Student Life

Social Emotional Learning

Responsive Classroom

An approach to classroom management that emphasizes academic, social, and emotional growth.
The goals of using this approach are to foster more developmentally responsive teaching, engaging academics, effective classroom management and positive community.

There are seven principles that guide this approach:

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  • 1.

    The social and emotional curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum.
  • 2.

    How children learn is as important as what they learn.
  • 3.

    Great cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.
  • 4.

    To be successful academically and socially, children need to learn a set of social and emotional skills: cooperation, assertiveness, responsibility, empathy and self-control.
  • 5.

    Knowing the children we teach - individually, culturally, and developmentally - is as important as knowing the content we teach.
  • 6.

    Knowing the families of the children we teach is as important as knowing the children we teach. 
  • 7.

    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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  • Our Approach

    At Armstrong, Responsive Classroom approaches will be used by faculty and staff to provide a strong, consistent foundation for classroom instruction and positive school culture. 

    The Responsive Classroom approach to discipline includes both proactive and reactive steps. Proactive steps include all the things we do to set students up for success and constitute most of our work as teachers. 
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