Elementary Responsive Classroom
About Responsive Classroom Approach
The North Haven elementary schools have 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
- 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.