Responsive Classroom Emphasizes Academic, Social, and Emotional Growth
This year, we have integrated the Responsive Classroom approach into grades K-8. Responsive Classroom emphasizes that how children learn is just as important as what they learn and that academic success is tied to building social-emotional competencies in children.
At Woodlynde, we develop our students not only as learners, but also as individuals. To that end, we have integrated the Responsive Classroom approach into grades K-8. Responsive Classroom emphasizes that how children learn is just as important as what they learn and that academic success is tied to building social-emotional competencies in children. With the Responsive Classroom approach, we are enhancing our safe, joyful, and nurturing environment that helps our students thrive.
One specific way in which Responsive Classroom is being used is in our Morning Meetings in grades K-5. Each morning, students and teachers gather in a circle and begin by greeting one another by name. They then each share information about important aspects of their lives while others offer empathetic comments or ask questions. Everyone then participates in a brief group activity that helps students practice social and academic skills, and the meeting concludes with students reading and interacting with a short message written by their teachers to help students focus on what they’ll do during the school day.
Woodlynde School is a private, co-ed college prep day school located in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that serves intelligent, talented students with learning differences in Grades K - 12. Woodlynde provides a comprehensive, evidence-based Kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school program in a challenging yet nurturing environment for students with average to above average cognitive abilities (IQ) who have language-or math-based learning differences (such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia or Dyscalculia), Executive Function Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or Auditory Processing Disorder. Even for those students without a diagnosed learning disability (LD), Woodlynde offers expert and caring teachers in small classroom settings that support academic success. Woodlynde School also offers a post-graduate (PG) program in partnership with Rosemont College as well as a regional Summer Camp for students who learn differently.