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How to Maslow Before Bloom, All Day Long. “Maslow before Bloom”—we hear it all the time.

How to Maslow Before Bloom, All Day Long

The idea that educators should meet students’ basic needs for safety and belonging before turning to challenging academic tasks is one that guides the work of many schools. In this era of high-stakes testing and inflexible curricula, that’s not as easy to do as it sounds. The need to do 45 minutes of preplanned reading instruction, followed in lockstep by 45 minutes of math, leads many teachers, especially newer ones, to conclude that they simply don’t have the time to plan for brain breaks, or to check in with students regularly to make sure they’re feeling OK. Research indicates that’s a mistake, though. 21 Ways Teachers Can Integrate Social-Emotional Learning. If there’s anything the past year in education has made painfully obvious, it is the urgency of social-emotional education for our students.

Kids need support and instruction to manage successfully in school (whether that’s in person or online) and in life. Skills like recognizing and managing emotions, being a good friend, controlling impulses, communicating effectively, and working with others are invaluable. Here are 25 simple ways you can support social-emotional learning for your students every day. 1. Start the day with a check-in Source: Jim Borgman Make it a goal to start each day with a personal connection. Social and Emotional Learning. Empathy & Compassion. Booklist. Social Emotional Learning Activities.

Welcome to our Social Emotional Learning Activities page.

Social Emotional Learning Activities

Below you will find free resources – lessons, activities, and printables – in the following skill areas: Communication, Cooperation, Emotion Regulation, Empathy, Impulse Control, and Social Initiation. These resources are age-appropriate for elementary and middle school students and are typically used in a classroom or a small group setting. And in most cases, if materials are required for the activity, they are items that you already have in your classroom or office. As you will see below, many of the SEL activities and lesson plans include characters from our game-based, social emotional learning curriculum. And if you are using, or plan to use the online games, these activities will reinforce the learning that occurs during gameplay. Social and Emotional Learning in the Daily Life of Classrooms. Integrating social and emotional learning into existing initiatives, including teacher evaluation, Common Core State Standards implementation, and professional learning, is no easy task.

Social and Emotional Learning in the Daily Life of Classrooms

Regional technical assistance providers and state and district leaders can use this module to: Deepen their knowledge and skills for integrating a social and emotional learning emphasis into their policy and planning work. Strengthen connections between social and emotional learning, the Common Core State Standards, and teacher evaluation and professional development systems. Learn strategies for supporting school leaders in guiding teachers’ to reflect on their own teaching practices and social and emotional competencies. The module builds on the ideas shared in our Research-to-Practice Brief, Teaching the Whole Child: Instructional Practices That Support Social-Emotional Learning in Three Teacher Evaluation Frameworks.

Note on Adapting the Modules. SEL and Language and Literacy Development. Kindness, Empathy, and Resilience. How SEL Helps You as a Teacher. Setting goals, asking for help, showing empathy.

How SEL Helps You as a Teacher

These are all examples of social-emotional skills that help students thrive—both in and out of the classroom. There are many benefits to social-emotional learning (SEL). In fact, some researchers argue that these skills are foundational to learning and can be even more important than academic skills. When students have limited social-emotional skills, they’re more likely to struggle when they face a new challenge or conflict.

In fact, one study shows that 70 percent of students who drop out of school do so not because they lack the ability to do the work. That’s not to say that teaching SEL is a solution for all of the challenges our students face that are outside of our control. A Guide to the Core SEL Competencies [Activities Included] When implementing social-emotional learning (SEL), it can be helpful to narrow your focus to a few SEL competencies that are most relevant for the students and educators in your school community.

A Guide to the Core SEL Competencies [Activities Included]

That's why many district and school leaders use the framework from CASEL (the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning). CASEL outlines five core social-emotional learning competencies that can be taught in many ways in any type of school or district community. In this guide, you'll learn about the five core SEL competencies—complete with definitions, equity considerations, and examples of what these competencies may look like and sound like in practice.

For each core competency, we also share examples of low-lift SEL strategies, activities, and teaching practices that you can use right away in your school community to promote student SEL and adult SEL. Keep reading or use the shortcuts below to access different sections of this guide. I. II. 5 Ways to Build Effective Social Emotional Learning Environments Online. The current education climate has created unique social emotional challenges for students, parents, and teachers alike.

5 Ways to Build Effective Social Emotional Learning Environments Online

Today, Dr. Amy Cranston helps us understand how to create effective social emotional learning (SEL) environments online. As we move forward and plan, we need to make sure that the environments we create for learning help children thrive educationally and emotionally. Here’s advice to help us have these important conversations. Sponsor: In today’s challenging times, we know how critical it is to make sure kids are equipped with social and emotional learning skills to cope with the world around them. Social Emotional Learning. 5 Ways to Build Effective Social Emotional Learning Environments Online. How to Help Students Navigate This Social-Emotional Rollercoaster. Schools across the country have moved at different paces in efforts to maintain a semblance of normalcy during the final months of the 2019-20 school year.

