Research shows social emotional learning improves classroom performance. How does it work & what does brain research show about emotion in learning?
“I came away with a sense of peace that I can positively change my approach & attitude, which will, in turn, impact those around me” (Participant, EQE Durban). At the invitation of our South Africa network colleagues, Avril Kidd and Candice Smith, and with the tremendous support of Jayne Morrison, Six Seconds Director for [...]
Six Seconds: A Global Organization leading the way to Social and Emotional Learning Interview with Joshua Freedman and Susan Stillman of Six Seconds What does Six Seconds do — and how did “Self-Science” arise? Why is social emotional learning so important today – especially given the violence that’s plaguing our schools? What’s happening at Synapse, [...]
“We create caring, nurturing adults, prepared to be productive citizens in a democratic society.” I’m sure you’ve all seen that proclamation, there or thereabouts, as part of the mission statement of just about every school you’ve ever visited. It’s a common declaration. And meaningless if it isn’t followed. How do we avoid turning it into [...]
A dwarf standing on the shoulders of a giant may see farther than a giant himself. ~Didacus Stella All of us stand on the shoulders of others – no-one is self-made; no-one is self-sufficient; no one person has brought into being all the things that enrich and improve our lives. And, at the start [...]
Isn’t homework essential for getting kids to internalize skills and become solid in their new learning? Keeps them busy and out of trouble… and no harm in that, right? Research says it’s not so clear that it helps… and the social-emotional effects may be grave. Here’s an excerpt from a new article in the Washington [...]
This is an outrageously cool example of great learning — head, heart, and hands all together. Real questions, real challenge, and real meaning — not “dumbed down.” Imagine if all our teachers had this depth of insight and “spark of genius” to engage students this deeply… it’s SO POSSIBLE to give children this gift and meet our [...]
by Alan Cooper Beyond on going observation and the practical knowledge, formal data collection of classroom relationships can help teachers create a positive classroom culture. Sociograms (see diagram below) do this. They are a teacher-made and teacher friendly way of gaining rich data about the class’s social relationships. Construction To construct a class sociogram, ask [...]