Social and Emotional Learning

Social-Emotional Learning Should Be Priority During COVID-19 Crisis – Education Article

In Wendy Turner’s class, social and emotional learning (SEL)  comes first.  “SEL is the foundation, the heartbeat of the classroom,” she says. “It’s about connecting everybody and making them feel safe and secure before you get to the academics.” The shift to full-time online learning in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic has brought change and challenges to her second grade classroom but hasn’t shaken SEL’s standing. “This virus has stolen our kids’ school experience for the rest of the…

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In Times of Crisis Self-Care is More Important Than Ever – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: In Times of Crisis Self-Care is More Important Than Ever In Times of Crisis Self-Care is More Important Than Ever The majority of us did not see the COVID-19 pandemic coming. Up until this point, our lives were dominated by both professional and personal routines.  Sure, there might have been a few detours or hiccups that would throw us off course for a little while, but for the most part, we would all get back on track. …

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Voices from the Field: Best Practices – Education Article

By: Erin Gohl and Kristen Thorson Schools are the foundation of our society. Our collective success depends on their success. They are responsible for building an educated and skilled workforce, ensuring an engaged citizenry, and developing critical thinkers who will solve unknown future global challenges. Community leaders and politicians are constantly trying to figure out the components that will make schools successful. All too often, these conversations, debates, and reform movements ignore the perspectives of the educators who are doing…

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Help Students Soar! Social and Emotional Learning Resources – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar! We want to inspire our students to transform the world with their ideas, creativity, and knowledge. Innovation is a difficult journey. The greatest inventions that transformed the world took thousands of attempts and years of frustration and problem-solving. Many students want to give up after one attempt at a solution. They need a lot of support to develop the determination and perseverance to understand that each attempt helps us understand a…

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Ohio Students Take Giant Leaps Forward with Deeper Learning – Education Article

By: Christopher Burns A few years ago, Ohio set a goal that 65 % of residents should earn a postsecondary degree or industry credential needed for career fields, that are in high demand and that pay livable wages. The Departments of Education and Higher Education and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation support this goal and many business and community stakeholders are putting efforts into achieving it. Unfortunately, a recent report from the business leaders of ReadyNation, of which I am a…

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How Technology and Teacher Websites in Language Classrooms Can Increase Engagement and Access – Education Article

By Xiao “Wendy” Liu, Tower Hill School Digital Age and Learning We are now in the Digital Age, which continues to evolve and grow at a dizzying pace, with new tools and online resources to support language learning and teaching. Language skills can be acquired and practiced in the most authentic way via technology. Computer use and the online world have had a tremendous impact on language learning, providing students with instantaneous access to authentic materials and native-speaking language partners.…

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Teaching with Urgency – Education Article

Types of Communication—Be truthful, but know what your individual students can handle. Communicating truthfully with students is a key facet of teaching with urgency. I have found there are several ways in which teachers (perhaps unknowingly) communicate with students. The most significant part of teaching with urgency is conveying to the students that they are not on their own in your class. Verbal CommunicationI have found that communication with students should be clear and direct. It surprises me how they…

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Designing Mindfulness Interventions for Student Well-Being – Education Article

Designing the Mindfulness Intervention The interventions followed the Still Quiet Place (SQP) curriculum (Saltzman, 2014), which offers ‘young people most of the foundational elements of the standard adult Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course, detailed in Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn (Saltzman, 2014). Due to a narrow attention span of young people and limits in school schedules, there are important adaptations to the nine-session adult MBSR and the eight-week SQP curriculum: The guided practices usually last only 10 to 25…

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