Saturday, February 15, 2014

Creating a foundation for collaboration? Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Va. elementary school improves climate with responsive learning
An elementary school in Virginia has seen its discipline referrals cut in half after implementing a schoolwide responsive learning model, officials said. As part of the model, teachers spend 20 minutes at the beginning of class letting students talk about what is happening in their lives and then do academic-related ice-breaker activities, so students get to know each other. "It's more of a family atmosphere," fourth-grade teacher Tosha Weddle said. "We really teach the students to look at it as we're all in this together, like a community." The News & Advance (Lynchburg, Va.) (2/10)

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