Social and Emotional Learning Subscribe to RSS SEL and Spirituality: Instructional Implications November 19, 2014 Related Tags: Social and Emotional Learning,Curriculum Planning Find out why it's important for educators to explore the connection between social-emotional learning and spirituality. Sign in to vote! (1) Learn More About Social and Emotional Learning Latest Orienting Educators to SEL Through Video Teach Mindfulness, Invite Happiness A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future Cracking the Code of Student Emotional Pain The Importance of a Healthy Teacher Ego Related Tags: Social and Emotional LearningCurriculum Planning Comments (4)Sign in or register to postSubscribe to comments via RSS Newest Related Discussions Posted 11/19/2014 5:43pm Ian the MillerCreative Director for Satyrus Jeering™, The Legendary Facemaker & Storyteller This is brilliant work Maurice and Jeffrey! I hope to see the rationale segment of this discussion travel throughout the educator realms. I feel that redefinition of the term spirituality and the confidence to intentionally implement it will allow further work to be done both within and outside the classroom. Critical components for a new model. Bravo! Sign in to vote! Posted 11/19/2014 6:52pm Leslie StanickArt educator, Contemplative education, ESL instructor, Teacher educator, Art-based practices offer students non-verbal ways to explore inner realities that have not yet been processed emotionally or verbally. I invite students and workshop participants into a quiet contemplative awareness of breath, their bodies, heart, hands..... I will sometimes invite inquiry in a particular direction, it might be one word, music, a line from a poem, a feeling, and ask them to sit with it for a few moments, as long as it takes, until they feel an urge to express or see an image. The process is very organic and flows easily from inner awareness through contemplation to expression through various art materials. I have used fabric art, drawing, painting, clay and collage as media for self exploration. As students create, feelings, insights and understandings will arise. Giving form and visual expression, as well as physical expression through movement, will often elicit verbal or written expression during or after the art-making process. The act of making marks or sculpting clay is both visual and visceral allowing an embodied exploration of emotional and spiritual experience. Sign in to vote! Posted 11/20/2014 4:06am Todd SentellAuthor of the hilarious schoolhouse memoir, "Can't Wait to Get There. Can't Wait to Leave" OY VEY I substituted a lot and taught long supply jobs in the special education section of a school for Jewish kids, as well as in their mainstream classes, pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. On my first day, in homeroom, a little sixth grade girl with a wild head of hair asked me if I was Jewish. I said I didn't know. She looked at me funny, and then cocked her head. Then she asked me if I was a Christian. I asked her ... How do I know if I'm a Christian? She made an even funnier face this time. I said why do you ask. She asked have I ever asked a question just for the sake of asking a question. I gave her my most serious face, which took a few moments to make, and then said ... Uh, no. Sign in to vote! Posted 11/25/2014 3:12pm Mark WildingEd PassageWorks Institute Maurice and Jeffrey: Thanks for taking on this topic! Rachael is smiling! One of Rachael Kessler's most powerful principles was "Welcoming the Unwelcome." This is core to supporting young people (and educators too) to develop resilience and grit. "Welcoming the unwelcome refers to the capacity to see challenges and obstacles as opportunities for learning and growth." - (from page 72 of "The 5 Dimensions of Engaged Teaching" - http://passageworks.org/welcoming-the-unwelcome/#sthash.neqcrYA1.dpuf) - Warm regards, from chilly Boulder. Sign in to vote! blog Orienting Educators to SEL Through VideoLast comment 5 days 14 hours ago in Social and Emotional Learning Discussion The Grit to Jump Hurdles & Grace to Recover From ThemLast comment 3 days 11 hours ago in Resilience and Grit blog Teach Mindfulness, Invite HappinessLast comment 2 weeks 1 day ago in Mindfulness Discussion What Did I Assume About My Students' Summers?Last comment 3 days 16 hours ago in Mental Health blog A Look Inside the Classroom of the FutureLast comment 5 hours 42 min ago in Education Trends Sign in to comment. Not a member? Register. Sign in using social networks Or sign in here: Email address * Password * Forgot your password?