Responsive Classroom Explained

Kindergarten Teacher Jessica Craig shares a quick overview of Responsive Classroom and how it's used in Flint Hill's Lower School.

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TRANSCRIPT: Hello, I'm Jessica Craig and I teach kindergarten here at Flint Hill School.

I'm bringing you today's Tuesday Tip from my classroom. I'm going to share with you about the Responsive Classroom approach and how we use it here in the Lower School with our students in junior kindergarten through fourth grade.

Responsive Classroom is an approach for teaching and learning that emphasizes the importance of social and emotional growth for academic success. Our Lower School teachers are all trained in this approach, which guides our planning and use of teacher language to foster students’ sense of belonging, significance and fun.

Responsive Classroom principles are a key part of building relationships here in our Lower School. Each day begins with Morning Meeting, where students greet one another, share about themselves and practice active listening. Students take an active role in developing their classroom rules as a community by setting goals and thinking about in which ways they will need to interact with one another in order to achieve these goals.

Students take part in ongoing reflection throughout the school day, allowing them to think deeply about their learning and their interactions with others. These reflections inform future goals and help students positively problem-solve. Lower School Morning Meeting allows each student to take on a leadership role as they facilitate or share at our Lower School morning meeting for the broader Lower School community.

The Responsive Classroom approach helps our teachers create safe, joyful and engaging classroom communities where students develop strong social and academic skills and every student can thrive.

Interested in Responsive Classroom principles? Learn more about how it works.