Responsive® Blog

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
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