Our Classroom is a Responsive Classroom with Whole Brain TeachingAll of the rules below are practiced using hand-gestures and are referred to throughout the school day.Rule 1: Follow directions quickly.Rule 2: Raise your hand for permission to speak.Rule 3: Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat.Rule 4: Make Good Choices.Rule 5: Keep your learning environment Happy.I have had extensive training in this approach to teaching along with teaching in a Responsive Classroom School for 3 years. Over the past 12 years, I have continued this approach to teaching at Woodrow Wilson School and have met great success with it."The Responsive Classroom is an approach to elementary teaching that emphasizes social, emotional, and academic growth in a strong and safe school community...the Responsive Classroom approach is based on the premise that children learn best when they have both academic and social-emotional skills."
Whole Brain Teaching is a highly interactive form of instruction that delivers information to students in short “chunks.” Kids then teach what they have just learned to their partners, using hand-gestures to help remember specific vocabulary. While students teach each other, the teacher walks around the room to discover who understands the lesson and who needs more instruction.
Research shows that children retain more information when they have an opportunity to put it into their own words and use gestures to emphasize key instructional units ...plus, it’s amazingly fun!