is a research- and evidence-based approach to education that is associated with greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and improved school climate. It has been recognized by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as one of the most well-designed, evidence-based social and emotional learning programs. Center for Responsive Schools (CRS) offers Responsive Classroom on-site consulting services to schools and districts; workshops and institutes for educators in locations around the country; and numerous books, videos, and other resources for teachers and administrators.
Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based education approach associated with greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and improved school climate. Responsive Classroom practices help educators build competencies in four key domains—each of which enables and enriches the others:
Teachers create learning tasks that are active, interactive, appropriately challenging, purposeful, and connected to students’ interests.
Teachers nurture a sense of belonging, significance, and emotional safety so that students feel comfortable taking risks and working with a variety of peers.
Teachers create a calm, orderly environment that promotes autonomy and allows students to focus on learning.
Teachers use knowledge of child development, along with observations of students, to create a develop-mentally appropriate learning environment.
What is distinctive about the Responsive Classroom approach?
The Responsive Classroom premise is that the social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum because children learn best through social interaction. Our approach has several distinctive features, including:
- Morning Meeting (gathering as a whole class each morning to greet one another, share news, and warm up for the day ahead);
- Positive teacher language (using words and tone to promote children’s active learning and self-discipline); and
- A positive approach to student discipline
How does a school become a certified “Responsive Classroom School”?
We don’t officially certify “Responsive Classroom Schools.” However, we consider a school to have embraced the Responsive Classroom approach if:
- Every teacher in the school has had at least a full week of intensive training in fundamental Responsive Classroom practices; and
- The school leadership and staff are also receiving relevant training.
One of the most powerful things about the Responsive Classroom approach is that teachers and school leaders can develop and hone their practice over time. It’s not a one-time event. Rather, it’s an ongoing way to create a positive school climate that offers opportunities for adults as well as children to keep learning and growing.
Who supports the Responsive Classroom approach?
The Responsive Classroom approach is backed by a growing base of research showing that when teachers use the Responsive Classroom approach, students:
- Score higher on math and reading tests
- Feel more positive about schools, teachers, and peers
- Have better social skills and fewer behavior problems
The above information was taken directly from the Responsive Classroom website.
For more information go to: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/about-responsive-classroom