Responsive® Blog

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
"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