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What is SEL?

What is SEL? | 21st century school | Scoop.it

Social and emotional learning involves the processes of developing social and emotional competencies in children. SEL programming is based on the understanding that the best learning emerges in the context of supportive relationships that make learning challenging, engaging, and meaningful; social and emotional skills are critical to being a good student, citizen, and worker; and many different risky behaviors (e.g., drug use, violence, bullying, and dropout) can be prevented or reduced when multi-year, integrated efforts develop students’ social and emotional skills.

This is best done through effective classroom instruction, student engagement in positive activities in and out of the classroom, and broad parent and community involvement in program planning, implementation, and evaluation (Bond & Hauf, 2004; Hawkins, Smith, & Catalano, 2004; Nation et al., 2003; Weare & Nind, 2011). Effective SEL programming begins in preschool and continues through high school. CASEL has identified five interrelated sets of cognitive, affective, and behavioral competencies.

The definitions of the five competency clusters for students are:

* Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism.

* Self-management: The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals.

* Social awareness: The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.

* Relationship skills: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed.
* Responsible decision-making: The ability to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, the realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and the well-being of self and others.

Via Vilma Bonilla, Ivon Prefontaine, PhD
Tamra Dollar's insight:

To be an effective teacher, we must embrace social and emotional learning. If we don't, we might as well be replaced by a piece of computer software!

Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, July 17, 2013 10:52 PM

Excellent piece on developing emotional intelligence in children.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 18, 2013 11:20 AM

This is a good infographic with some detailed explanation.

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Digital Kids in Schools: Cartoons

Digital Kids in Schools: Cartoons | 21st century school | Scoop.it

Children teaching parents and teachers about the latest high-tech device has become a cliche. The truth at the core of the cliche, however, doesn’t disappear with repetition. Occasionally, cartoons refresh that tired cliche by throwing a spotlight on the differences between digital natives–a.k.a. children–and digital immigrants–a.k.a. parents and teachers. Here are a few cartoons that enlivened the cliche for me and illustrate the distance between the gadget knowledge children have and the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that await those children in school.

Via Digitives
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Tired of the cliche "digital natives?" This is a series of cartoons to remind us of the vast differences between digital ciizens and make us laugh while doing so.

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What is the Most Important Element of a PBL Unit?

What is the Most Important Element of a PBL Unit? | 21st century school | Scoop.it

What is the most important element in PBL unit? There are8 elements to choose from:

* Significant Content

* A Need to Know

* A Driving Question

* Student Voice and Choice

* 21st Century Skills

* Inquiry and Innovation

* Feedback and Revision

* Publicly Presented Product

This post states that a driving question is most important. "If you find the right questions then most of the other factors identified are covered automatically."

The question then becomes "How do you generate a great question and who is the right person to generate that question?" To this the answer would be the students.

If this is an area where you are not sure how to work with students then look into the the work of the Right Question Institute (RQI) and their Question Formation Technique (QFT). To help you better understand this they provide a look at "how question generation was embedded at the heart of a PBL unit."

Via Beth Dichter
Tamra Dollar's insight:

PBL's begin with a driving question, one that is relevant to the learner and fosters engagement. Feedback is ongoing and essential for learner to happen.

Victor Marín Navarro's curator insight, March 16, 2013 8:59 AM

¿Cuáles son los elementos más importantes en un Proyecto de Aprendizaje? Aprendizaje significativo, necesidad de saber, un hilo conductor en forma de pregunta, aprendizaje activo por parte de los alumnos que implique elección, heramientas para el siglo XXI, descubrimiento e innovación, feed-back y revisión, presentación oral y pública del producto.

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Teaching Toddlers to Tweet? Introducing Social Media to Elementary Students

Teaching Toddlers to Tweet? Introducing Social Media to Elementary Students | 21st century school | Scoop.it
Let me begin this post by saying, "I agree."

I agree that students should have recess and play outside.
I agree that young children need to interact in a face-to-face setting.
I agree that it is dev...

Via Pierre Levy
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I agree with naysayers that we still need face-to-face interactions. However, if my grandparents had been tweeting during the great depression, I can only imagine how much more connected they would  have felt instead of being isolated raising 4 children on an farm relying on weekly letters to reassure them that the war was ending! The benefits outweigh the negatives!

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Beyond Gamification: Architecting Engagement Through Game Design Th...

Gamification is the process of applying game design elements to non-game contexts in order to drive user engagement, influence behavior and improve the user exp
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Gamification applies game designs in non-game contexts. Imagine the possibities when students are applying math, reading, science critical thinking skills to engage in a fun and innovative game! 

