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Five Keys to Successful Social and Emotional Learning

Five Keys to Successful Social and Emotional Learning
Pamela Randall: Social-emotional skills are the essential skills for success in school, work and life. Natalie Walchuk: Social-emotional learning centers their mind and body. It reduces their emotional tension, so they can be open to new content and material. We find that academic outcomes increase exponentially when students are nurtured, loved and cared for. Pamela: If we expect students to be college and career ready, it's important for us to focus on these skills and competencies: Self-Awareness; Self-Management; Social Awareness; Relationship Skills; and Responsible Decision-Making. Natalie: We find that Self-Awareness is one of the hardest things for young people. Pamela: Self-Management is the ability to self-motivate, to have self-control, to regulate one's emotions. Natalie: In a classroom, that may be a breathing exercise, or that might be counting to five, or taking a break. Pamela: Social Awareness is about embracing diversity, showing empathy for others. Student: No. Related:  Psychology

Social and Emotional Learning Research Review: Annotated Bibliography Aber, J. L., Jones, S. M. Brown, J. L. Chaudry, N. & Samples, F. (1998). Aber, J. Barnes, V. Billig, S. (2002). Black, D. Brock, L. Cain, G. & Carnellor, Y. (2008). Cooke, M.B., Ford, J., Levine, J., Bourke, C., Newell, L. & Lapidus, G. (2007). Durlak, J., Weissberg, R. Elias, M. Frey, K. Gordon, R., Ji, P., Mulhall, P., Shaw, B., & Weissberg, R. Grossman, D. Jones, S. Marzano, R. McCarney, S.B. & Wunderlich, K.C. (2006). Napoli, M., Krech, P.R. & Holley, L.C. (2005). Raikes Foundation. Rimm-Kaufman, S. Rimm-Kaufman, S. Santos R. Sawyer, L. Schonert-Reichl, K.

edutopia How do children learn to care enough about others that they reap the personal rewards associated with giving? When young people develop empathy, they not only thrive in school and life, but they also impact their communities in positive, often extraordinary ways. Individual and societal success depends on raising and educating children who care about others. But we have misled today's children to believe that success is achieved through test scores, material wealth, and personal gain. In turn, there has been a measurable shift toward self-centeredness at a time when society depends more, not less, on people who give of themselves. Developed through emotional attachment with other human beings, empathy is our ability to recognize, feel, and respond to the needs and suffering of other people. The Foundation of Caring and Engaged Citizenship Image credit: Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD 6 Empathy-Building Habits of Great Teachers 1. 2. 3. These civic roles are intertwined with developing empathy.

5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students My first year teaching a literacy coach came to observe my classroom. After the students left, she commented on how I asked the whole class a question, would wait just a few seconds, and then answer it myself. "It's cute," she added. So that day, I learned about wait/think time. Many would agree that for inquiry to be alive and well in a classroom that, amongst other things, the teacher needs to be expert at asking strategic questions, and not only asking well-designed ones, but ones that will also lead students to questions of their own. I also learned over the years that asking straightforward, simply-worded questions can be just as effective as those intricate ones. #1. This question interrupts us from telling too much. #2. After students share what they think, this follow-up question pushes them to provide reasoning for their thinking. #3. When this question is asked, students can make connections to their ideas and thoughts with things they've experienced, read, and have seen. #4.

Making Sure They Are Learning Sarah Kaufmann: I think of authentic assessment as my ability to teach each student where they actually are. I'm Sarah Kaufmann. I teach sixth grade humanities at School of the Future. In order to know where they actually are, I have to be able to assess them really specifically and in a variety of ways that are appropriate for that student, so that what I'm doing is every day giving that child an environment where they're challenged, where they feel good about what they're learning and they feel like they're learning. Stacy Goldstein: What's been amazing to watch in Sarah's class as a sixth grade teacher is also, she just is extremely rigorous in what she demands from the kids. Sarah Kaufmann: A lot of that work started with myself when I would think about reading and I would do Post-Its while I read to figure out what I was actually asking the students to do. Eamon McCormick: We always work in groups, whether it's working off of writing or working off Post-Its.

Being Me Skip to content Being Me Thanks for all your entries they were all great. Please check out the gallery page to see what's important about being you! image gallery Being Me By Lauren 5C Bee (NSW) By ALP Elanora State School (QLD) By Jack Surf hand By Surf Tacking Point Public School (NSW) Rainbow By Rainbow me Happy By Tacking Point team 1 Me being me! By Murf Natone Primary School (TAS) By MOT Resources and Lesson Plans for Social and Emotional Learning | Edutopia Kentucky's Jefferson County school district shares details about administration, school culture, professional development, and curriculum -- materials that you may adapt for your class or school. Click on any of the titles below to download a PDF of one of Jefferson County Public Schools' resources for success. PDF files can be viewed on a wide variety of platforms -- both as a browser plug-in or a stand-alone application -- with Adobe's free Acrobat Reader program. Click here to download the latest version of Adobe Reader. To download a free version of the Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer, visit Microsoft's Download Center.] Resources On This Page: Elementary School - Professional Training Documents CARE for Kids elementary-school professional development plan 640K Expectations of CARE for Kids schools 244K CARE for Kids implementation calendar, grades K-1 460K CARE for Kids implementation calendar, grades 2-5 260K CARE for Kids general implementation calendar 452K Middle School - Useful Resources

