Classroom Strategies

Here Are 3 Top SEL Strategies That Can Help Improve Student Engagement Right Now

Summary: The authors identify the importance of student engagement particularly in a time of remote or hybrid learning. They identify three elements of student engagement: [1] connected, safe, and welcomed; [2] choice, voice, and agency in their learning; and [3]connected learning. They go on to provide strategies for each of these key elements. Source: Alex Kajitani, Tom …

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How to Help High School Students Develop Empathy

Summary: This article presents eight strategies that will help to develop empathy in high school students. These suggestions include expressing one’s feelings, really listening to one another, occupying characters from books, reacting to movies, among others. Empathy is certainly needed in our present word and these strategies can help students become more empathetic. Source: Maurice …

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How to Embed SEL Into Your Instruction

Summary: This article focuses on the WHY behind social emotional learning and the importance of embedding these skills in the classroom. The author cites the importance of providing students with opportunities to practice and cultivate these skills and to reflect on their importance. The author also suggests strategies for practicing the five SEL domains. These …

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Integrating Social and Emotional Learning in English Language Arts

Summary: This article makes suggestions as to how the arts can bring social emotional learning (SEL) to ELA classes. The author provides some examples using drama, dance, music, and visual arts that promote SEL in language arts classes. Making an effort to use these strategies promotes creativity and allows students different ways to express their …

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Students Need Emotional Support When Returning to School in Person. Here’s How

Summary: This article provides six ways for schools to prioritize Social-Emotional Learning when returning to school. These suggestions include mixing predictability and novelty, dealing with misbehavior in an understanding way, building students’ sense of competency, making connections, addressing students differing needs, and providing a safety net so no student falls through the cracks. Source: Phyllis …

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Happy Teacher

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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