in a Responsive Classroom
- April 20, 2017
- Posted by: Yorktown Education Team
- Category: Innovation in the Classroom
The idea that social-emotional growth and academic improvement are equally important and that learning occurs through social interaction is the result of what’s known as the Responsive Classroom. It’s an approach that promotes pro-social behaviors.
Studies in the concept of Responsive Classroom have proven to raise academic achievement, improve teacher-student interactions, and promote high quality instruction in studies.
Responsive Classroom Components basically consist of the following; however, variation on the concept is sometimes necessary and a degree of flexibility is considered appropriate.
Morning Meeting goals set the tone for respectful learning, establish trust and help students feel that they are significant, and develop empathy and collaboration skills. Students are invited to ask clarifying questions or empathize with their peers. Then social or academic skills are practiced often in the form of a game or dramatization. Finally, students read and respond to a short “morning message” that helps them focus on the academic agenda of the school day.
Rules and Logical Consequences empower children to develop their own internal locus of control to be responsible for their behavior and choices they make.
Guided Discovery teaches children about the responsible use and care of materials. Guided discovery helps children understand accountability and understand the value of resources they are privileged to use and share.
Academic Choice incorporates student opportunities for choice into the daily routine of the classroom. Helping students to focus on ‘doing what they love’ brings them closer to making clearly-defined choices in their studies and support their long term goals.
Classroom Organization includes active areas and displays in the physical space, as well as a mix of individual, group, and whole-class discussion. When students understand the value of organized thinking they are better equipped to make good decisions, whether working alone, in groups or within a class environment.
Reaching Out to Parents and Guardians is a viable channel of communication. When parents are instructed to understand the end game goals of a responsive classroom, they are an advantage to the student and the process.
Yorktown Education is committed to the full educational experience of our students, both in their academics and special interests. We serve bright, curious children who are ready to learn and parents who desire to have their children explore in a responsive environment rather than simply conform. Each student has an opportunity to lead, create, explore and socialize in an atmosphere of respect and cooperation, enhancing their level of achievement.