Social-Emotional Learning 2017
It Starts With Teachers
June 7, 2017
Fostering a sense of calm and joy in the classroom must start with the teacher. This special report explores the social-emotional competencies needed for classroom teachers, and how they can then convey those skills to their students. The stories in the report, which include perspective pieces by current teachers, look at new research surrounding teacher stress and burnout, innovative ways to incorporate social-emotional learning into everyday lessons and with different groups of students, and strategies for self-care, mindfulness, and cultural responsiveness, starting in teacher preparation programs.
- Education Q&A How Teacher-Prep Programs Can Embrace Social-Emotional LearningNancy Markowitz, founder of the Center for Reaching & Teaching the Whole Child, discusses how she helps preservice teachers apply a social-emotional lens to all aspects of their work in the classroom.Education Teaching Social-Emotional Competence: A Video CollectionIn these videos from our editorial partner The Teaching Channel, peek into other teachers' classrooms as they demonstrate strategies they use to foster social and emotional learning.Education Can Yoga Help Prevent Teacher Burnout?Researchers and schools are exploring whether regular yoga practice can reduce teacher stress and equip educators with strategies to stay calm during chaotic moments in the classroom.Teaching Profession Happy Teachers Practice Self-CareTeachers must develop their own social-emotional competencies, before they can effectively model these skills to students.Education How Teachers' Stress Affects Students: A Research RoundupHigh stress levels among teachers can harm their students' academic achievement, new research shows.Education Harnessing Student Emotions in Service of a CauseSome teachers are incorporating social-emotional learning into their everyday lessons to prepare students for civic engagement and promote social justice.Education Opinion Happiness Before Homework: Focusing on Feelings in the ClassroomCultivate a classroom culture that fosters productivity and resilience in the face of internal struggles, writes Ronen Habib. Students and teachers alike must invest in self-care to deepen learning and to make strides in personal growth.Education Opinion 'Is Social-Emotional Learning Really Going to Work for Students of Color?'There is an urgency to expand the definition and practices of social-emotional learning in order to create equitable school environments for students of color, Dena Simmons writes.Teaching Profession Opinion The Life Lesson a Teacher of the Year Learned in RehabAfter suffering from burnout, Justin Ashley learned the keys to happiness and to becoming a better, more emotionally balanced teacher.
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