I practice the Responsive Classroom strategies to help manage children's behavior. These strategies proactively teach positive behaviors and create a strong community. The strategies also manage behavior when needed. The information below is from the responsive classroom website.
Core Belief Children need to learn a set of social and emotional competencies—cooperation, assertiveness, responsibility, empathy, and self control—and a set of academic competencies—academic mindset, perseverance, learning strategies, and academic behaviors. Guiding Principles The Responsive Classroom approach is informed by the work of educational theorists and the experiences of exemplary classroom teachers. Six principles guide this approach:
Teaching social and emotional skills is as important as teaching academic content.
How we teach is as important as what we teach.
Great cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.
What we know and believe about our students—individually, culturally, developmentally—informs our expectations, reactions, and attitudes about those students.
How we work together as adults to create a safe, joyful, and inclusive school environment is as important as our individual contribution or competence.
Partnering with families—knowing them and valuing their contributions—is as important as knowing the children we teach.
Interactive Modeling—An explicit practice for teaching procedures and routines (such as those for entering and exiting the room) as well as academic and social skills (such as engaging with the text or giving and accepting feedback).
Morning Meeting- an engaging way to start each day, build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success socially and academically.
Teacher Language—The intentional use of language to enable students to engage in their learning and develop the academic, social, and emotional skills they need to be successful in and out of school.
Logical Consequences—A non-punitive response to misbehavior that allows teachers to set clear limits and students to fix and learn from their mistakes while maintaining their dignity.
Interactive Learning Structures— Purposeful activities that give students opportunities to engage with content in active (hands-on) and interactive (social) ways.
My primary goal for the children is to have fun and be respectful. We build a community where the kids show love and empathy towards each other.
I let kids be kids. We jump in puddles, make mud pies, have loud music for dancing and build snow forts.