Teachers have taken many steps to address the social and emotional needs of their students. SEL skills, however, are often taught in a way that’s isolated from content-area instruction. Students may begin their day, for example, with a morning meeting or advisory class, or they may participate in a mindful moment.
How can schools integrate social and emotional practices into academic instruction where they can have the greatest impact on learning? Here are three simple strategies for making SEL a part of the curriculum.
High school students benefit from meaningful relationships with adults at school, and teachers can foster those ties in little ways every day.
Teachers can create positive learning experiences for students that combine assessment with agency, opportunity, and community building.
When students get to make decisions about their learning, it can be powerfully motivating. In any environment that requires attendance, there’s a significant risk of disengagement. Remove choice and you breed passivity or, worse, defiance. This article reviews student choice in several contexts and how to support students making choices in the classroom.
Teachers at this Pennsylvania school have adapted the Modern Classrooms model to work with elementary grades, by designing color-coded pictorial unit “road maps,” creating teacher-made videos with prompts for students to pause and practice new skills, and offering must-do, should-do, and aspire-to-do lessons within each unit.
"You know the hardest thing about teaching with project-based learning? Explaining it to someone." In this article, Heather Wolpert-Gawron presents her "elevator speech" about PBL to help educators clearly understand what it's all about.
This article argues that the term ‘digital citizenship’ is often mistaken for the term ‘digital responsibility’ and describes several ideas for how to help develop active digital citizens.