How to Help Students Navigate This Social-Emotional Rollercoaster

In the past month, we’ve heard countless stories from school administrators, teachers and parents about the stress caused by the shift to remote learning. Unsurprisingly, students are also experiencing their own emotional rollercoaster throughout the changes and uncertainty. To better understand how they are faring, we looked at their self-reported feelings over the past couple months, as marked by thousands of check-ins on our social-emotional learning (SEL) platform. Students mark an emoji on a 5-point scale (pictured) and then write reflections on their progress in academics and emotional well-being. What we found were some unexpected and somewhat alarming trends.

These valleys and peaks were the largest swings in average emotion this entire school year, signaling that educators should prepare for continued volatility. Dr. Why Every School Must Have A Social Emotional Learning Plan Prior to Reopening. Closegap - Daily Emotional Wellness for Kids. What is SEL? It's Time to Stop Calling SEL "Soft Skills" 22 Young Adult Novels to Help Students Process the Pandemic (or Forget It for a Bit) Teachers often select books for their preteen and teen students that provide windows and mirrors, ways for students to learn about others or see themselves.

22 Young Adult Novels to Help Students Process the Pandemic (or Forget It for a Bit)

In this unprecedented time when students wrestle with the abrupt changes in routine caused by the coronavirus pandemic, literature is an even more important tool for contextualizing current events and allowing students to better understand their experiences. As a former school librarian and past president of the American Association of School Librarians, I have read thousands of books, including more than 600 young adult books in the last three years alone.

Social and Emotional Learning. Demonstrating Self-Regulation With Tone of Voice. Creating a Positive Learning Environment. Social Emotional Learning: Not Just for Kids. How One Makerspace is Meeting Students' Social-Emotional Needs. SEL and Academic Learning Catalyst: Growth Mindset. Presented by Dr.

SEL and Academic Learning Catalyst: Growth Mindset

Desiree Margo, Principal, Redmond Early Learning Center; and Dr. Kendra Coates, Growing Early Mindsets (GEM) Author, and Professional Learning Specialist, Mindset Works Sponsored by Mindset Works Get a CE Certificate for this edWebinar Learn more Over the years, as educators around the world have worked to translate growth mindset into practice, various definitions and understandings have emerged. Best Games for Kids. Hacking School Libraries: 10 Ways to Incorporate Library Media Centers into Your Learning Community (Hack Learning Series) (Volume 20) (9781948212069): Kristina A. Holzweiss, Stony Evans: Books. SEL Books & Resources from SDSL.

The Impact of Enhancing Students’ Social and Emotional Learning.

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BOOK: All Learning Is Social and Emotional: Helping Students Develop Essential Skills for the Classroom and Beyond. RULER Approach – Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. The Science Behind Student Stress. A new study finds that when students experience an academic setback such as a bad grade, the amount of cortisol—the so-called stress hormone—in their bodies typically spikes. For most students it drops back down to normal levels a day later, but for some it stays high. These students remain fixated on the setback and have difficulty moving forward. The researchers analyzed the stress levels of students at two high schools in central Texas during an especially stressful time—the transition into high school.

Students completed daily surveys asking about the stress they experienced, and daily saliva samples were collected to measure their cortisol levels. A majority of these students—68 percent—experienced a drop in grades in the first semester and reported feeling stressed as a result. “Declining grades may get ‘under the skin,’ as it were, for first-year high school students who believe intelligence is a fixed trait,” explains Hae Yeon Lee, the study’s lead author. BOOK: Brain Rules - Brain Development for Parents, Teachers and Business Leaders. Mindful Space in the Library. I have been working to be more mindful in my daily activities.

Mindful Space in the Library

Mindfulness is “the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” This reminds me so much of one of AASL’s Standards under Explore/Grow” V.D.2 Learners develop through experience and reflection by recognizing capabilities and skills that can be developed, improved, and expanded.

Working with students often stretches our limits and, at times, theirs, as well. Using simple meditation techniques can help improve students’ reflection process. Well Beyond Wellbeyond is an IOS app that helps bring mindfulness to students. Super Stretch Yoga Super Stretch Yoga focuses on using yoga as a tool for mindfulness. Blissful Kids Blissful Kids is perfect for the library.

Don’t forget about your teacher friends. Watch What's Working: Carol Dweck Talks Growth Mindset. What about the kids that don't "get" school? What about the kid who doesn't see the point or the purpose of sitting in a desk and doing assignments that have never motivated her in the past? Or the kid who is always assigned tasks that perpetuate the notion that he is simply "not that smart?

" The good news is that these students can be reached by the right kind of mindset by adults at every school. Resources for Teaching Growth Mindset. The Mindset Scholars Network. How To Dial Back Stress For High-Achieving Kids : Shots - Health News : NPR. Preparing for Effective SEL Implementation. Core SEL Competencies. Social and emotional learning (SEL) enhances students’ capacity to integrate skills, attitudes, and behaviors to deal effectively and ethically with daily tasks and challenges.

Like many similar frameworks, CASEL’s integrated framework promotes intrapersonal, interpersonal, and cognitive competence. There are five core competencies that can be taught in many ways across many settings. Many educators and researchers are also exploring how best to assess these competencies. The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.”Identifying emotionsAccurate self-perceptionRecognizing strengthsSelf-confidenceSelf-efficacyVideo: Learn more.