The Responsive Classroom approach to teaching emphasizes academic, social, and emotional growth in a strong school community. We believe that how children learn is as important as what they learn, and that academic success is inextricably tied to building social-emotional competencies.
The four key domains of Responsive Classroom are:
Engaging Academics, Teachers create learning tasks that are active, interactive, appropriately challenging, purposeful, and connected to students’ interests.
Positive Community, Teachers nurture a sense of belonging, significance, and emotional safety so that students feel comfortable taking risks and working with a variety of peers.
Effective Management, Teachers create a calm, orderly environment that promotes autonomy and allows students to focus on learning.
Developmental Awareness, Teachers use knowledge of child development, along with observations of students, to create a developmentally appropriate learning environment.
Independent research has found that the Responsive Classroom approach is associated with higher academic achievement in math and reading, improved school climate, and higher-quality instruction. It has been backed by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)as one of the most “well-designed evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) programs”.