Educators from Mount Desert Elementary School in Northeast Harbor, Maine, have shared a few social and emotional learning tools and we've gathered some of our favorite resources to help educators implement positive discipline strategies, build community, and keep kids engaged.
April 4, 2013
If you'd like to deepen your understanding of SEL and how to apply it as an educator or parent, here are resources to get you started. The following are the combined recommendations of Mount Desert Elementary and the Chicago-based nonprofit Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).
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Resources from Mount Desert Elementary School
Rebecca Heniser, a third-grade teacher at Mount Desert Elementary School, shared some resources that can help you get started.
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Learn More About Mount Desert Elementary
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Social and Emotional Learning Websites for Classroom Management
Responsive Classroom - An approach for elementary classroom management that focuses on increasing academic achievement, decreasing problem behaviors, improving social skills, and developing higher-quality instruction.
The Lineage Project - A program using awareness-based practices such as yoga and meditation to teach mindfulness to at-risk and incarcerated teenagers.
Mindful Life - A program using mindfulness to teach kids how to manage emotion, handle stress, and resolve conflict.
A Year at Mission Hill - A ten-part series documenting how a public school is trying to make a connection between social and emotional well-being and intellectual growth.
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Reading List: Introduction to SEL
General Introductions to SEL
Books for Educators
Promoting Social and Emotional Learning: Guidelines for Educators, by Maurice J. Elias and others
The Caring Teacher's Guide for Discipline: Helping Students Learn Self-Control, Responsibility, and Respect, by Marilyn Gootman
The Power of Our Words: Teacher Language That Helps Children Learn, by Paula Denton
The Classroom of Choice: Giving Students What They Need and Getting What You Want, by Jonathan C. Erwin
Recognition Without Rewards, by Caren Cameron, Betty Tate, Daphne MacNaughton, and Colleen Politano
Books for Parents
Thinking Parent, Thinking Child, by Myrna B. Shure
Thinking Parent, Thinking Child shows how to apply "I Can Problem Solve" techniques to the top concerns of parents and children from preschoolers through those in their preteen years. Not only will children learn to think about their own and others' feelings, they'll also learn to appreciate that you have feelings, too.
Emotionally Intelligent Parenting: How to Raise a Self-Disciplined, Responsible, Socially Skilled Child, by Maurice J. Elias and others
The authors provide emotionally intelligent parenting strategies for addressing everyday issues with children. The book includes exercises for raising the family "humor quotient," becoming aware of feelings, praising and prioritizing, and coaching your child in responsible action.
Building Emotional Intelligence: Techniques to Cultivate Inner Strength in Children, by Linda Lantieri and Daniel Goleman
Practical Tools for the Classroom
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More Edutopia Resources on Social and Emotional Learning:
Social and emotional learning (SEL) programs recognize that there's more to a child's personal, academic, and adult-life success than pure academics. Self-awareness, self-respect, self-control, and interpersonal skills can go a long way to helping a child become a happy, effective student and citizen (watch the Edutopia introductory video on SEL).
For more, check out our social and emotional learning strategy page.
(For more innovative ideas for teaching classroom management, check out our social and emotional learning blog series.)