The Responsive Classroom approach is based on the principle that children  learn best when they possess both academic and social-emotional skills. The guiding principles of the Responsive Classroom approach are: 

            1. The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum. 

            2. How children learn is as important as what they learn:

                Process and content go hand in hand. 

            3. The greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction. 

            4. To be successful academically and socially, children need a set

                of social skills: cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy,

                and self-control. 

            5. Knowing the children we teach-individually, culturally, and

                developmentally is as important as knowing the content we


            6. Working with the families of the children we teach is essential

                to their education.

          Components of Responsive Classroom include morning meeting, rule

          creation, logical consequences, guided discovery, classroom

          organization, interactive modeling, collaborative problem solving,

          positive teacher language, and working with families.


About Responsive Classroom

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