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Responsive Classroom

About Responsive Classroom Approach

 

Montowese along with the other elementary schools has adopted the Responsive Classroom Approach.  For further information please go to www.responsiveclassroom.org

 

Teaching practices are based upon:

  • Our best knowledge of how child/children learn developmentally, culturally, and individually
  • Awareness that social and academic learning go hand in hand
  • The belief that all children want to learn and can learn

Guiding Principles

 

  • The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum.
  • How children learn is as important as what they learn: process and content go hand in hand.
  • The greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction
  • To be successful academically and socially, children need to learn and practice specific social skills. Five particularly important skills are cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy and self-control (often referred to in the Responsive Classroom approach with the acronym CARES).
  • Knowing the children we teach-individually, culturally, and developmentally- is as important as knowing the content we teach.
  • Knowing the families of the children we teach is as important as knowing the children we teach.
  • How we, the adults at school, work together is as important as our individual competence: Lasting change begins with the adult community.

 

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