Addressing children's social skills was not rocket science to Anne Jenkins, Hyde Elementary School 's principal.
learned about the Responsive Classroom
through a summer course.
says the approach made intuitive sense to her
hoping to infuse the model into every classroom at Hyde
, an economically diverse school tucked in a busy Georgetown neighborhood in the nation's capital.
"It's how you do that social piece that frees you up to teach," observes Jenkins, who has been a trainer for the Responsive Classroom for more than eight years.
"That's when wonderful things start to happen in the classroom."
When children don't have those skills, she
explains, teachers spend too much time negotiating, keeping order, and directing activities.