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Mrs. MacQueen's Monday Musings

January 27, 2014wse012714

At Rivendell we take pride that our staff continues to use the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching and learning. This program is based on the premise that children learn best when they pair both academic and social-emotional skills in every day learning.

The Responsive Classroom approach consists of a set of practices that build both learning and behavior skills. One important aspect of Responsive Classroom is how we create a sense of community.
Each morning teachers and students begin the day with "Morning Meeting." This is time for students to greet each other and to share news. It also gives them an opportunity to review the day's schedule and prepare for what's ahead. Everyone is included in morning meeting and this is important to building good peer relationships and creating a safe classroom environment. Often times I walk around our school and join the classes. Attending these collaborative meetings has become one of my favorite parts of the day!

On alternate Mondays, the entire school comes together in Community Meeting where we model specific aspects of the Responsive Classroom like celebrating student achievements, appreciating those who help others, as well as recognizing the hard work of students and staff. This opportunity to spend time together helps us continue to create and foster a cohesive bond and grow as one, strong WES learning community.

January 27, 2014 Newsletter