We believe that children learn best when they belong to a strong, safe community. We also believe that academic and social-emotional learning are distinctly intertwined. Supporting these beliefs, Rio Grande School practices the Responsive Classroom approach, which emphasizes social, emotional, and academic growth. Responsive Classroom addresses the human needs of belonging, fun, and significance by deliberately teaching social-emotional skills and incorporating activities that build community.
At RGS, we build a strong school community by...
- beginning each day with a morning meeting;
- creating rules together;
- modeling expected behaviors for students;
- using positive language as a tool to promote children's active learning, sense of community, and self-discipline;
- introducing logical consequences that encourage self-reflection and personal growth.
Click here to read more about the Responsive Classroom approach.
Find out more about RGS' approach to social-emotional learning through listening to 1st educators Bridget Green and Sarah Morse share how they use Responsive Classroom in their classroom. (Head of School Nigel Taplin, Ms. Green, and Mrs. Morse were interviewed on KVSF 101.5 The Voice of Santa Fe.)