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    by Nicole Fruge posted September 14, 2012

    First graders Will McDowell and Jonathan Fulton practice a proper handshake during morning meeting in their classroom at the William H. Rowe School in Yarmouth, Maine. —John Tully for Education Week

    Will McDowell and Jonathan Fulton participate in Heather Boutin’s first-grade morning meeting while the class learned how to properly shake hands and greet each other. First-graders at the William H. Rowe School in Yarmouth, Maine learn through a responsive classroom approach, which aims to create a learning environment for students to grow through academics, social interaction, and emotionally. Class starts with morning meetings and the philosophy is carried throughout the school day.

    John Tully for Education Week

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