A Responsive Classroom Primer

Teachers and school leaders who are just beginning to learn about the Responsive Classroom approach often ask me which book they should read first to get a good overview. It’s true there are an ever-growing number of wonderful books in the Responsive Classroom Library, at least thirty at last count! Margaret Berry Wilson’s latest book, […]

Disallowing Childhood

I urge teachers and parents to read this New York Times OpEd piece, “Raising the Ritalin Generation.” The author, Bronwen Hruska, in telling us the story of her family’s and, in particular, her son’s misadventures in the land of ADHD misdiagnosis, creates a cautionary tale for us all to heed. Hruska concludes that much of […]

School as the Incubator of and for Democracy

A long time ago, so long ago that I can’t remember whether I was in 6th or 8th grade, everyone in our class was required to memorize and recite Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Some fifty-plus years later, while I must confess I can no longer recite the entire address from memory, certain parts are forever etched […]

Executive Functioning and Cognitive Growth: The Intersection of Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning

A number of studies in early childhood classrooms have documented that “self-regulation predicts academic performance in first grade, over and above cognitive skills and family background.” (Examples of these studies: Blair, 2002; Farran, 2010; McClelland, M. M.; Piccinin, A., & Stallings, M. C., 2010; Raver & Knitzer, 2002). JOIN THE CONVERSATION! Ask Chip a question […]

Standing Up with Self-Control

Standing up with self-control is the final of the five key CARES skills underlying Responsive Classroom practice that help build positive proactive attributes in children both socially and academically. The other four are cooperation, assertion, responsibility and empathy. JOIN THE CONVERSATION! Ask Chip a question or share your own thoughts! —If you’re reading this entry […]

Standing Up with Empathy

As reported by the Boston Globe, on May 4, Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick signed into law one of the most comprehensive antibullying measures ever passed. The family of 11-year-old Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, who killed himself in April 2009 after extensive bullying, attended the signing, as did a group of teenagers who advocated for a statewide […]

Standing Up with Responsibility

Responsibility is one of the five key CARES skills underlying Responsive Classroom practice that help build positive proactive attributes in children both socially and academically. The other four are cooperation, assertion, empathy, and self-control. JOIN THE CONVERSATION! Ask Chip a question or share your own thoughts! —If you’re reading this entry on the blog site, […]

Standing Up with Assertion

Assertion is one of the five key CARES skills underlying Responsive Classroom practice that help build positive proactive attributes in children both socially and academically. The other four are cooperation, responsibility, empathy, and self-control. JOIN THE CONVERSATION! Ask Chip a question or share your own thoughts! —If you’re reading this entry on the blog site, […]