Sibley Elementary offers a rigorous curriculum focused on ensuring attention to both the academic and social development of our students.
Responsive Classroom Principles
The Seven Principles of The Responsive Classroom | Adapted from Time to Teach, Time to Learn by Chip Wood
1. The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum. The balanced integration of the two is essential to social and academic growth. This requires teachers who are skilled and knowledgeable and who are given support for their attention to the complementary sides of learning.
2. How children learn is as important as what they learn. The key is in the balance between content and process. Knowledge cannot be attained if the instructional process is too laissez-faire or too constrictive. Teacher-directed learning and student-initiated learning are both important.
3. The greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction. Social interaction does not provide the only cognitive growth because children are learning when they are reading a book, taking a test or completing a worksheet on their own. However, children are learning the most when they are engaged with each other. It is important, therefore, to know just what they are doing and talking about in order to facilitate cooperative learning most productively.
4. There is a specific set of social skills that children need to learn and practice in order to be successful academically and socially. They can be remembered by the simple acronym C.A.R.E.S. These skills are cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy and self-control.
5. Knowing the children we teach is as important as knowing the content we teach. The better we know the children individually, culturally and developmentally, the more they will learn. The scientific and academic discipline of the teaching profession is child development.
6. Knowing the families of the children we teach is as important as the children we teach. Family involvement is essential to children’s education. I dream that every parent could share their hopes and dreams for their children at the beginning of the year.
7. How the grown-ups at school work together is as important as our individual competence. How we are with each other is as important as how we are with the children. Meaningful and lasting change for the better in our schools requires good working relationships. Children are always watching.