Responsive Classroom and Open Circle
 
Lexington Public Schools uses both Responsive Classroom and  Open Circle to address the social and emotional needs of children.  Both programs are "woven" into the fabric of each student's day, with Responsive Classroom being an umbrella that spans across aspects of a student's day and Open Circle being used to deliver specific, targeted lessons.  The skillful implementation of both should result in the district moving closer to its goal around student resiliency and pro-social behaviors.
 
Responsive Classroom
 
The Responsive Classroom is a widely used research-based approach to elementary education that is designed to increase academic achievement, decrease problem behavior, improve a child’s social skills and lead to more high-quality instruction.
 
Its components are:
 
Morning Meeting
Rule Creation
Interactive Modeling
Positive Teacher Language
Logical Consequences
Guided Discovery
Academic Choice
Classroom Organization
Working with Families
Collaborative Problem Solving
 
Open Circle
 
Open Circle is a comprehensive, grade-differentiated social and emotional learning program for grades K-5 children, their teachers, administrators, other school staff, parents and other caregivers.
 
Its components are:
 
Teachers: Facilitation of the curriculum & focused classroom management techniques
 
Students: Learn communication skills, self-control, empathy, social problem solving
   
Staff/Parents: Extend the learning to other areas of life
 
 
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