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Op-Ed: iPads Transformed My Special Education Classroom

Op-Ed: iPads Transformed My Special Education Classroom | 21st century school | Scoop.it
Fed up with the sad reality special education students face, Neil Virani changed his students’ lives with technology.

Via John Evans
Gennon John's comment, July 21, 2013 7:18 AM
It's a change..
kmmk's curator insight, July 22, 2013 3:04 AM


Julie Newman's curator insight, November 15, 2013 11:43 AM

I found this article very inspirational because it describes a teacher, Jane Good, who did not give up on her special needs students, as the school system was prior to her arrival. Before she came to her current school, her special needs students were placed in broken-down classrooms where they were given no attention and very low expectations. Good was able to guide her students in overcoming these obstacles with the help of a technology grant she received allowing her to supply everyone of her students with an iPad. These iPads allowed students to accomplish goals no one ever thought was possible for them. For example, one student who had never written before due to his lack of fine motor skills wrote his first word on the iPad. Similarly, three other students were able to learn to read though the iPad's stimulating and interactive features. After reading this article, I found that the iPad and other technologies truly helped children with special needs step outside the limitations previously established for them by the school system and make progress no one ever believed could be made. This alone shows me how powerful this tool can be in a special needs classroom. These students need to be stimulated through interactive learning and the iPad provides just that. I have found a lot of research that agrees with this article and proves that technology is a necessity in the special needs classroom. 

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The Neurology of Gaming

The Neurology of Gaming | 21st century school | Scoop.it

Are you using games to teach?


Here's an infographic about the impact - both positive and negative - that videos games have on the brain.

Via Katherine Stevens
Tamra Dollar's insight:

Gamed based learning is a powerful tool for teaching! As a data nerd, I have seen first hand the achievement scores of students who game vs. don't game. This is not a scientific study, but is based on seeing scores skyrocket from students who are accused of "doing nothing" in school and yet are avid gamers. Hmmm.

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5 Leadership Lessons from Nelson Mandela

We'd like to take a break on presentation techniques and share with our viewers a slideshow featuring leadership lessons from former South African President Nelson Mandela.

Via AlGonzalezinfo, Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Mandela's entire life is the story of an ordinary man who did extraordinary things! Great to share with teacher leaders and students.

Jenny Ebermann's comment, July 17, 2013 7:38 AM
Very wise words...
Joe Boutte's curator insight, July 20, 2013 3:22 PM

Mr Mandela's entire life is filled with lessons on leadership...

Eugene Fernandez's comment, July 20, 2013 9:35 PM
Mandela personifies Gandhi's statement- 'Be the Change you want to See in the Wold"
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Ira Glass on Storytelling

Video by David Shiyang Liu - "UPDATE: Thanks for all your kind words guys! It's quite overwhelming to see this shared and retweeted all over! All sins typographic in nature have been amended,…"

Via Douglas Eby
Douglas Eby's curator insight, July 13, 2013 1:58 PM

Book: The New Kings of Nonfiction - "An anthology of the best new masters of nonfiction storytelling, personally chosen and introduced by Ira Glass" http://buff.ly/12z0fQn

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Gaming is good for you infographic by @FrugalDad: http://j.mp/10J6STF - via @thinkgeek

Gaming is good for you infographic by @FrugalDad: http://j.mp/10J6STF - via @thinkgeek | 21st century school | Scoop.it

Via Ludmila Smirnova
Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, July 13, 2013 12:49 PM

Gaming is good for you! Explore this inforgraphics to see it for yourself!

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5 Things Every Presenter Needs To Know About People

Great presenters understand how people think, learn, and react. In this video Dr. Weinschenk shares 5 Things from her book, "100 Things Every Presenter Needs To…

Via Ludmila Smirnova
Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, July 12, 2013 6:35 PM

A great Vimeo video with the tips of how to resent effectively!

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5 Fun Ways to Engage Your Students

5 Fun Ways to Engage Your Students | 21st century school | Scoop.it
  [caption id=attachment_271 align=alignleft width=300 caption= ][/caption] How to engage students is one of the biggest challenges in...

Via Leon Weatherstone
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Engagement begins with making emotional connections to learning! Students need to understand the why behind what they are doing instead of doing what they are told. Curiousity is a powerful motivator.

