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Responsive Classroom

One common thread that joins all grades is Responsive Classroom, a dynamic approach designed by the Northeast Foundation for Children that addresses both the academic and social/emotional development of children, as they are wholly connected. Responsive Classroom addresses both the first and last 20 minutes of the day, during which children engage in sharing, listening, processing academic directives, assessing themselves as individuals (e.g. “What have I done today to add value to another person’s life?”), creating bonds and building community, receiving edification from teachers and other adults, and centering themselves in preparation for the next day. The approach also establishes during the first six weeks of school clear procedures, classroom rules, easy and independent student access to materials and works in process, and clear expectations that all students help create and own. Established at HFS in September 2009, Responsive Classroom has proven to be a vital component to the health and well-being of our HFS community.