Classroom Strategies

School Districts’ Most Pressing Social-Emotional Learning Needs

Summary:  This Ed Week Market Brief presents the results of a national survey of 700 educational leaders as what they feel are the most important SEL needs during the pandemic.  The most pressing need was how to how create or maintain an positive learning environment while social distancing is in place.  Other concerns were student …

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Navigating Social and Emotional Learning from the Inside Out

Summary:  This report looks at 25 top SEL programs to identify and summarize key features and attributes of programming for elementary-age children, addressing the need for detailed information about SEL curricula and implementation to help schools and OST providers make informed decisions. Source:  Stephanie Jones et al, Harvard Graduate School of Education, May 2, 2017 …

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Kindergarten

Educators Find Strategies Fostering SEL, Play for Youngest Students as Coronavirus Continues

Summary:  This article talks about how pre-school students can be encouraged to build SEL skills through playtime and sharing even with the restrictions caused by the pandemic.  Suggestions are made about encouraging play and SEL activities for both in-person and online learning.   Source:  Lauren Barack, Education DIVE, September 16, 2020 Description:  “From preschool to early …

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Why Students Need Social-Emotional Learning Now

Summary:  This is a special report from Ed Week addressing the importance of social-emotional learning as schools re-open for the 2020-21 school year.  The report offers the results of two surveys which attest to the concerns of students as they contemplate going back for the 2020-21 school year.  Their levels of stress and anxiety are …

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8 Strategies to Improve Participation in Your Virtual Classroom

Summary:  This article suggests both synchronous and asynchronous strategies that teachers can use to engage students during virtual learning.  These strategies include such ideas as using Zoom Chat for student responses, breakout rooms for small-group instruction, and other ideas for asynchronous instruction. Source:  Emelino Minero, Edutopia, August 21, 2020 Description:  “The challenges of getting students …

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How CDC Guidance Could Shape What Back-to-School Looks Like in the COVID-19 Era

Summary:  This article discusses the content of the voluntary CDC Guidelines for re-opening schools.  The scenarios presented have an impact on every aspect of schooling, presenting challenges to educators when planning for a safe re-opening of schools. Source:  Evie Blad, Education Week, May 29, 2020 Description:  “Face masks would become common, cafeterias would be closed to prevent crowding, …

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The Success of Social-Emotional Learning Hinges on Teachers

Summary: This article speaks about the importance of the teacher’s role in developing social-emotional competencies.  Results of an Ed Week survey, along with reports from schools in various states, show that school leaders and teachers feel the need for more sustained professional development and training in helping students develop SEL skills. Source:  Madeline Will, Education Week, …

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Tips for Managing Virtual Instruction During the COVID-19 Crisis

Summary:  This article provides some support for teachers who are now conducting classes using online virtual instruction during the COVID-19 outbreak.  the article offers some online teaching strategies as well as positive advice and support as teachers take on this new challenge. Source:  Maurice Elias, New Jersey Education Association, March 20, 2020 Description:  “Teachers are …

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Book Review: Nurturing Students’ Character

Summary:  This new book by Maurice Elias and Jeffrey Kress offers ideas and strategies that teachers can use to manage their classrooms and increase their students’ learning.  Drawn from practical experience, these techniques are time-proven and classroom-tested. Source:  Kress, Jeffery S, and Elias, Maurice J., “Nurturing Student Character:  Everyday Teaching Activities for Social Emotional Learning”  Published …

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Understanding Trauma-Informed Education

Summary:  This article is written by a principal of an acclaimed Trauma-Informed school.  He describes what trauma-informed education is and what it isn’t.  He offers six misconceptions about trauma-informed education and the reality behind each of these misconceptions. Source:  Mathew Portell, Edutopia, December 16, 2019 Description:  “ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) have made their way into …

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