Responsive Classroom

Last Updated: 8/5/2021 7:15 PM

In order to be successful in and out of school, students need to learn a set of social and emotional competencies—cooperation, assertiveness, responsibility, empathy, and self-control—and a set of academic competencies—academic mindset, perseverance, learning strategies, and academic behaviors. At Clay Lamberton Elementary we believe in a Responsive Classroom approach to proactively teach and respond to students' academic, behavioral, and social/emotional needs. Responsive Classroom is an approach to teaching based on the belief that integrating academic and social-emotional skills creates an environment where students can do their best learning.

The Responsive Classroom approach uses six guiding principles:

  1. Teaching social and emotional skills is as important as teaching academic content.

  2. How we teach is as important as what we teach.

  3. Great cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.

  4. How we work together as adults to cre­ate a safe, joyful, and inclusive school environment is as important as our individual contribution or competence.

  5. What we know and believe about our students—individually, culturally, developmentally—informs our expec­tations, reactions, and attitudes about those students.

  6. Partnering with families—knowing them and valuing their contributions—is as important as knowing the children we teach.

Additionally, at Clay Lamberton there are school-wide expectations that all students 4K-5 grade are expected to follow. Students are expected to be safe, respectful, and responsible. All students are taught what these expectations look like in all school settings. Throughout the year, Clay Lamberton holds assemblies to celebrate the growth of our students. 

Contact Us

Jena Nolan
Principal
920-361-2442 ext 3006
jnolan@berlin.k12.wi.us

Michael Dexheimer
Assistant Principal
920-361-2442 ext 3005
mdexheimer@berlin.k12.wi.us