Responsive® Blog

Students at recess
“What’s the group game today?” That’s the question I keep hearing from my students as we walk out to recess. It’s Mrs. VanDyke’s day to lead the group game, and several students cheer when they hear... Read More
It's 1:30 in the afternoon, and our class is preparing for language arts block. Recess and lunch seem like hours ago, and we still have an entire content area left to teach. As my co-teacher and I... Read More
2015 Responsive Classroom Leadership Conference (RCLC) in Chicago
Since the Responsive Classroom Leadership Conference (RCLC) in Chicago, I've been doing a lot of reflecting on the shared passion and purpose of educators committed to leading the implementation of... Read More
Students sharing
In my conversations with teachers I hear a common concern about Morning Meeting at this time of year—how to move forward with sharing. Teachers have long lists of varied ideas for greeting and... Read More
Students in PE sitting on the floor
Starting on the first day of school, students wait excitedly at the door for PE to begin. And as soon as they see me, they always pepper me with questions: "What are we doing today?" "Can we... Read More
We're packing up and getting ready to head out to the 2014 Responsive Classroom Leadership Conference! Our online registration ends Friday, October 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. ET, but if you happen to be... Read More
Responsive Classroom Leadership Conference
For those of you who have been thinking about attending, but haven't yet registered, I hope you can join us in Chicago on October 27 and 28. And for those of you who are already signed up, I'm... Read More
Sometimes a few little numbers can tell a great big story. That's the case with the changing numbers of disciplinary referrals at Palmyra-Macedon Primary School in Palmyra, NY. When the... Read More
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