Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Thought, care and planning avert chaos

60 First Graders, 4 Teachers, One Loud New Way to Learn ...It's hard to tell what the thinking was for this experiment in learning in Brooklyn, but my first thought was that it seems chaotic, and not very well planned. 

"The school stresses student independence over teacher-led lessons, scientific inquiry over rote memorization and freedom and self-expression over strict structure and discipline."  Laudable goals that Parker teachers could agree with, but our teachers pull it off with careful planning and considerable finesse.

Responsive Classroom gives our teachers a consistent framework for establishing caring classrooms, allowing all children to learn.  With a basis in respect, learning knows no bounds! 

2-3's are pictured here with a Growing Friend from Rensselaer County ARC, learning together about being human.

2-3 teacher Lynn says,    
Getting acquainted with new people—and further, with individuals who have physical and cognitive differences—can be awkward. You would have been so impressed with how gentle, positive, and helpful each child was...Everyone agreed we had gotten to know Renee, Connie and Jessica better. We are all learning how to interact, when to help, when to stand back, and how to keep conversations going with new people. I was so very proud of every child in this classroom.  

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