In my role as a school coach and graduate level instructor, I work with a lot of schools and a lot of teachers. No matter where I am- rural, urban, elementary, secondary- and no matter what topic we're discussing, we come back to the same big idea:
In order to be truly successful, there are things kids need to know that go BEYOND the curriculum. How can students learn to be fully developed citizens and human beings, able to function not only from an intellectual perspective (which can be challenging enough!) but also from an empathetic, visceral place?
The question isn't new- much of what currently falls under the heading of Social-Emotional Learning can actually be traced back to Socrates admonishment that one must "Know thyself." But is "knowing myself" a trickier proposition in the 21st Century? Should schools and teachers be responsible for supporting the social and emotional development of their students and, if so, how can we do so without sacrificing content knowledge? If not, whose job is it? And what will be the cost if we *aren't* attentive to this aspect of education?
I can't wait to hear what you're thinking!