P An approach to teaching and learning that brings together social and academic learning throughout the day
P Social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum
P best learning takes place when the school environment that is kind, safe, respectful, and predictable
What are the 10 classroom practices that are at the heart of Responsive Classroom?*
Morning Meeting—gathering as a whole class each morning to greet one another, share news, and warm up for the day ahead
Rule Creation—helping students create classroom rules that allow all class members to meet their learning goals
Interactive Modeling—teaching children to notice and internalize expected behaviors through a unique modeling technique
Positive Teacher Language—using words and tone to promote children’s active learning and self-discipline
Logical Consequences—responding to misbehavior in a way that allows children to fix and learn from their mistakes while preserving their dignity
Guided Discovery—introducing materials using a format that encourages creativity and responsibility
Academic Choice—increasing student motivation by differentiating instruction and allowing students teacher-structured choices in their work
Classroom Organization—setting up the physical room in ways that encourage independence, cooperation, and productivity
Working with Families—hearing families’ insights and helping them understand the school’s teaching approaches
Collaborative Problem Solving—using conferencing, role-playing, and other strategies to engage students in problem-solving
· from www.responsiveclassroom.org
“Bucket Filling program”
· Children will receive Hi-fives for filling each other’s buckets
* What is Bucket Filling?
Actions or words that show that you care about someone. Saying or doing something kind. Giving someone a heartfelt smile. Using names with respect. Helping without being asked. Giving sincere compliments. Showing respect to others. There are hundreds of wonderful ways to fill buckets. The language of bucket filling has become synonymous with being kind and thoughtful. Your bucket will be filled when, at the close of each day, you reflect on the ways in which you have filled buckets.
What is Bucket Dipping?
Making fun of someone. Saying or doing unkind things. Refusing to help. Failing to show respect or being intentionally disrespectful. This is a partial list of ways in which it's possible to dip into another's bucket. Another is bullying, the behavior that has become the essence of bucket dipping. It is very important that we learn to understand the motivation for these behaviors.
Note: It is also dipping when we unintentionally dip into another's bucket with a thoughtless word or careless action. These are small and should be repaired with a swift, sincere apology.
· Each month will be dedicated to a pillar
· The guidance counselor will send home monthly information about the pillars