The Responsive Classroom



Parent Engagement Evening

Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School

February 26th, 2015


Tonight's Learning Goal


What do you remember about

Your days in the classroom?

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What did your school and classroom look like?

What did it sound like?

What did it smell like?

How did you feel going to school?

How did you feel coming home from school?


Are you thinking, 'Well, it was good enough for me,

so why do we need to change things?'


Well, was it good enough for you?


What do you notice about today's classrooms compared to the classrooms you were taught in?

Our Classrooms Today

Using tablets Jan 2015

One Of My Favourite Engaging Experiences

Co-learning with the Grade 2s and Grade 6s

Tablet Buddies

Our Math Classroom Today

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A math gallery walk

giving feedback about the day's math lesson

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Using music to remember

How To Plot Coordinate Pairs Correctly On A Grid

Plotting Coordinate Pairs Song


If your child can't learn the way we teach

then we need to teach the way they can learn


Why have A 'Responsive Classroom'?

Why for teachers?

  • Students are engaged and excited to come to school
  • We know our students better and what they are really capable of
  • Less discipline issues

Why for students?

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  • 'I know where to get answers when I'm stuck on a question'
  • 'I get to learn the way I like to learn'
  • 'I like coming to school'
  • 'Yoga balls and bean bag chairs are way more comfortable than regular chairs'

Why for parents? (What teachers think you think -

but we need to hear from you!)

  • You won't see as many textbooks or worksheets
  • You won't see as much 'kill and drill' homework
  • There is a place for every child to demonstrate their learning
  • You are hopefully hearing, 'Hurry up everyone, I don't want to be late for school!'


The Responsive Classroom is what is done to meet the

needs of your child

to promote their best learning

We can look at the classroom in different ways:

1 - Physical Layout

2 - Strategies and Practices Used Within the Classroom To Deliver The Content

3 - The over-riding philosophy of our attitude towards learning -

A Growth Mindset verses a Fixed Mindset

What does this 'responsive classroom' mean:


One - Physical Layout of the Classroom

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...often work isn't even done in the classrooms

...but when it is, the layout and furniture should...


Two - Strategies and Practices

Used Within the Classroom To Deliver The Content

Learning Goals and Lesson Goals:

  • Giving each learning opportunity a specific focus, helps the overall understanding of the concepts being taught
  • Learning Goals are simple and can be broken up into lesson goals that can be achieved in a shorter period of time. Example

Learning Goal: We are learning to represent, compare and order whole numbers.

Lesson Goal: We are learning to use base ten blocks to show numbers in different ways.

  • Learning Goals look like - 'We are learning to...'
  • Students can refer to them throughout the lesson to help them if they get lost or confused
  • Students can use the learning or lesson goal to assess their own learning
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Success Criteria

  • Using student friendly language, this allows students to know clearly what they need to do or what they have done to demonstrate success
  • Success criteria is directly linked to the learning or lesson goal
  • Success Criteria look like - 'I can... or I will...'
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Inquiry Based Learning

  • Having the students discover and ask deep questions about the content based topic that appeals to their curiosity and then demonstrate that understanding in a variety of ways
  • Knowledge building opportunities that require students to reflect on and share information they learned

Guided Groups

  • Using smaller groups helps reinforce daily learning and gives supported opportunities for practice
  • While this has been common practice for many years in the primary grades (grades 1-3), it is now being used at all grade levels for all subject areas
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Math Manipulatives

There are more ways to solve math problems than calculators and pencil and paper. These are called math manipulatives, they help us to visually represent our math problems.
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This is a visual representation of a pattern

with a constant and a variable

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These are examples of the questions your child

may be asked about that pattern

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This is how those answers could be displayed


Three - Our Attitude Towards Learning

Growth Mindset Verses a Fixed Mindset

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Could you find a way to learn

in a Responsive Classroom?

Could your child?


Talk to us!

What did you learn today?

What did you find tricky?

What can we do next time?


Please create a hashtag #

that describes the presentation

or something memorable from the presentation

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1 - Create a 'Twitter' name

for example @AwesomeGAParent


2 - give feedback about tonight's presentation

Let's Try the Accountable talk STARTERS

  1. I agree with you because...
  2. I disagree with you because...
  3. Can you explain how...
  4. So I hear you saying that...
  5. Your strategy reminds me of...
  6. My strategy was to...
  7. To add on...
  8. I wonder if...
  9. How did you...
  10. What would happen if...

3 - try and sum up your thoughts using a '#' hashtag

For example #responsive classrooms are ____


THANK YOU FOR your continued support!

Please follow us: @GAngelsschool @Bedford_Mrs

If you don't have Twitter,

have a Growth Mindset and try something new