How to Support a Guest Teacher During a Teacher’s Absence

Throughout the school year, there will be times when you will be absent. Whether your absence is planned or unexpected, prepare for these instances at the beginning of the school Read More »
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Six Strategies for Partnering With Families at the Start of the School Year

One of the most important predictors for students’ success in school, according to the nonprofit organization The Global Family Research Project, is family engagement (Weiss, Lopez, and Caspe 2018). So, Read More…
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How to Create Community with Classroom Rules

It’s that time of year again! You’re in a classroom with a whole new group of students. In all the excitement and commotion, you might be eager to create a Read More…
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The Importance of Setting Purposeful Goals With Students

In the Responsive Classroom approach, we often say that we start the year exploring hopes and dreams, or learning goals, with our students, but this exploration can only occur after Read More…
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Four Powerful Ways You Can Shift Your Teacher Language to Welcome Students

Starting the Year With Effective Teacher Language The skillful use of teacher language has the power to help create and maintain a positive, encouraging, and respectful classroom community, especially in Read More…
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The Secret to Student Success: Interactive Modeling

The secret to strong classroom management lies in predictable routines and procedures. From entering and exiting the learning space to managing materials to moments of transition, well-established routines and procedures Read More…
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Ten Ways to Set Up Your New Classroom for Success, Literally!

The physical space of the classroom plays a significant role in both the culture and community of your learning environment. In fact, I consider the space to be a third Read More…
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Everything You Need to Know to Use Morning Meeting at the Start of the School Year

Morning Meeting is an effective way to start any day throughout the school year, but it is especially impactful at the beginning of the year when you are looking to Read More…
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Everything You Need to Know to Use Responsive Advisory Meeting at the Start of the School Year

Responsive Advisory Meeting is a core component of the Responsive Classroom approach to middle school because it provides middle school students with the opportunity to explore new interests, practice new Read More…
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Five Things Every Teacher Should Do on the First Day of School

There is such a sense of potential that comes with the freshly sharpened pencils, organized supplies, and stacks of books waiting to be handed out at the start of a Read More…
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The Presenter’s Point of View: What other Responsive Classroom resources would you recommend for educators?

Few people are as passionate about, or well versed in, Responsive Classroom books, tools, and other resources as our course presenters. In this month’s final installment of The Presenter’s Point Read More…
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The Presenter’s Point of View: How has being a presenter impacted your own professional growth?

Presenters for our elementary and middle school courses introduce teachers to an approach that will help them grow as educators, but our presenters will be the first to tell you Read More…
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The Presenter’s Point of View: What advice would you give a novice teacher? What about an experienced teacher?

One of the more powerful aspects of attending a Responsive Classroom course is getting practical, actionable advice from an expert presenter. They have the unique ability to take a strategy Read More…
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The Presenter’s Point of View: What is the hardest part about infusing the Responsive Classroom approach into your own classroom?

It might be hard to believe, but our elementary and middle school course presenters were once themselves Responsive Classroom beginners. In this installment of The Presenter’s Point of View, they Read More…
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The Presenter’s Point of View: What is your favorite part of a Responsive Classroom course?

This summer, educators across the globe are beginning their Responsive Classroom journey by attending one of our core courses for elementary or middle school. These transformative four-day courses would simply Read More…
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Strategies for Creating a School-Life Balance During the Summer

This month, we have been connecting with our newest consulting teachers to discuss ways educators can fully appreciate their time away from school (you can read previous entries here and Read More…
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Tips for Finding the Right Place to Enjoy Your Summer

Last week, we sat down with our newest consulting teachers to discuss the activities that help them make the most out of their summers. But just as important as how Read More…
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Activities to Make the Most out of Your Summer

One of the main challenges educators face during the summer is how to take a step back from teaching to relax, recharge, and enjoy their vacation. From reflecting on the Read More…
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Summer Is the Time for Teacher Self-Care

Ah, summer! I take this time to reflect, rejuvenate, and rest!  I reflect on the past school year and the professional goals I want to set for the upcoming school Read More…
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Four Ways to Include Families at the End of the Year

As the year comes to a close, you have likely considered activities and ways to bring the year to a joyful end with students. The end of the school year Read More…
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Quick Ways to Recognize and Celebrate Every Student at the End of the Year

The end of the school year is always an exciting time—full of opportunities to celebrate and reflect. The students we met in August and September have grown in innumerable ways—they’ve Read More…
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Pause, Ponder, and Reflect: Six Ways to Celebrate School Year Success

The countdown to summer can be bittersweet as fond memories of activities, moments, and achievements from the school year intermingle with the excitement of summer’s many possibilities. As our minds Read More…
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Five Ways to End the School Year With Joy!

The end of the school year is approaching, and with it comes a flood of thoughts and emotions, from relief to reflection to anticipation of summer’s promise of rest. One Read More…
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Words Matter How to Reflect, Correct, and Project, by Jenni Lee Groegler Pierson

Words Matter: How to Reflect, Correct, and Project   We’ve all been there: that dreaded moment when words come out of your mouth before you have a chance to think Read More…
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Recover from Failure with a Dose of Self-Empathy, by Ramona McCullough

Recover from Failure with a Dose of Self-Empathy In my classroom, I encourage risk-taking and often reassure my students that making mistakes is an opportunity to learn. However, I do Read More…
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Relationships

Dr. Thomas L. Benson, a high school principal with twenty-six years of experience as an educator, shares the simple routines that create positive relationships between everyone in the classroom.   Read More…
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Valley of Voice

Teacher language can have a transformative effect not just on your students’ approach to learning, but on your relationship to teaching as well. In the poem below, Julie Kelly reflects Read More…
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