Addressing children's character development was not rocket science, though, to Anne Jenkins, Hyde Elementary School's principal. "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.Jenkins
learned about The Responsive Classroom
through a summer course.With or without the research to back it up, she
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.