Responsive® Blog

How do you refer to the students in your class when addressing them? At first glance, this may seem like a trivial issue; but consider how many times throughout the day we speak to students to get... Read More
Two students writing at a desk
Not long ago, my second grade classes started pen pal projects. These weren't your usual pen pal ventures where children write to students in another state or country. These had a twist. In our... Read More
Come Hear Dr. Darrell Johnson Speak at Our Leadership Conference
Innovative. Progressive. Passionate. These three words I feel capture the essence of a valued educational leader whom I've known for many years now—Dr. Darrell Johnson, Superintendent of... Read More
The beginning of the school year is a time for building relationships. I purposefully plan morning meetings, energizers, and other activities so students get to know each other and so our class... Read More
Teacher and students sitting in a morning meeting circle
It's hard to believe that the school year is upon us. I remember the excitement—and apprehension—I felt as I made my lesson plans for the first weeks of school. One of the things I was most excited... Read More
Where are you when students arrive in the morning? At your teacher desk looking at paperwork from the office? At the projector setting up a video you'll be showing later that morning? I like to... Read More
In my newsletter article, "School Gatherings: Build Community, Boost Learning," I talk about the power of school gatherings. Over the years I've taught in a variety of settings—and no matter... Read More
Students putting supplies away
My second grade class sits cross-legged on the rug. It is the first day of school, and I'm introducing a classroom tool that the children will be using today and all year. "What is this?" I ask as I... Read More
Two students talking about writing
It's still summer, but I'm thinking ahead to winter. I'm picturing writing workshop time mid-way through the year: Students are busy at the computers, working with an intensity that's balanced by... Read More
Responsive Classroom and PBIS
"Are Responsive Classroom and PBIS compatible with each other? Can our school use both?" We at Responsive Classroom hear this a lot from educators. If you're hearing the same from colleagues, or if... Read More
Responsive Classroom Leadership Conference logo
What are you doing this October 27–28? Because I want to invite you to Chicago for the annual Responsive Classroom Leadership Conference. It's the one time of year when you can be in the same... Read More
Introducing: Energize Your Meetings!
If you've ever taken a Responsive Classroom course, you'll recognize some of the interactive learning structures in Energize Your Meetings!, a new Responsive Classroom book devoted to making staff... Read More