Importance of SEL: What is Responsive Classroom?
This school year Bricolage will roll out Responsive Classroom throughout our elementary school. Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based approach to elementary and middle school teaching that focuses on the strong link between academic success and social-emotional learning (SEL). It is a way of teaching that creates a safe, challenging, and joyful classroom and school-wide climate for all students. Developed by classroom teachers, the approach consists of practical strategies for helping students build both academic and social-emotional competencies. The four key domains of Responsive Classroom are engaging academics, positive community, effective management and development awareness.
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 described by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as one of the most “well-designed evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) programs”.
“Responsive Classroom has now become the foundation for our classroom and school culture. We want every student to possess a sense of belonging and with the support of Responsive Classroom teachers and staff now have a tool for creating something special for them to belong to.
There's a palpable shift in the love and respect for the community we all share in Bricolage. Responsive Classroom is a key piece in cultivating the creative, critical thinkers we want the students of Bricolage to become.” Michele Murphey, Bricolage Elementary School Principal.
The Responsive Classroom approach develops teachers’ competencies in four key areas:
- Engaging Academics—Teachers create learning tasks that are active, interactive, appropriately challenging, purposeful, and connected to students’ interests.
- Positive Community—Teachers nurture a sense of belonging, significance, and emotional safety so that students feel comfortable taking risks and working with a variety of peers.
- Effective Management—Teachers create a calm, orderly environment that promotes autonomy and allows students to focus on learning.
- Developmentally Responsive Teaching—Teachers use knowledge of child development, along with observations of students, to create a developmentally appropriate learning environment.
To learn more about Responsive Classroom visit their website.