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Responsive Classroom© is a research- & evidence-based approach to elementary education that leads to greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, & improved school climate.

January 2017

Patrick Patrick Shaw
Staff Development Specialist
Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment – OCM BOCES
Certified Trainer for the Responsive Classroom through the Northeast Foundation for Children (NEFC-Turners Falls, MA)
Also trainer for Project-Based Learning & Standard Based Planning



The Responsive Classroom Advanced Course: Effective Management 2-Day Module was held in December here in Syracuse.  The advanced course bring teachers who were trained in RCC back for deeper knowledge of the Responsive Classroom practices.  OCM BOCES Component district teachers from Westhill, Tully, CAZ, ESM, North Syracuse and Liverpool were present along with teachers from Palmyra-Macedon and Belleville-Henderson!  The community of learners did deep work around effectively managing their classroom and learned about classroom organization and collaborative problem-solving.  The next advanced 2-day training will be “Engaging Academics” Feb. 15 & 16.  See the link to register below!

The OCM BOCES Winter Session of RCC is now filled and closed!  The Spring session on MLP is also filling quickly, so don’t delay registering.   

Upcoming Responsive Classroom Training in CNY!

The 2016-2017 School year is planned and ready to go for upcoming regional trainings that are included in service for the 23 OCM BOCES component districts but Non-Component Districts are also invited to join us!

RCC = Responsive Classroom Course

RCAC = Responsive Classroom Advanced Course which is done in two 2-day modules.

Online Reading

Patrick’s Newest OCM-RC Blog:
OCM BOCES-Responsive Classroom® Blog: Using Video to Deepen Classroom Practice


Posted on December 28, 2016 by OCM Boces Instructional Support
Recently I was lucky enough to attend professional develop for my own personal growth. Jim Knight spent two days with us around his book Instructional Coaching. Research suggests that PD is more successful when followed by instructional coaching. How often do we as educators follow professional development with instructional coaching to foster and guide higher levels of application of practices learned during a professional development experience? In the Responsive Classroom courses, teachers learn instructional practices that support building positive learning communities that are effectively managed and developmentally responsive to foster engaging academics every day for every child.   At the end of the training educators are encouraged to goal set for classroom application of their learning. Jim Knight discussed the importance of giving teachers choice regarding what and how they learn and have opportunity to reflect on professional learning. A memorable quote from Jim Knight was, “Part of your job is to get better at your job.”Read More...

OCM BOCES-Responsive Classroom® Blog: Great Ideas for December and the Holidays in the Classroom

Posted on November 29, 2016 by OCM Boces Instructional Support
This is something you can keep for next year!  Happy New Year!
Once Halloween hits, we sometimes start to feel like we lose our class until New Year!   But this time of year shouldn’t be stressful for our students or for classroom teachers. The Center for Responsive Schools has many ideas for making our classroom focused on learning right up to the long break in December. I have compiled some great articles that you can use to maintain the joyfulness and learning in your classroom during December.

How To Ensure Students Are Actively Engaged and Not Just Compliant

By Katrina Schwartz December 9, 2016


Engagement is a crucial part of learning, but ensuring students are actively engaged is more complex than whether a student is paying attention or not. As technology has made its way into the classroom many educators describe how attentive students are when on devices, but a quiet, outwardly behaved student is not the same thing as one that is truly engaged. The kind of engagement that leads to learning is three dimensional.

Too often educators look at engagement as a “yes or no” question: students are either engaged or they’re not. “That is absolutely not an appropriate way to view it,” said John Almarode, associate professor at James Madison University and co-director of the school’s Center for STEM Education and Outreach. “It is not a one-dimensional concept.”  Read More...

Fresh Ideas to Deepen Student Connections

by Michelle Russell · 01/02/2017

A MiddleWeb Blog


This is the time of year I try to assess how well I did on the goals I set at the beginning of the school year and make changes where necessary.
The two weeks we have off this time of year gave me the chance to recharge my batteries and reflect on my progress on those three goals from the fall:

Of the three, I feel like getting to know my students better is the area where I have made the least progress. I’m not sure why this particular goal has been such a struggle.”  Read More...

Students Who Lose Recess Are the Ones Who Need It Most

New York Times – By Jessica Lahey
February 13, 2014


Despite overwhelming evidence that periods of unstructured play and social interaction are a crucial part of children’s cognitive, academic, physical and mental wellness, schools continue to take away recess privileges as a penalty for academic or behavioral transgressions. I’ve done it, many times. When students fail to hand in assignments or when a child acts up in class, I’ve taken their recess privileges hostage. I did it both as a way of punishing for bad behavior or as a way to carve out a few extra minutes of learning time in an otherwise packed day.”    Read More...

Other Resource from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
“The Crucial Role of Recess in Schools”

The NEWEST Books Released by the
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New book for Middle School Teachers!
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“As middle schoolers begin the transition into young adulthood, they have a strong developmental need for learning that’s both active (hands-on, experiential) and interactive (social, collaborative). When we meet that need, students are more likely to behave in positive ways and engage more deeply with academics. But how can we build such dynamic learning into the short periods and packed curriculum typical in most middle schools? Motivators—interactive learning structures—are one excellent way…”

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