Responsive Classroom

The Responsive Classroom

The Responsive Classroom approach to teaching and learning fosters safe, challenging and positive classrooms and schools. This approach consists of teaching practices that bring together social and academic learning throughout the day. 

One underlying belief of the Responsive Classroom approach is that it is important to know children individually, culturally, and developmentally. Another underlying belief is that academic learning happens best within a positive social environment; therefore, much attention is paid to helping children develop social skills. 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 (CARES).

At Wicoff we support and encourage the use of the Responsive Classroom approach in the classrooms and around the school. This approach helps to promote a positive school climate, and also encourages a strong connection between home and school. 
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