ERIC Number: ED411964
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Off to a Good Start: Launching the School Year. Excerpts from the Responsive Classroom Newsletter No. 1.
Northeast Foundation for Children, Greenfield, MA.
Comprised of excerpts from the Responsive Classroom Newsletter, this book details practices for use during the beginning of the elementary school year to build a foundation for a successful school year. Chapter 1, "The First Six Weeks of School: Building the Foundation for a Successful Year" (Ruth Charney and Marlynn Clayton) introduces the social curriculum focusing on ethical behavior, classroom management, and group building. Chapter 2, "Be Nice! and Other Classroom Rules: Creating a Caring Community with Children" (Ruth Charney) presents guidelines for developing classroom rules, including a fifth grade classroom constitution. Chapter 3, "Rules Grow from Our Hopes and Dreams" (Marlynn Clayton and Chip Wood), discusses developing, modeling, and supporting rules in the responsive classroom. Chapter 4, "Activities for Building Community in Your Classroom" (Marlynn Clayton), presents activities for various grade levels to acquaint students with one another, build a sense of classroom community, and develop new friendships. Chapter 5, "Let's Do Lunch!" (Marlynn Clayton), makes suggestions to enhance the lunchroom environment, including advocating for cafeteria reform. Chapter 6, "Guided Discovery: Teaching the Freedom to Explore" (Ruth Charney), presents the guided discovery process to teach work and social habits, skills, and concepts. Chapter 7, "The Responsive Classroom Environment" (Marlynn Clayton), contains suggestions for effective visual displays in the classroom. Chapter 8, "Reaching Out to Parents" (Chip Wood and Mary Forton), deals with developing a healthy partnership between school and family. Finally, chapter 9, "When Parents Visit the Classroom" (Marlynn Clayton), discusses how the responsive classroom meets goals for parent visits. (KB)
Descriptors: Bulletin Boards, Class Activities, Display Aids, Educational Environment, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Ethical Instruction, Friendship, Group Dynamics, Group Unity, Lunch Programs, Parent Participation, Social Development, Student Adjustment, Student Needs, Transitional Programs, Visual Aids
Northeast Foundation for Children, 71 Montague City Road, Greenfield, MA 01301; phone: 800-360-6332; fax: 413-772-2097 ($7.50, plus shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northeast Foundation for Children, Greenfield, MA.