5 classic ice breakers you can use with all learners Making learners comfortable on the first day of class, after a holiday, or even when coming together for the first time in a few days, can be beneficial in establishing, fostering and rekindling a positive learning environment. By taking time to do a few icebreakers, we can help learners become more comfortable with one another, and consequently more willing to participate in class. Icebreakers should never be seen as a waste of time: integrating icebreakers is a fantastic way to get ideas flowing… and never forget that! Here, then, are five old favorites that work in any situation and never fail to get your classes energized. 1. To set this activity up, divide learners into small groups or pairs, and get them to choose a place they’ve visited. 2. I love this simple activity, which works just like the game Taboo. Ice breakers are a really important part of a lesson. 3. For this one you simply need to start with a simple if phrase for your learners to complete. 4. 5. Have you used these?

edutopia Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Empathy has the capacity to transform individual lives for the better while helping to bring about positive social change in schools and communities worldwide. In psychology, there are currently two common approaches to empathy: shared emotional response and perspective taking. Shared emotional response, or affective empathy, occurs when an individual shares another person’s emotions. An example from our own lives came when a group of friends joined Marcus as he crossed the finish line of a half-marathon—they threw their arms up just as he did, mimicking his stance. Individuals in an audience involuntarily mirroring a speaker’s smile is another example of this type of empathy. Perspective taking, also known as cognitive empathy, occurs when a person is able to imagine herself in the situation of another. Modeling Teachers can be role models who, by example, show students the power of empathy in relationships.

The Best Ways to Connect in Just 10 Minutes with Kids of All Ages To start this year, since so many people would like to have more patience or more connection with their kids, I am sharing a small piece of my online course, Everyday Connections. You can join the wait list for next time time course is held right here. Special Time - Special time is a simple concept with big results. The good news is this doesn’t even require boat loads of patience. How can just ten minutes together have an impact? The short time period is what makes Special Time so powerful. Ten minutes is enough to get you started, to give you moments of joy with your children that lead you to want to create those moments more often. My Favorite 10 Minute Activities for Connecting With Kids Conversation Opportunities to open a dialogue with your child can happen when you’re working on a project or doing a chore together, going on a walk, or taking just one child on an errand. Family Contributions Certain things just have to get done. Make your own list of ways to connect with you kids

Map of the percentage of people speaking English in the EU by country Tip: Did you know that the plural of “sheep” is “sheep”, not “sheeps”? Learn more about the most com­mon gram­mar mis­takes in Eng­lish (PDF ver­sion). Some na­tive Eng­lish speak­ers’ at­ti­tude to­wards learn­ing for­eign lan­guages can be sum­ma­rized as “why should I learn a for­eign lan­guage if pretty much every­body speaks Eng­lish?” While it is true that Eng­lish is among the most com­monly learned sec­ond lan­guages in the world, only a small per­cent­age of the world pop­u­la­tion are able to speak it at a con­ver­sa­tional level. Eu­rope is tra­di­tion­ally very Eng­lish-ori­ented (in com­par­i­son with the rest of the world); al­most all EU cit­i­zens have had at least some con­tact with Eng­lish dur­ing their life. How­ever, when it comes to ac­tu­ally speak­ing it with at least a rudi­men­tary level of pro­fi­ciency, the num­bers are not as much in favour of those with the at­ti­tude de­scribed above.

What Do Emotions Have to Do with Learning? Thinkstock When parents and teachers consider how children learn, it’s usually the intellectual aspects of the activity they have in mind. Sidney D’Mello would like to change that. During the learning experiments described in his paper, he notes, the participating students reported being in a neutral state only about a quarter of the time. Another counter-intuitive contention made by D’Mello is that even negative emotions can play a productive role in learning. Confusion motivates us to restore our equilibrium through thought, reflection, and problem solving, and deeper learning is the result. animated agents discussing scientific case studies. Confusion, D’Mello explains, is a state of “cognitive disequilbrium”; we are mentally thrown off balance when we encounter information that doesn’t make sense. In fact, deep learning may be unlikely to happen without the experience of confusion, suggests a study conducted by another researcher, Arizona State’s Kurt VanLehn. Related

Out of Character: The Psychology of Good and Evil by Maria Popova What Aristotle has to do with Tiger Woods and the story of the world. The dichotomy of good and evil is as old as the story of the world, and timeless in its relevance to just about everything we do in life, from our political and spiritual views to our taste in music, art and literature to how we think about our simple dietary choices. But while most of us recognize that these concepts of good and bad aren’t always black-and-white categories, we never cease to be surprised when someone or something we’ve perceived as “good” does or becomes something we perceive as “bad,” from an esteemed politician’s transgression to a beloved celebrity’s slip into addiction or scientology or otherwise socially undesirable behavior. In Out of Character: Surprising Truths About the Liar, Cheat, Sinner (and Saint) Lurking in All of Us, researchers David DeSteno and Piercarlo Valdesolo explore this curious disconnect through the rigorous lens of science. Donating = Loving Share on Tumblr