We are excited to announce that Akiba is using the Responsive Classroom approach throughout K-8.
So...what is Responsive Classroom?
Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based approach to teaching that focuses on engaging academics, positive community, effective management, and developmental awareness.
So...what does this look like at Akiba?
In the lower school, students begin each morning with a 20 minute morning meeting. Morning meeting is an engaging way to start each day, build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success socially and academically. It consists of a greeting, sharing, a group activity, and a morning message to help students focus on the work they will do in school that day. Students then end their day with a 10 minute closing circle, which reaffirms classroom community.
In the middle school, teachers help students engage in brain breaks as necessary throughout the day. Brain breaks are quick, whole-class activities that give students opportunities to pause, move, and interact in safe, structured ways. Brain breaks help students improve their cognitive skills, develop perseverance, and strengthen social-emotional growth.
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