TURNERS FALLS, Mass., April 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Center for Responsive Schools, developer of the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching, has published a new book, The Joyful Classroom. The book features practical, use-it-now strategies designed to engage and challenge students in grades K–6.
All of the ideas and advice in the book are based on the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching. This research-based method of teaching provides practical strategies that raise educators' competencies. Educators will discover how to make lessons engaging through learning that is active, interactive, appropriately challenging, purposeful, connected to students' interests and strengths, and designed to give students autonomy and control.
The book will teach educators about: partnering and grouping students for optimum learning; using interactive learning structures such as Maître d' and Swap Meet to support active learning; integrating acting, drawing, debating, and more into daily lessons; infusing lessons with choices in what or how to learn to increase students' ownership of their learning; and incorporating student self-assessment tools to help children monitor and evaluate their own work.
"All of the strategies in the book can fit seamlessly into existing lessons to make them more engaging for students without adopting a new curriculum," says Dr. Lora Hodges, executive director at Center for Responsive Schools. "Children will learn to love learning itself for the ways it helps them grow and what it shows them about the world. The skills they develop will prepare them for life both inside and outside of the classroom."
The Joyful Classroom is priced at $24 and can be purchased from Responsive Classroom: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/product/the-joyful-classroom/.
ABOUT RESPONSIVE CLASSROOM ®
The Responsive Classroom approach to education was developed over 30 years ago by public school educators who envisioned a way of teaching that would bring together academic and social learning throughout the school day. It has been recognized by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as "one of the most well-designed, evidence-based social and emotional learning programs." Center for Responsive Schools (CRS) offers Responsive Classroom on-site consulting services to schools and districts; workshops for educators in locations around the country and internationally; and a wide collection of books, videos, and other resources for teachers and administrators. Each year, CRS provides training for more than 10,000 teachers and administrators from across the U.S., the District of Columbia, and the international school community.
For more information, visit www.responsiveclassroom.org.
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SOURCE Center for Responsive Schools, Inc.