This summer I attended a Responsive Classroom training for Middle School Teachers. Responsive Classroom is a research based approach to K-8 teaching that focuses on the link between academic success and social emotional learning. It incorporates proactive strategies to engage students and to help promote a healthy learning environment, centered around community building, mutual respect and intrinsic motivation.
This four-day workshop helped me gain the necessary tools I need to encourage autonomy for my students. We learned about responsive advisory meetings, effective teacher language, and logical consequences – all practices we intend to implement into the Middle School this year.
The good fellowship I encountered in this conference was contagious. Everyone was there with the same goal in mind: How can I become a better educator? The art of teaching is never ending, and I am thankful for these opportunities to help aid in personal and professional growth. I am eager to put my new practices into use and to see the positive changes not only within myself but in my students as well. It’s going to a great year!