We use the Responsive Classroom approach in our classroom.
The mission of Responsive Classroom is to help classrooms become a caring community in which socialization is just as important as academics!
Every morning we will have a Morning Meeting. It has many purposes, it serves as a good transition from home to school, it helps children feel welcome, encourages cooperation and improves communication skills.
The Morning Meeting has four components:
Greeting: Children greet each other by name with handshakes, clapping, etc.
Sharing: Each child will have a designated share day to bring something in to help us learn about the child (family pictures, trophies, etc, not toys!)
Group Activity: The whole class does a short activity together, game, poem, dance, song, etc.
News and Announcements: Students develop language skills and learn about the events of the day or respond to a question.
The "Star of the Week" is also highlighted at the Morning Meeting and their special events for the week take place at this time.
The Seven Beliefs of Responsive Classroom:
1. The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum.
2. How children learn is as important as what children learn.
3. The greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.
4. There is a set of social skills that children need in order to be successful academically and socially.
5. Knowing the children we teach is as important as knowing the content we teach.
6. Knowing the parents of the children we teach is as important as knowing the children.
7. Teachers and administrators must model the social and academic skills which they wish to teach their students.