The staff at Waterville Primary has implemented the Responsive Classroom Approach to teaching and classroom management throughout the building. This evidence-based universal approach is focused on creating safe, joyful and engaging environments for students to grow academically and socially.
We are in the implementation phase of this approach, and we have chosen to focus on two specific teaching practices during the 2022-23 school year. Ask your child each day about:
This is a consistent time each day where students have the opportunity to practice social skills, build a sense of community as a class, and blend social and emotional learning with academic learning. The format of Morning Meeting includes 4 main components, which are completed in order:
Greeting: each student and staff member is greeted by name,
Sharing: students have the opportunity to share information with their peers/teachers and to respond in a supportive way to their classmates,
Group Activity: the class participates in a brief activity together to reinforce their learning and to boost their sense of community, and
Morning Message: students are presented with a daily message from their teacher designed to get them ready for a positive day of learning and to provide a smooth transition to work time.
Taking the time to participate daily in Morning Meeting promotes overall student success by allowing each of our students the time and space to feel significant and important. It helps to build and maintain a sense of belonging in the classroom environment and encourages students to have fun together!
As suggested by the name, Closing Circle takes place during the last 5-10 minutes of the school day and is designed to end the day on a peaceful and positive note. During this time, students participate in an activity which helps them to reflect on their day, to celebrate accomplishments, and/or to set personal goals for the following school day. As in all Responsive Classroom practices, Closing Circle promotes and reinforces a sense of belonging for each student and an overall positive class community!
We look forward to continuing to expand and grow in our implementation of Responsive Classroom practices. We have seen an incredible impact already on our students, staff, and families and we believe this approach will continue to have positive and lasting effects - both in and out of the classroom! For more information, visit the Responsive Classroom Website!