10 Classroom Practices

Responsive Classroom Approach

1. Morning Meeting
I believe having a daily morning meeting is a great way to build a positive
classroom community. Morning meetings are a great opportunity to allow
students to share experiences relevant to them outside of school. By
allowing students this opportunity, it allows other students to learn more
about their peers. Morning meeting promotes social skills while being
purposeful. It also enforces the levels of respect for one another along with
that safe and welcomed classroom environment. The morning meeting is
also a great way to deliver any special messages that are relevant to that
day and allows a period of time for a questions/answer session from the
students to ease any burning questions they may have. Morning meeting
provides a great transition between students coming through the door in
the morning and getting them focused for the academic learning day.

Activities for Morning Meeting

2. Rule Creation
Making and enforcing rules are a vital classroom management technique to
maintain a positive and welcoming classroom community optimal for
learning. Allowing the student to help create these rules will help them to
obey and reinforce them. When students help create classroom rules and
expectations, they are providing their input as to what they want to see in
the classroom. It helps to hold students accountable and responsible.
Teachers should fill in any gaps as necessary to make a solid list of
classroom rules. This list should also be posted in the classroom so it is a
visible reminder to students.

Read-Alouds for Rule Creation

Rules for Classroom Management

3. Interactive Modeling

Interactive modeling teaches children to notice and internalize
expected behaviors by observing, practicing, and doing the behavior
themselves. Interactive modeling engages the students and cements
the desired behavior or learning process as a routine.

What is Interactive Modeling?

Interactive Modeling

4. Positive Teacher Language
Using positive language as a teacher helps to promote positive
behaviors in the classroom. Choosing positive choice words, as well as
an appropriate tone, will encourage children’s active learning, a sense
of community, and self-disciple. Common language techniques to use
in the classroom are reinforcing, redirecting, and reminding language
to maintain professionalism and respect with students.

Reinforcing, Reminding, and Redirecting

Positive Teacher Language Videos

5. Logical Consequences
Teachers must respond to misbehaviors in a way that allow children to fix
and learn from their mistakes while preserving their dignity. Logical
consequences are actions in which are directly related to a specific
behavior. For example, if a student is running down the halls and the rules
are to walk, the student will be asked to stay in for two minutes at recess to
and walk the same route in which the student was running vs. having them
have a time out or standing in the back of the line. Logical consequences
should not be a form of punishment, but instead it is a consequence in
which the student can be reminded what went wrong and how fix it for the
future. Having students fill out their own behavior reflection thinking map
will also help student digest what happened, why it happened, and a logical
consequence for their actions.

Additional Information for Logical Consequences

6. Guided Discovery
Guided discovery is a technique to introduce classroom materials using a
format that encourages independence, creativity, and responsibility.
Guided discovery can introduce new materials to children and allow them to
explore the tool to see what it can be used for and how to use it properly.
Guided Discovery intentionally encourages children to offer ideas, apply
them, and share the results of their work with others, which stimulates
their imagination. This also encourages their peer’s opinions for the future
use of the material.

Videos for Guided Discovery
Teaching Grammar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6GI57jz7hg

Additional Information for Guided Discovery
Favorite Guided Discoveries:
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7. Academic Choice
Providing students choices is a great way to engage students and promote
independent accountability. Although choices are teacher driven, the
structured choices allow flexibility and lets students adapt their own
interest and/or learning styles into what best suits their academic success.
Academic choices can be as easy as using their preferred method of
coloring; crayons, colored pencils, and/or markers. Academic choice helps
students become more engaged because it becomes more purposeful for
them as well. Providing a “bingo” map for a journaling activity with a
variety of choices ranging in difficulty and letting students choose their
“bingo” is a great way to offer choices, yet promote higher level thinking

1000+ Ideas for Choice Boards

Responsive Classroom

8. Classroom
Creating a classroom that promotes students’ independence,

cooperation, and productivity is essential. Classroom design can be
challenging, but I feel it is important to create a space where I can
see the kids at all times, and they have access to me at all times. It is
important to think about the different stations throughout the room
for individual, small group, and large group work areas. Creating
designated places for materials in clearly labeled bins or tubs will
help make your classroom run smoothly. Having a personal space is
necessary for teaching only information/material, but it is also
important to limit boundaries to maintain a positive classroom

My Pinterest Board for
Classroom Design

Classroom Architect
Outline your floor plan with
your actual classroom dimensions.


9. Working With
Family involvement greatly impacts student success. Teachers must
provide as many avenues as possible to maintain an open communication
stream between home and school. It is just as important to educate
parents/families as it is the student. Parent or guardian involvement ranks
very high on my teaching philosophy. Creating an open door, email, phone,
classroom policies will only help but encourage family involvement.
Teachers can provide parent volunteer opportunities within the classroom
to invite parents into the classroom. Weekly newsletters should be sent
home so families are aware of what students did over the past week and
what they will be doing the following week. Providing as many
opportunities to involve families into their child’s education will only
encourage a more powerful learning experience for their children. Data
binders are a great way to keep parents up to date on their child’s
academic progress.

Parent/Teacher Communication
Responsive Classroom

10. Collaborative Problem

It will be inevitable that there will be problems to solve in our classroom.
Having a structured plan for tackling issues will hopefully help to making
the problem solving experience go much smoother. Using a collaborative
problem solving technique uses conferencing, role playing, thinking maps,
and one on one talks to resolve problems. Guidance from the teacher will
be essential, but involving the student will help them understand the
problem, ways to resolve the problem, and how they learned from it.

Center for Collaborative
Problem Solving
Dr. Ross Greene
Rethinking Challenging Kids