Social-Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning: Not Just for Kids – Education Article

Listen to the interview with Wendy Turner: Sponsored by World101 and Blue Apple   I’ll never forget the day when a red rubber bracelet was my most important accessory. After beginning our regular morning routine, I was confronted by an angry colleague in my classroom. We started to engage in a heated conversation—right in front of my students. I knew this was bad. I knew my students were watching, and I knew I had to get my social-emotional house in…

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The Surprising Benefits of Student-Created Graphic Novels – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Shveta Miller (transcript): Sponsored by Learners Edge This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   There is no shortage of ways we all can benefit from teaching graphic novels. They engage reluctant or struggling readers, they are gateway texts for more complex literature, they build necessary background knowledge, and they develop visual…

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Repairing Harm: A Better Alternative to Punishment – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Nathan Maynard and Brad Weinstein (transcript): Sponsored by Public Consulting Group and ViewSonic This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   When students behave in ways that are disruptive, when they do things that harm others, or when they otherwise make choices that go against established rules, schools often respond with punishment:…

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How One Makerspace is Meeting Students’ Social-Emotional Needs – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Dan Ryder (transcript): Sponsored by Public Consulting Group and ViewSonic This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   Most teachers instinctively know that if students’ emotions are off-kilter in any way, if their stress levels are high or their social lives are a mess, they won’t be able to concentrate on academics.…

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Think Twice Before Doing Another Historical Simulation – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Hasan Kwame Jeffries (transcript): Sponsored by ProWritingAid* and Chill Expeditions *Cult of Pedagogy is an affiliate for ProWritingAid. If you sign up for a paid account through the provided link, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   What better way is there to learn about something than to actually live it? That’s the thinking behind classroom simulations, where teachers attempt to re-create an event and…

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Global School Play Day: One Day. Nothing But Play. – Education Article

Listen to my interview with Eric Saibel, Scott Bedley,and Tim Bedley (transcript): Sponsored by Listenwise and Pear Deck   In the past, when I heard people say things like “Kids need to play more,” I always agreed, but in kind of a lukewarm way. I was aware that school recesses had been shrinking over the years, and I’d read the stories about how kids in other countries like Finland and Japan play a lot more than kids do in the…

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Not Enough Time to Teach Social-Emotional Learning? Try These 4 Easy Steps. – Education Article

Social-emotional learning (SEL) has become a top implementation priority for districts, ed-tech companies and education researchers, and for good reason: Kids need it. With the rise in youth suicide rates, increased numbers of violent incidents in schools and the growing rate of American youth diagnosed with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, the social emotional instability of America’s youth has, according to some experts, become a national crisis. Many are turning to SEL as a means to address…

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Dear Educators, Let Them Know You’re Scared – Education Article

For all the teachers who are afraid, you are not alone. I have felt afraid walking on campus. I have felt afraid entering a school. Fleeting thoughts. Not here. Not now. Not us. These intrusive thoughts are neither productive nor personal. We wear them on our faces. They show up in our classrooms. As educators, we need to support our students and ourselves to be safe. How do we create a culture of safety and embrace our common humanity? Let…

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Building People Social-Emotional Learning for Kids, Families – Education Article

Building People: Social-Emotional Learning for Kids, Families, Schools and CommunitiesEdited by Tamara Fyke(Abingdon Press, 2018 – Learn more) Reviewed by Laura Von Staden This book is much like a written panel discussion on the current state of social emotional learning. Each of the twelve authors have written a chapter to address: (1) The current state of SEL; (2) The cost of maintaining the status quo; (3) Forecast for the future; and (4) Pathways to success. Additionally, some authors include a…

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Why Social-Emotional Learning Is Suddenly in the Spotlight – Education Article

Growing up can be tough. As young people’s bodies and brains are changing rapidly, they’re also grappling with new ideas and influences that will shape who they become. Kids today might actually have it worse, thanks to technology. They’re going through their awkward stages—the braces and bad haircuts and first crushes—on Instagram and Snapchat. And they’re trying to make friends while everyone’s noses are buried in their phones. Research tells us these things are taking their toll. A 2018 Pew…

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