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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.

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.

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?

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.

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

One Crazy Road to Here: CSK Author Award Acceptance My mother, Miss Essie, used to tell my sister, my brother, and me, “Eat every bit of food on your plate today, because you don’t know what tomorrow will bring.” Like many Americans, my siblings and I have an eye on the future, and we keep pushing although we’reuncertain about tomorrow. We might not know if there will be food on the table, if we can retire to the comfort of our homes, if we can afford to be sick—in my neighborhood, two hospitals that serve primarily poor families have closed within the past two years. We might not know if the doors to the neighborhood library will be open on Saturday. I’m sure you can relate to that. All this is to say Miss Essie was right: no one knows what tomorrow will bring, so do what you must, now. I’m a dreamer, but, by necessity, a firmly rooted one. Around that time, two years ago, my sixth novel, Jumped, was published, and I was determined to help raise the book’s profile. Months later, Jumped was nominated for a National Book Award.

Adolescent lit class book discussion As some of you know, this blog does double-duty by serving as a platform for pre-class book discussion for students in the children’s lit and adolescent lit classes at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. AND for all the other blog readers who we hope will help us talk about the books we’re reading. This year, Lauren Adams is teaching the Adolescent Literature module, a 6-week class on Monday nights starting October 20. For their first class, they will jump into the deep end reading How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. Here’s a rundown of what we will be reading and discussing, and when. Class 1 — Overview of Adolescent Literature Monday, October 20 (post will go live Wednesday, Oct. 15) Reading assignments: Class 2 — Windows and Mirrors: Seeing others, seeing ourselves Monday, October 27 (posts will go live Tuesday, October 21) Reading assignments: Class 4 — Beyond the World We Know: Fantasy and Science Fiction Monday, November 17 (posts will go live Tuesday, November 11) Reading assignments:

Fairy Tales Gone Wild: 10 Creative Ways to Teach Fairy Tales Fractured fairy tales are a great way to help students see how story elements—like character, plot, setting—shape the stories we read and write. What do we call it when an author takes a classic fairy tale and changes it into something completely different? It's called a fractured fairy tale. And kids love them. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Books that feature fractured fairy tales: Cinderella Stories Download and print the full-size PDF here. Goldilocks Stories View the list here. Little Red Riding Hood Stories View the list here. Three Little Pigs Stories View the list here.

Just Breathe: When Teachers Practice Mindfulness Once in a while, a resource comes along that is so invaluable to our work as educators that I have to share it with you. Meena Srinivasan's new book, Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness In and Out of the Classroom, is such a resource. It speaks to a yearning I hear across our country: a desire to teach and work in a way that is anchored in joy, emerging from compassion, and that is more humane and slower than the way we work now. What Meena honestly and graciously offers in this easy-to-read book is a roadmap for this desire. While the lesson plans could be very useful and the quotes from students bring their perspective into this discussion, it's Meena's story as an educator, embedded in this text, that I found most inspiring and that makes this book unique. In the meantime, I want to give you a taste of who Meena is and what her book is about through this interview I did with her. Elena Aguilar: Who did you write this book for? I would highly recommend attending a mindfulness retreat.