• 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