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Social Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning at Armstrong: Responsive Classroom

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  • Our Approach

    At Armstrong, we believe how children learn is as important as what they learn. Additionally, we believe academic success is inextricably linked to building social-emotional competencies. 
    We take a holistic and systemic approach to social-emotional learning by employing Responsive Classroom principles and techniques to foster more developmentally responsive teaching, engaging academics, effective classroom management, and a positive community. 
    “Responsive Classroom is a student-centered, social and emotional learning approach to teaching and discipline. It is comprised of a set of research and evidence-based practices designed to create safe, joyful, and engaging classrooms and school communities for both students and teachers.” (

There are seven principles that guide this approach:

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    The social and emotional curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum.
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    How children learn is as important as what they learn.
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    Great cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.
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    To be successful academically and socially, children need to learn a set of social and emotional skills: cooperation, assertiveness, responsibility, empathy and self-control.
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    Knowing the children we teach - individually, culturally, and developmentally - is as important as knowing the content we teach.
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    Knowing the families of the children we teach is as important as knowing the children we teach. 
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    How we, the adults at school work together is as important as our individual competence: lasting change begins with the adult community.