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21 Ways Teachers Can Integrate Social-Emotional Learning

While the impact of the new federal education law ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) has yet to be realized, there’s one change that is welcome to educators. It is the shift in emphasis from the prescriptive testing and accountability requirements of No Child Left Behind to a broader definition of success, including recognition of the value of non-academic concepts and “whole child” issues. ESSA recognizes social-emotional education as an important factor in helping students develop crucial life skills that go beyond academics. For an awesome infographic on the core competencies of social-emotional learning, click here. Here are 21 simple ways you can support social-emotional learning for your students every day. 1. Make it a goal to start each day with a personal connection. 2. Read-alouds are the perfect tool for exploring social-emotional themes with your class. 3. Give kids lots of opportunities to work with partners. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21.

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10 Ideas for Notebook Time Recently, my seniors competed in a state-wide writing competition, and to aid in inspiration and help launch their writing process, I presented students with unique and exciting, low stakes writing opportunities. After reading my students’ writing contest pieces, I was reminded once again of the importance of time spent journaling—of the freedom and release of a writer’s notebook. Before we get to it, if you haven’t already checked out Tricia Ebarvia’s recent post on her three go-to writer’s notebook prompts, you should definitely do that now. No, no…now! It’s that good.

Social Emotional Learning Activities Welcome to our free Social Emotional Learning Activities page. 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. UBC SEL Resource Finder - SEL Resources An Online Gratitude Journal Zest is a free downloadable app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch that helps you to remember and appreciate the … Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies This volume, edited by Dr. Karen Harris, Professor of Special Education at Arizona State University, and Dr. Lynn Meltzer, Professor …

Inventive Games That Teach Kids About Empathy and Social Skills By Tanner Higgin, Common Sense Education Play is nothing if not social. Games organize play, allowing us to wrangle and experiment with the world. 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. 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.

CSEFEL: Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning Promoting Social and Emotional Competence: These modules were designed based on input gathered during focus groups with program administrators, T/TA providers, early educators, and family members about the types and content of training that would be most useful in addressing the social-emotional needs of young children. The content of the modules is consistent with evidence-based practices identified through a thorough review of the literature. Preschool Modules (English and Spanish Versions) Getting Emotional: Learning About Feelings EducationWorld is pleased to feature this K-6 language arts and communication lesson adapted from School Volunteer Handbook: A Simple Guide for K-6 Teachers and Parents, by Yael Calhoun and Elizabeth Q. Finlinson (Lila Press, 2011). The lesson plan, shared with the permission of the authors, is a great example of a short activity with simple instructions that appeals to a diverse group of parent interests and teacher needs. The activity is an ideal one for implementation by classroom volunteers. See other School Volunteer Handbook activities:A Lesson in Character: Connect With YourselfLesson to Celebrate Diversity: The Unity NecklaceJust Add Water: Science Experiments With H2O In the coming months, be sure to visit EducationWorld for more activities from School Volunteer Handbook.

How SEL Helps You as a Teacher Setting goals, asking for help, showing empathy. 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.