Responsive Classroom at BYDS

What an amazing first three days of the 21-22 school year! I want to welcome our over 45 new families whose very first week this is at BYDS! We are so happy to have you and your children join our community.

Over the last few days, I have had the privilege of seeing our students of all ages engaged and eager to learn. The classrooms and playgrounds have been filled with friends reconnecting and building relationships with new friends.

Throughout the school year, you will have opportunities to hear and see innovations and initiatives that continue to enhance our program. One such update is the adoption of the Responsive Classroom approach which stresses the importance that social-emotional development plays in academic success. Ask your child about morning meeting!

Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based approach to teaching and discipline that focuses on engaging academics, positive community, effective management, and developmental awareness. 

While this approach looks different in each grade level throughout Early Childhood and Elementary, it is based on common principles and practices:

Morning Meeting – The classroom gathers in a circle every morning and follows a specific order of activities: greeting, sharing, group activity, and morning message.

Interactive Modeling – An explicit practice for teaching procedures and routines (such as those for entering and exiting the room) as well as academic and social skills (such as engaging with the text or giving and accepting feedback).

Teacher Language – The intentional use of language to enable students to engage in their learning and develop the academic, social, and emotional skills they need to be successful in and out of school.

Logical Consequences – A non-punitive response to misbehavior that allows teachers to set clear limits and students to fix and learn from their mistakes while maintaining their dignity.

Brain Breaks/Energizers – Short, playful, whole-group activities that are used as breaks in lessons.

We look forward to sharing more with you throughout the year.

Shabbat Shalom

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