Articles about Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), Mindfulness in the Classroom, and Trauma-Informed Teaching
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SEL and Racial Equity
SEL teaches children the lessons they need to understand and practice racial equity. Social emotional learning starts with bringing an end to racism and injustice. But how do we have these tough conversations with young people?
Funding Sources for SEL
You’re a school administrator, you’re already stretched thin. You may want to implement social-emotional learning, but you don’t have the money! Here are some creative ways you can fund your SEL program.
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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Articles
Teaching Empathy to Elementary Students
Teaching Empathy to Young Children Creates Kind Adults Teaching empathy to elementary students may seem second-tier to “more important” subjects...
Active Listening Skills for Kids
The Importance of Active Listening Skills for Kids Active listing skills need to be explicitly taught to kids, contrary to popular belief. We seem...
Decision-Making for Kids
Kids Meditation for Sleep
3 Breathing Exercises to Help Kids Sleep If you're a mindful parent, you've realized that kids' meditations for sleep are tricky. How do you keep...
How Parents Teach Emotional Intelligence to Kids
What do a French philosopher, a modern neurologist, and trees have to do with emotional intelligence?
First, that we must stop trying to understand and teach emotional intelligence through the lens of thought alone.
Top 5 SEL Books for Teachers to Read
Happy summer! For most teachers, school is out, and you’re about to enjoy a few months of sun, fun, and relaxation. And if you’re like many...
Mindfulness in the Classroom Articles
Mindfulness & Silence Lesson
Notes from the Field: A Silent Lesson in Mindfulness from High Tech Elementary Empowering Education recently observed a lesson in mindful silence at...
Mindfulness in the Special Education Classroom
How I Brought Mindfulness into My Special Education Class For several years, I worked as a special education teacher with students with autism...
Self-Care for Teachers During COVID-19
Self-Care for Teachers During the Coronavirus Pandemic A Guest Post by Anne Brunette, LCSW, Psychotherapist Self-care for teachers has always been...
Drop Your Anchor
Drop Your Anchor: A Hands-On Mindfulness Activity The basis of the drop your anchor metaphor is this: Your brain can be thought of as a boat sailing...
Mindfulness in Kindergarten
How do I teach mindfulness to kindergarteners? We already know the benefits of mindfulness for kids, but how exactly should you get your youngest...
Benefits of Mindfulness for Children
Benefits of Mindfulness for Kids If you're the type of educator like I was a number of years ago, you might immediately feel like mindfulness isn't...
Trauma-Informed Teaching Articles
Resilience in Isolation
Dr. Adelia Moore shares insight into parenting for resilience, even in social isolation. Being a more confident parent – being the grownup – strengthens your child’s resolve. Many parents are understandably worried about the effects of extended social distancing on children’s well-being. Your emotional state is contagious, for better or worse. Let’s make it for the better.
SEL and Racial Equity
SEL teaches children the lessons they need to understand racial equity. Social emotional learning starts with bringing an end to racism and injustice. But how do we have these tough conversations with young people? We compiled a list of resources, books, and activities to help adults and kids talk about race.
Teacher Tips for Online Learning
Create a virtual classroom from home: how you can build an online class using these 6 distance learning tips.
Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus: 4 Tips
As coronavirus continues to affect each of us, we would like to provide resources and tips in response to student questions regarding the virus and school closures, in addition to providing activities that students can do at home to stay engaged.
Tips for the Trauma Informed Educator: Stress & Trauma as Resilience Factors
Being a trauma-informed educator does not mean that we need to protect our students from all possible stressors and difficult experiences, rather, it means we have a deeper understanding of our students’ emotional states and we work to empower them to respond effectively to challenges and stressors….If we as parents and educators remove all stress from a child’s life we are robbing them of their richest opportunities for growth.
5 Ways to Support Children (& Ourselves) in the Wake of Tragedy
When students feel unsafe they don’t learn. So, how can we support students in the face of such global tension? Is there anything that we can do as educators and parents to create a sense of safety?
Absolutely. The same principles for effective treatment and prevention of trauma hold true here. Here are five practices to support your students (and yourself) following a tragic event.