This year, MIS is implementing the Responsive Classroom approach in all classrooms to strengthen the IB physical, social, and emotional curriculum. Teachers have spent time in professional development learning about responsive classroom. This time included learning about the language used with students, how to structure classes to best support student needs, and activities that enhance the development of a safe, inclusive and supportive classroom.
“The Responsive Classroom approach to teaching emphasizes academic, social, and emotional growth in a strong school community. We believe that how children learn is as important as what they learn, and that academic success is inextricably tied to building social-emotional competencies. We provide K-8 educators with practical training and resources to help create safe and joyful classrooms and schools where children can thrive.
Independent research has found that the Responsive Classroom approach is associated with higher academic achievement in math and reading, improved school climate, and higher-quality instruction. It has been backed by theCollaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as one of the most “well-designed evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) programs”.”
-Taken from About Responsive Classroom
Learn more about Responsive Classrooms from this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTfZSVlkKaE