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Hello! I'm thrilled to be a part of this group. Social & Emotional Learning is about teaching our students how to be engaged and aware people in the world who know how to communicate effectively. I would argue that this is the most important part of our job. I know each teacher has strategies, routines, rituals, and lessons that work to educate the whole child. I'm hoping that we can share these best practices, insights, and a-ha! moments and experiences here...so that we can all serve our students as completely as possible! Thanks for joining, and PLEASE recruit your friends and colleagues!

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Amy Gonzalez's picture
Amy Gonzalez
Middle School English Teacher

Thanks for doing this Kati!I am wondering how teachers balance mandated curriculums and standards along with lessons/procedures to support social & emotional needs. I wonder how I can develop the patience and understanding for my neediest students. I wonder if what I do in the classroom is enough or ever will be. Lots to ponder...

Erika Saunders's picture
Erika Saunders
6th-8th Special Ed, LS & Mentally Gifted teacher

I'm so happy to have this group! This is the area where I often see so much growth in my students but it doesn't get acknowledged. I also agree with Amy in that I constantly wonder if what I do is ever or will ever be enough.

Amy Gonzalez's picture
Amy Gonzalez
Middle School English Teacher

Go quickly here:http://www.pbs.org/thisemotionallife/

Harvard psychologist, Daniel Gilbert hosts a series of videos exploring happiness. I think it helps me think about how I can best nurture my students. The first episode even talks about bullying! I don't know how long the episodes will be available online for free though...

Karen Walsh's picture

Does anyone know whether or not the SEL legislation introduced last month has made it out of committee yet?

Mandira's picture

Hello. I am currently doing my internship and learning how to become a good teacher. However, I have have begun to take class for the past one month now in an international school for the 5 year olds. Children do tend to emotionally blackmail teachers when they know they dont get what they want.I observed my senior teacher teaching.A 5 year old boy begins to cry as he doesnt get the snow man he made in class. The teacher tried to explain to him that it would be displayed in class and he would get his snow man by the end of the month. We even tried to distract him by giving him something to colour as its his favourite. But he didn't listen. The snow man was ultimately given to him. How do you deal a situation like this especially when the boy doesnt even belong to the country he is getting educated in?

Maurice Elias's picture
Maurice Elias
Prof. of Psychology, Director, Rutgers Social-Emotional Learning Lab, Director, the Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service

From an SEL point of view, the teacher should be having a conversation with the class about this topic: "In our class, there will be times when we are not going to be able to get what we want. Sometimes we will go to a Center and there will be no space, so we will have to wait or go to another Center. Sometimes another student will be using what you want to use. What can we do in our classroom when we want something but we can't have it at that moment?" After the kids generate some ideas, which they will, you can make some general rules, under the heading, "What We Do In Our Class When We Can't Have What We Want". Those rules should be posted (even if kids can't read them, they will associate to them) and referred to when a situation happens where a child can't get what he or she wants. So when a child starts crying, it's time to say, I know you feel badly, but let's look at the list of things we can do when we can't get what we want. I don't see crying on the list, do you? OK, let's see what you can try that might work better." This kind of approach not only teaches that particular child but it a teachable moment for the rest of the class, and builds their SEL, emotion regulation, and self-control skills.

[quote]Hello. I am currently doing my internship and learning how to become a good teacher. However, I have have begun to take class for the past one month now in an international school for the 5 year olds. Children do tend to emotionally blackmail teachers when they know they dont get what they want.I observed my senior teacher teaching.A 5 year old boy begins to cry as he doesnt get the snow man he made in class. The teacher tried to explain to him that it would be displayed in class and he would get his snow man by the end of the month. We even tried to distract him by giving him something to colour as its his favourite. But he didn't listen. The snow man was ultimately given to him. How do you deal a situation like this especially when the boy doesnt even belong to the country he is getting educated in?[/quote]

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Malathi Swaminathan
Mental Health cum Education Consultant

I teach / conduct workshops for pre-primary teacher trainees (in India).
Given my mental health and human development background subjects taught by me were aspects concerning human development.
I embedded and tailored human development concepts with SEL so that students saw the need and value of CASEL.
Foresmost in this, I make them aware of SEL, identify/think/ action in order to practice. It was not easy at all.
Now, what I keep hearing from each of my graduated practicing students /trainees is that tuning the thinking with SEL has given them rewarding exeprience with classes. Schools see them as "vaue adding" teachers, students are cared for,there is academic as well as over all developemnt of the learners (for me a teacher is a learner in a continuum).
Personally and preofesionally there have been acceptable changes in many of them, that is enabling them further.
Personally when I see this happen time and again I thank having come to know of SEL & CASEL through my course work.
Life Skills Education (LSE) of World Health Organization and SEL make such a lot of meaning for people like me who wish to see preventive mental health and education become embedded!

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