Will Rogers Learning Community

The Social Curriculum at Will Rogers Learning Community

The Social Curriculum at Will Rogers Learning CommunityAt Will Rogers, the social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum. Students at Will Rogers are encouraged to develop self-discipline and good citizenship through the Responsive Classroom philosophy. The Responsive Classroom approach is a widely used, research-backed approach to elementary education that increases academic achievement, decreases problem behaviors, improves social skills, and leads to more high-quality instruction. Students participate in morning meetings in their classroom and attend monthly whole school meetings to discuss “hopes and dreams,” develop goals for themselves and their classroom community, and recognize effort and achievement both socially and academically.

In the Responsive classroom model, Cooperation, Assertiveness, Responsibility, Empathy and Self Control (C.A.R.E.S.) make up the set of social skills that children need to practice and learn to be successful academically and socially. (Brady, K., Forton, M.B., Porter, D., Wood, C.; Rules In School. 2003.)

As a community of learners, students discuss and develop classroom goals, rules, behavior standards, and consequences. General behavior standards are listed below. Please review them with your child to promote a safe and productive learning environment for all learners.

For more information go to: http://www.responsiveclassroom.org/

General Schoolwide Standards

Standards for the Playground

  • Come to school on time ready to learn
       - Bring your homework and other school materials every day
       - Wear appropriate clothes and shoes to cover and protect your body
       - Remove hats and hoods when indoors
       - Leave toys, candy, gum, electronics, trading card and sports equipment at home
  • Follow the directions of all school staff
  • Be respectful of others
       - Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself
       - No cursing, name calling or teasing
       - No threatening or bullying others
       - Ask permission to use others' property
  • Take care of school property
  • Report serious problems immediately to an adult
  • Accept responsibility for your actions
  • Use mistakes as an opportunity to learn

  • Use restrooms at the beginning of recess and get drinks before the bell
  • Eat snacks at bench area only
      - No sodas, candy or gum for snacks
  • Stay in your own play area
      - No playing in hallways, bathrooms or near classrooms
  • Use equipment appropriately
      - No climbing on top of play structures
      - No handball games against buildings
  • Play safely
      - No wrestling, play fighting, tag, chase games or contact sports
  • Play fairly and take turns
      - Let anyone play who wants to join in
      - Make sure everyone knows the rules
  • Freeze when the bell rings
      - No drinks or bathrooms after the freeze bell
      - No talking; listen for a whistle
      - Return equipment and walk to line

Standards for the Cafeteria

Standards for the Hallways and Bathrooms

  • Use appropriate entrance and exit doors
  • Walk politely through serving line
  • Spend 10 minutes or more eating your lunch
       - Eat a least a little bit of each food
  • Use good table manners while eating
       - Remain seated and use quiet voices
       - Clean up after yourself
  • Raise your hand and wait to be excused

  • Always walk quietly in the hallways
  • Use the blue line from the cafeteria to the playground and to the bathrooms
  • Use a hall pass during class time
  • Use bathrooms appropriately
      - Respect the privacy of others
      - Flush the toilet and wash your hands
      - Use the bathroom for your grade level

Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District