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Integrating SEL into Content Curriculum

Integrating SEL into Content Curriculum

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Are there ways you integrate SEL into your curriculum? This week, for example, my students are exploring the question 'which is more powerful -- the tactics of military forces or the tactics of cooperation?' Through the context of the China v. Tibet conflict, we're considering themes of power and justification. Also, students have to write back and forth to each other about this question. I tend to think there are many, many ways to integrate SEL into curriculum, and students really respond to it. It ups engagement and relevance, and higher level thinking. Any thoughts? ideas?

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Yadira Kinkade's picture

Rachel, what a substantive thought provoking exercise. You may have already asked your students to consider the possible outcomes in light of the cultural differences and similarities between China and Tibet.

A sample (microcosm) could be to bring it full circle by utilizing 2 volunteers who have a mock discussion about their own conflict either pretending to be China and Tibet or some variation of the theme and have a class discussion about the exchange. I will be reading closely to learn more about your methods - thank you!

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