Target 2 – Leadership in a Student Centered Learning Environment. FWSU will foster the development of teacher and student leaders who provide innovative opportunities for local and global student-centered learning.

Action Step –  Develop learning habits, communication and problem-solving skills necessary for collaborative learning and leadership.

Indicator of Success – Student voice will have the power to impact the perceptions of others.

The Responsive Classroom is a general approach to teaching that is based on the idea that children learn best when they have both academic and social-emotional skills. BFA teachers believe that how children learn is just as important as what they learn. To accomplish this, they provide opportunities for students to learn through social interaction, where they are developing a safe and fun learning environment. This approach also offers students a level of student leadership that involves them more in their own learning and helps them feel better about their classroom and their place in it.

Earlier this fall, Katie Haddock’s second grade students began to learn about C.A.R.E.S. and why it is important for their class. C.A.R.E.S stands for Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-Control. Students split into groups and each group was assigned a different element of C.A.R.E.S. to research. Once they gathered the information, students then developed storyboards to plan out a video to demonstrate what it means to them.


Next, students collaborated with Mrs. Rhonda Siemons, BFA Technology Integrationist, on how they could use iPads to take their ideas and turn them into a movie to share with others. Taking the ideas from the storyboards, students created a video that demonstrates the importance of C.A.R.E.S. Here is a link to their video.

Finally the students had an opportunity to share with other elementary students during morning meeting. For the meeting, they created a skit to remind the elementary school about the importance of the words in C.A.R.E.S.  After the skit, they showcased their special video that the 2nd Grade students had made.


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