Welcome to the Sioux Falls School District's Effective Classroom Wiki


This is a space where educators can add resources, ask questions, and share their experiences regarding best practices in classroom instruction and management while keeping academics strong including Responsive Classroom®, Differentiation, Logical Consequences, Academic Choice, Positive Discipline, Bullying Prevention, Student Engagement, and Formative Assessment.
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What is Responsive Classroom?
The Responsive Classroom is an approach to elementary teaching that emphasizes social, emotional, and academic growth in a strong and safe school community. The goal is to enable optimal student learning.
Mentor Text- The First Six Weeks of School by Paula Denton and Roxanne Kriete
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Websites- Origins Responsive Classroom

What is Differientiated Instruction?
Instruction that accommodates the different ways that students learn. It is an approach to teaching that advocates active planning for student differences in classrooms.
Mentor Text- Differentiation in Practice: A Resource Guide for Differentiated Curriculum by Carol Tomlinson and Caroline Eidson
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Website- Carol Tomlinson

What is Positive Discipline?
Positive Discipline is a program based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs and designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities.
Mentor Text- Positive Discipline by Jane Nelsen
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Website- Positive Discipline

What is Formative Assessment?
Formative Assessment is part of the instructional process. When incorporated into classroom practice, it provides the information needed to adjust teaching and learning while they are happening
Mentor Text- Advancing Formative Assessment in Every Classroom: A Guide for Instructional Leaders by Connie Moss and Susan Brookhart
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What is Academic Choice?
A technique that increases student motivation by differientiating instruction and allowing students teacher-structured choices in their work.
Mentor Text- Learning Through Academic Choice by Paula Denton
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