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Thank you for the information on social emotional learning. How do you introduce a social emotional learning in the classroom?
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This Week-A professional question

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Thank you for the information on social emotional learning. How do you introduce a social emotional learning in the classroom?
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Integrating SEL and core subject matters is not new

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I think it's great to see the positive information about linking core subject areas like social studies to the social/emotional learning component. I see this as even more validation of what the SocialSmarts program has been doing for years, and it's part of the reason it works. I've long said that social skills and emotional learning is not a separate thing from academic studies, and from the very beginning we built our curriculum to integrate them. We have everything from social studies, art, reading/writing/oral communication, health and even science incorporated in our lesson plans. As a result, not only does student discipline, behavior and social competence increase, their test scores go up as much as double digits after the first year of the program.

For more on this discussion I invite you to visit http://corinnegregory.com/blog/2011/02/07/academics-social-skills-better...

For more on the SocialSmarts program, check out www.socialsmarts.com

- Corinne Gregory
www.corinnegregory.com
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Could be adapted for younger students too

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I was so inspired by this lesson idea and how you seamlessly link key aspects of social-emotional learning, social studies, and writing. Having students reflect on how people in a given problem situation could be feeling and brainstorm ways that they could solve those problems can help students feel a more personal connection to history or current events and not see those as disconnected from their own lives. These activities also would help build up the skills of empathy and finding solutions to their own school/life problems.

It would be easy to use and adapt much of what you outlined for elementary grade students. Even just having them look at a problem situation in social studies or current events and analyze the questions you laid out would deepen both their social and academic skills.

Thanks so much for this thoughtful post and very practical suggestions.

President, NJ Association for Middle Level Education

Posting those articles

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When I have kids write articles or editorials, I have them use the very simple tool called the newspaper clipping generator at www.fodey.com. Students can just cut and paste their article in and it will look just like it was clipped from the paper. So easy and kids will love it.

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