What distinguishes a Responsive Classroom?
If you stop by a Reponsive Classroom, the first thing you might notice is that it feels like a community. Teachers and children interact with ease and respect. It's a comfortable atmosphere—and it's obvious there's lots of learning going on as well.
Below are just some of the features that you might see:
• Welcoming features that draw children in, including children's names in many places, soft_________.
• Morning Meeting, where everyone gathers to start the day with greetings, sharing, a group activity, and a morning message.
• Posted rules that the students help create.
• Evidence of teacher-structured academic choices for students to do their work.
• Students engaged in a variety of academic activities.
• Students sharing their ideas through brainstroming, small and large group discussions, and reflections on their experiences.
• A wide variety of materials for students to use in varied ways.
• Students working independently.
• Students working collaboratively.
• Students' work is the primary focus of classroom displays.
• Furnishings that are flexible to accommodate large and small group interactions, as well as independent work.
• Places for relaxed work, for quiet and more formal work, for working on projects, and for taking time out.
• Labeled materials, equipment, and areas to help students find and return things independently.
• Posted hopes and dreams that the students have for their year.
• A list of songs, activities, and Morning Meeting greetings that the students have learned.
[Read more about Responsive Classrooms here: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/about/principles-practices/]
2007 - Fall Semester Ivy Tech (PreK)