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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
"I teach in a middle school. Do you have strategies designed specifically for that setting?" We at Responsive Classroom hear this question a lot, and I'm pleased to announce that very soon we... Read More
Two students looking at a Class Memory Book
On Move-Up Day, a rite of passage for the children at my school, I tend to feel a bit wistful as the second graders I've been teaching head off to meet their new teacher, and I welcome next year's... Read More
Student thinking and looking at a white board
At the end of another school year, it's tempting to count the days left, wave goodbye to my class, pack up my room, and mentally check out for the summer. I've earned it, haven't I? But as the year... Read More
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Please join us on Monday, May 19, 2014, from 7:00–8:00 p.m. ET for the last scheduled Responsive Classroom Twitter chat of this school year. This online gathering will be a chance to share tips,... Read More
The Morning Meeting Book, 3rd Edition
Since it was first published in 1999, The Morning Meeting Book has been the go-to guidebook for hundreds of thousands of teachers who use this routine to promote a climate of trust, academic growth,... Read More
Students working together in a group
As we approached testing season, the already anxiety-prone fourth graders I teach began asking questions about test dates, format, and content. These signs of stress, combined with antsiness brought... Read More
Two students doing a Morning Meeting greeting
How can you keep the sense of comfortable routine while also varying Morning Meetings enough to keep students (and adults) interested and engaged? Greetings can set the tone for the whole meeting—and... Read More