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Responsive Classroom Approach to the First Six Weeks of School

The first six weeks of school are critical weeks at any grade level. During this period, teachers are getting to know and understand their students, while working to establish a safe and welcoming classroom environment. Taking the time to clearly define expectations and establish routines early on leads to greater productivity and invested learners in future weeks. Although your child may feel that the redundancy of going over rules and routines is not "learning", please remind them that building a community of learners is learning and it requires hard work. In order to develop thinkers and problem solvers, the ground work for cooperative learning has to be explicitly taught, modeled, and practiced. Please read the article attached below for more information about this exciting and critical time.