I attended a Responsive Classroom workshop, (a way of teaching that emphasizes social, emotional, and academic growth in a strong and safe school community) this past summer. I was excited about incorporating Hopes and Dreams, as well as other RC systems in my classroom this school year.
For the past three weeks, we have been working on learning school routines, class systems, and activities to foster kindness and mindfulness. We read books to help us discuss the sort of classroom we would like to be in and the ones we would not want to be in. I shared with the little ones that my intention for the school year was “joyous and harmonious”. Students came up with agreements that would support such an environment, and we eventually chose these five:
- Be kind and gentle
- Use inside voices
- Walking Feet
- S.L.A.N.T (sit up tall like a mountain, listen attentively, nothing in your hands and track the talker)
We then signed the classroom agreements and hung it in the class. We review them throughout the day, especially during transitions, which can be tricky!
Students also shared their Hopes and Dreams. The banners are beautiful representations of the little ones we work with, but also serve as reminders of our class goals and the work we need to do. Wishing you a joyous and harmonious school year.