Articles about Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), Mindfulness in the Classroom and Trauma Informed Teaching
In the no-words graphic novel, Small Things, Tregonning tells the story of a boy realizing he is not alone struggling with his adolescent feelings. The boy learns the importance of naming his feelings and like so many social and emotional learning ideas is a skill that speaks to adults as much as children.
With Thanksgiving coming up, it’s a good time to practice some gratitude. Research on gratitude has shown that regular practicing gratitude (thinking about what you’re grateful for) enjoy lots of benefits, including having better physical health! Here are two weeks of daily gratitude questions you can pose to your class leading up to Thanksgiving break.
While kids may worry about what is said at parent-teacher conferences, those conversations can be just as stressful for teachers. Parents may feel defensive or upset when they hear that their child is not excelling academically — but it can be even more difficult when teachers have to relay that there are problems of a social-emotional nature. This month we offer teachers SEL resources for parent-teacher conferences.
Research has shown that those who are able to analyze, reflect, and pay attention to their internal body states, such as their heart rate, have a stronger sense of emotional awareness thus are better able to regulate their emotions and respond appropriately to situations that arise. This month, we offer a ready-to-go lesson plan helping students build skills to understand what is going on in their bodies while building social and emotional skills along the way.
As mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions become more popular in schools, it is important to investigate what benefits mindfulness has on youth and their development through the field of neuroscience. Through the research and literature collected, it is clear that mindfulness generates stillness, moment-to-moment awareness, and calm centered breathing can all work together to decrease anxiety, blood pressure, depression while increasing immunity, compassion, empathy, and non-reactivity (Wells, 2015). This month, we dig into how mindfulness has been found to impact brain development.
With an increase in SEL in schools around the world, it is important to know the benefits and impact SEL can play on students’ development inside and outside of the classroom. This month we dig into the research behind social and emotional learning and look into the benefits of implementing consistent SEL in schools.
While students might get some informal SEL education at home, they will probably only encounter direct lessons on SEL in the classroom. So if you’re doing some professional reading this summer, deepening your knowledge of SEL and mindfulness is a great way to go. This month, Emmi Scott introduces five SEL books for teachers to read this summer.
You became a teacher because you want to make a difference; because you love children; because you enjoy seeing the expression on a child’s face when he or she finally understands a new concept. It is that passion that makes you a great teacher—the same passion that can also lead to burn-out.
Spring break is a great time for students and teachers alike to take some downtime away from school. However, coming back to school after an amazing week off can present challenges in the classroom. With the end of the school year in sight for many teachers coming back from spring break, we put together a list of ways to keep both your students and yourself motivated to finish the school year on a high note.
Students are able to share different instances when they felt emotions in their body. One student explains he is feeling the excitement in his fingers and hands because he has a football game later that day, another boy shares his mind feels yellow with joy, and a girl in the front shares her stomach hurts because she is feeling sad today. Ms. Larson acknowledges and supports each emotion expressed by her student and explains her own personal feelings, that she too has felt sad, excited, and happy all even in one day.