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Our PD Talk: Date the Tool, Marry the Ability

Our PD Talk: Date the Tool, Marry the Ability | 21st century school | Scoop.it
Yesterday, I was fortunate to sit down with the amazing Dennis Grice and the equally spectacular Jacob Standish as we discussed professional development and differentiation. I've been in a bit of a...

Via Rafranz Davis, Ivon Prefontaine, PhD
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A poignant reminder to keep technology in perspective. It is a tool for learning!

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 18, 2013 7:02 PM

What is interesting is that we would not teach children without helping them make meaning of what they are learning through connections to life. Yet, we approach adults that way and we do.

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11 Ways to Make an Inquiry based Classroom | Le...

11 Ways to Make an Inquiry based Classroom | Le... | 21st century school | Scoop.it

You became a teacher not to pontificate to trusting minds, but to teach children how to succeed as adults. That idealism infused every class in your credential program and only took a slight bump d...

Via Anne McNeill
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Let students ask questions and let their questions guide them to explore. It's okay if a inquiry path leads to a dead end. Allow students to learn what it means to tweak their question and follow a different path. 

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 23, 2013 6:18 PM

Some good ideas that have made sense for a long time in some cases.

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Learners Assessing their Own Work

Learners Assessing their Own Work | 21st century school | Scoop.it
Sarah Downing-Ford is a 7th grade middle school teacher in Maine who shares how her learners unpack standards and assess their own work.

Via Les Howard
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Creating a personalized learning environment nutures authentic outcomes. Learning outcomes should stem from student engagement and ownership.

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Well-Behaved Students and Engaged Students Aren't the Same Thing

Well-Behaved Students and Engaged Students Aren't the Same Thing | 21st century school | Scoop.it
While educators often focus on class behavior as a measure of student engagement, a new study finds subtler facets of engagement can be harder to flag but just as critical for their long-term academic success.

Via Grant Montgomery
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Engaged students talk, ask questions, move around..not sit still and raising their hand to ask questions.

Ron Wright's comment, July 12, 2013 9:43 AM
Grant: If you believe in the findings and research of this article and it's accompanying study, you owe it to yourself to follow the work of Dr. Phil Schlechty.
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Today's most creative people: The makers of a pen that vibrates when you make a mistake

Today's most creative people: The makers of a pen that vibrates when you make a mistake | 21st century school | Scoop.it
Daniel Kaesmacher and Falk Wolsky's new Kickstarter project Lernstift is a Linuxpowered pen that could help children learn to write and spell.

Via Alexander Crépin
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Instant feedback for struggling writers! I'm intrigued by the uniqueness of the product and am interested in the story behind its inventors. Wow! Great example of entreprenurial genius!

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6 Basic Benefits Of Game-Based Learning

6 Basic Benefits Of Game-Based Learning | 21st century school | Scoop.it

There seems to be a perception that online gaming has a detrimental impact on children’s development. Nothing could be further from the truth, and there are countless–and complex–reasons for this, but it also makes sense at the basic benefits of game-based learning.


Via Nik Peachey
Tamra Dollar's insight:

Game-based-learning lines up with Marzano's brain-based-strategies. While games in and of themselves (like any technology) are a vehicle for learning that must be follow-up with real life connections and applications or we've given our students..well..just another game to play.

Brendan Schirmer's curator insight, March 21, 2013 11:08 PM

learning incorporated in gaming

Shanika Journey's curator insight, April 12, 2013 1:18 PM

These benefits also apply to adults using game-based learning for business or personal develoment.

Dr.Revathi Viswanath's curator insight, April 19, 2013 7:07 AM

Very true. It does help children to be more attentive and develops their level of concentration.

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14 Ways for Teachers to Collaborate Online ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

14 Ways for Teachers to Collaborate Online ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 21st century school | Scoop.it

RT @elearningpros: 14 Ways for Teachers to Collaborate Online ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/2rq0Ooii4m via @medk…

Via JoAnn Salvisberg-Smith
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Clever. Poignant. In a nutshell...twitter!

Generation Y's curator insight, July 23, 2013 12:47 PM

What's missing here for Europe? Well, eTwinning, of course!


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Management Is (Still) Not Leadership

Management Is (Still) Not Leadership | 21st century school | Scoop.it
After years of debate, people still confuse these ideas - at their peril.

Via Eugene Fernandez
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Too often managers are hired to be leaders and leaders are hired to be managers. It's important to distinguish the visionary qualities of a leader from the day in and day out skills of a manager.

