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Sunday, May 7, 2017

As I continue to consult in schools, I am becoming increasingly concerned with the focus on academics at the expense of the SEL development of the child. Recently, I discovered a new blog - Greater Good - The Science of a Meaningful Life. Following is an article from that blog. This is a must read.



  
Districts and schools all over the country are working hard to make social-emotional learning (SEL) a part of the “DNA” of the educational process, meaning they’re going beyond just the adoption of an SEL curricula and are incorporating SEL into school climate, discipline policies, teacher professional development, and the like.
But for educational leaders who are new to SEL or who are trying to figure out where to start, this process can seem overwhelming.

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As the stories illustrate, SEL isn’t just about academics. It’s about human connection—that beautiful and complicated necessity of life and school. Here’s how Austin, Texas, administrator Caroline Chase puts it:
Sometimes it’s hard for the adults to connect to the fact that students are human beings. So SEL is the humanity that’s created when we do things like check-ins with each other, which allows us to have real relationships—where you’re really interested in somebody’s story and you want to know what that person’s about and why they are the way they are.
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

This is one of the best articles I have read in a while. We are only just beginning to recognize and validate the connection between social, emotional, and intellectual ties. Courtesy of A View From The Edge News and Notes from Oklahoma Educator Rob Miller A View From The Edge.


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He is ours. He was ours when he arrived in kindergarten thirteen years ago – precocious, curious, and bursting with spirit. His blue plaid shirt brought out the tint of his eyes and his bount…




Saturday, March 18, 2017

Here is a great article on learning to critique a peer's work and raise the critiquer's awareness of their own processing. Be sure to see the video on the bottom of the article. Courtesy of MindShift.



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How Students Critiquing One Another's Work Raises The Quality Bar
 
Too often, when students produce schoolwork, they turn it into a teacher for a grade and move on. And after the teacher spends time evaluating the student's work, many students never look at the feedback, a cycle that frustrates both parties and isn't the most effective way to learn.

Several schools are trying a different model — one that takes more time but also helps students feel more ownership over the quality of their work. Called peer critique, students follow clear protocols that remind them to "be kind, be specific, and be helpful" in the feedback they give to peers.

At Two Rivers Charter School in Washington, D.C., students explain to Edutopia how through a process of revisions, they can feel proud about gradually producing high quality work. And, since students start doing the peer critique protocol in preschool, the school has built up a culture infused with a growth mindset. Students (and teachers) are constantly experiencing that they can learn from other people's work and that work can always be better.

"You're basically changing the idea of what it means to 'be done,' " said Jessica Wodatch, executive director of Two Rivers Charter School. Often times teachers and parents underestimate the capacity young children have to absorb and use constructive critique. EL Education has a helpful video showing how careful questioning, ground rules and a culture focused on improvement can help students to create beautiful work, often surpassing what adults may expect.
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Friday, February 17, 2017

Can Virtual Reality “teach” empathy? This article presents an interesting approach to teaching empathy. I think it has some viable applications. It is well worth a read. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Educators look to VR to teach empathy
Educators look to VR to teach empathy
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Researchers at Stanford University have found that virtual reality experiences can help tap into users' emotions and stoke empathy. Some educators like English teacher Cayne Letizia have used VR experiences involving refugees to help teach empathy.
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