In our 4th-grade classroom my students are active participants in the teaching and learning environment. I have come to understand that children learn best in this way. My methodology for teaching promotes active student involvement. By adopting a Responsive Classroom® approach when the school year begins, students are aware, right from the start, that it is not “my classroom” but “our classroom.” In our classroom teaching and learning includes a variety of unique and creative practices.
In this way, I can meet the needs of all students. For the past eleven years at Henry Barnard School, I have seen diversity strengthen our classrooms. Rejoicing in my student’s uniqueness has come to be of great importance to me. By acknowledging their differences, I promote the wondrous experience of recognizing their successes.