Responsive Classroom


What is Responsive Classroom?
It is a widely used, research-backed approach to elementary education that increases academic achievement, decreases problem behaviors, improves social skills, and leads to more high-quality instruction.  To learn more check out their website at:

What’s distinctive about the Responsive Classroom approach?
The Responsive Classroom is a general approach to teaching, rather than a program designed to address a specific school issue. It is based on the premise that children learn best when they have both academic and social-emotional skills. The Responsive Classroom approach consists of a set of practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies and that can be used along with many other programs. 

What are logical consequences?
It is responding to misbehavior in a way that allows children to fix and learn from their mistakes while preserving their dignity.
The three logical consequences taught at Rowe School are:
1. You abuse it, you lose it
2.  Loss of privilege (Take a break)
3.  You break it, you fix it (Feelings too)

What does it mean if my child had to "Take a Break" in school?
Take a break is also referred to as a positive time out!
Take a break is a strategy taught to ALL students at Rowe school.  It is used to help children learn self-control. 
A child who is disrupting the work of the group is told to take a break in the designated spot (each classroom or area in the school has a different spot). 
This gives the child a chance to regain composure and rejoin the group when they are ready.  Take a break is modeled for the students and explained in a way so
they know it is not punitive.  Taking a break is a way to get their minds and bodies ready for learning when they have forgotten the rules.  We even tell students
that sometimes teachers need to take a break too!  If your child comes home and tells you they had to take a break, you do not need to "punish" them for this.  Simply
listen to what they are telling you, see if they understand how their actions were keeping them from learning, and perhaps help them to set a goal for the next day!