•  Responsive Classroom


    The Seven Principles of The Responsive Classroom

    • The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum.
    • How children learn is as important as what children learn.
    • The greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.
    • There is a set of social skills that children need to learn and practice in order to be successful. They form the acronym CARES – Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, Self-control.
    • We must know our children individually, culturally, and developmentally.
    • All parents want what’s best for their children and we must work with parents as partners.
    • The principles of The Responsive Classroom must be practiced by educators in their interactions with each other, with the children, and with the parents.


    Responsive Classroom – Overview

         The Responsive Classroom at Rolling Hills combines a rigorous academic curriculum, based on practices which are developmentally appropriate, with a social curriculum that focuses on respect for one’s self, learning, and the school community. Morning Meeting, which occurs daily in each homeroom, builds mutual respect and develops positive class routines. Students are involved in all phases of the Responsive Classroom, so they feel both ownership and responsibility for the caring, learning environment in our school.

    Reprinted with permission from:

    Northeast Foundation for Children

    The Responsive Classroom

    71 Montague City Road

    Greenfield, MA 01201

    (800) 360-6322



    Time Out – Abuses and Effective Uses by Jane Nelsen and H. Stephen Glenn

    How to Talk So Kids Can Learn – by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (book and tape)

    Ways We Want Our Class to Be – Child Development Project

    Teaching Children to Care – Ruth Sidney Charney

    Habits of Goodness – Ruth Sidney Charney

    Time to Learn – Chip Wood

    Yardsticks/Children In The Classroom, Ages 4-14 – Chip Wood

    Off to A Good Start-Launching the School Year

    Familiar Ground –Traditions That Build School Community

    The Morning Meeting Book – Northeast Foundation for Children