Eugene Fernandez's curator insight, July 10, 2013 8:45 AM

I agree with Kotter that there is a clear distinction between Management and Leadership. Similarly Markus Buckingham from First Break all the Rules Fame makes a distinction between Management and Leadership, proposing that management is a key skill and Managers are not simply Leaders - in – waiting and challenge some of the conventional maxims like ‘Managers do things right. Leaders do the right things’- They assert that such maxims cast the manager as a plodder and the leader as a sophisticated visionary executive, and argue that this differentiation encourages managers to label themselves as Leaders since they are most likely to prefer to think of themselves as ‘visionary’ than as a ‘plodder’.


Their research indicated that the important difference between a ‘great manager’ and a ‘great leader’ is one of focus. Great Managers ‘look inwards’ at the individual, goals and motivations, they pay attention to all of the subtle and nuanced differences. Whilst Great Leaders ‘look outwards’ at the competition, market forces, the future, and they also focus on patterns, connections and a way to cut though complexity.


All of my own research and work experience as a consultant educator indicates that there is a need for both management and leadership within organizations. Management is a designated function and role within an organization that relies on key attributes/behaviours of Leadership to maximize its potentiality. Leadership is a vital component of management it adds the organic and systemic element to what can be perceived as mechanistic.

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Edtech PR Tips

Edtech PR Tips | 21st century school | Scoop.it

"I'm not a PR guy. I'm just a teacher. But they say that if you want to be a disruptor, the best experience is no experience. So here goes... 1. It's not about the technology. It’s about what students are empowered to do because of your technology."

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Why Mobile Learning Is Inevitable - Edudemic

Why Mobile Learning Is Inevitable - Edudemic | 21st century school | Scoop.it
Mobile learning is here to stay. In fact, it's going to be one of the only options for learning pretty soon. This new presentation tells you why.

Via Minter Dial, Dennis T OConnor
Tamra Dollar's insight:

BYOD (bring your own device) allows students anytime, anywhere learning. Classrooms that embrace technology will enable students to master skills needed for success.

DavidBLANCHARD's comment, July 27, 2013 11:00 AM
You're right Kelly, and parents, school and teachers have a key role in digital litteracy !
Ilana Rosansky's comment, July 27, 2013 2:02 PM
SSIGH... and THAT is the problem. How do you know your students are using tech devices for learning as opposed to sending text messages or chatting on facebook...
Minter Dial's comment, July 28, 2013 2:28 AM
Hi @Kelly, @David and @Ilana. It's a major battle. What techniques have you used? I've tried a few things with some success, but it depends on the student profiles...: (a) have a Twitter wall where the interaction can be public ; (b) have no-device moments (c) warn that anything on their screen can be shared in public (if I find it).
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The 21st Century Teacher Trainer…

The 21st Century Teacher Trainer… | 21st century school | Scoop.it
…or even Teacher Educator! It seems you can’t throw a rock into the blogosphere these days without hitting a post or article on the 21st Century “something-or-other”. Teaching is no different, teac...

Via Ludmila Smirnova
Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, June 11, 2013 12:03 PM

A great blog article about 21st Ce teacher, educator, curator, etc. Great images                                                                              

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Inklewriter | 21st century school | Scoop.it

This is a great writing tool for creating interactive (branching) stories. Readers can choose different options as the work through the story and find their own route through the materials.

Via Nik Peachey, callooh
Tamra Dollar's insight:

I'm going to use this in my creative writing studio this fall. It gives students voice and choice and taps into all elements of the writing process. Engaging and fun!

Martijn Koops's curator insight, January 5, 2013 6:15 AM

Tool voor het schrijven van branches stories, lezers kunnen keuzes maken in het verhaal en zelf hun route kiezen.

Biedt misschien mogelijkheid voor interactivce storytelling achtige spellen?

Ik heb het nog niet geprobbeerd moet ik erbij zeggen.

Lino's curator insight, January 7, 2013 8:31 AM

inklewriter es una herramienta gratuita diseñada para permitir que cualquiera pueda escribir y publicar historias interactivas. Es perfecto para los escritores que quieran probar la interactividad, pero también para los profesores y estudiantes que buscan combinar conocimientos de informática y escritura creativa.


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The Big Lie in Education.

The Big Lie in Education. | 21st century school | Scoop.it
“Preparing kids for the Real World” is a phrase that many educators and schools use without regard for the consequence of what they selectively choose as reality for their students. Both educators ...

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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We cannot educate students in the 21st century if we are stuck using 20th century ways. I was the shorthand champion of my high school in the 20th century for pete's sake! It's time to move on!

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