How will morning meetings affect my first graders' C.A.R.E.S. skills?





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The Northeast Foundation for Children (NEFC) developed the teaching philosophy called Responsive Classroom (RC). RC believes that children should be intrinsically motivated and that children want to do well and can do well with the right approach to teaching. Morning Meeting and the teaching of CARES skills are a part of this RC approach. The NEFC published many resources that I found crucial to my research. Roxann Kriete, Ruth Sidney Charney, Jane Nelsen, William Glasser greatly influenced my thinking throughout this process. My study involved 1st-grade students and parents. They were given a brief survey about what they learned from Morning Meeting and how it helped them to be better people. Parents were asked to reflect on changes they notices in their child's CARES skills (cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control) since starting school this year. Both surveys included multiple choice questions/brief essay questions. I documented students' social skills over a 3-month period.

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