The third grade teachers and A2STEAM as a school community use a combination of principles and practices from both the Responsive Classroom approach and well as PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports). We will also use the MindUP curriculum this year to help students increase focus and calm themselves when feeling frustrated or anxious.
Responsive Classroom is an approach to teaching that emphasizes the principle that the social curriculum is as important as the academic one. The goal of this approach is to establish a safe, caring, positive, and supportive environment in which all students can learn. This is done through routines such as Morning Meeting and Closing Circle. As teachers, we will also use logical consequences when students are off-task so that students learn and practice positive and effective classroom behaviors. As a school community, we value the importance of whole-school consistency in behavioral expectations.
One aspect of PBIS is teaching and reinforcing explicit and clear expectations in all areas, including in the cafeteria, on the playground, at assemblies, and in the hallways. We therefore post our expectations for behavior in the classroom as well as in all of these shared community spaces.
MindUP is a new socio-emotional curriculum we are implementing full-scale this year that teaches social and emotional learning skills. It links cognitive neuroscience, positive psychology and mindful awareness training utilizing a brain centric approach through it’s bi-weekly lessons, and mindfulness exercises.