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4 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude in Children

4 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude in Children | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Someone once said it’s not what kind of world we’re leaving for our children, but what kind of children we’re leaving for our world. Kindness and a sense of gratitude are core values that we need to help encourage in children. 


Studies have shown that children who cultivate gratitude in their lives have better social relationships and do better in school. Being grateful actually contributes to our overall sense of well-being and helps increase our happiness. But, as any parent of a young child knows – especially during the holidays – encouraging gratitude in the midst of pressure for expensive or numerous gifts can be challenging.

Via Pamir Kiciman
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Gratitude can be part of our daily conversations and what we experience each day in living.



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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.

Via Susan Taylor
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

This is the 3rd or 4th scoop in the last few days on this topic. I think it is important enough to keep grabbing new articles.

Susan Taylor's curator insight, June 6, 2014 10:29 AM

Is handwriting a relic of the past? 

It is now only in kindergarten and 1st grade that legible writing is taught to children.  After that "the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard".

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Pediatricians Say School Should Start Later For Teens’ Health

Pediatricians Say School Should Start Later For Teens’ Health | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The science is clear that teenagers need more than eight hours of sleep a night. The nation's pediatricians say school districts need to buck up and change schedules to let kids sleep later.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Luciana Viter
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:

We have known this for years. It is a logistics and culture issue. As much as reformers talk, they do little. This is one of those things that could easily be changed.



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What is SEL?

What is SEL? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | 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
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This is a good infographic with some detailed explanation.

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

Excellent piece on developing emotional intelligence in children.

Tamra Dollar's curator insight, July 19, 2013 4:53 PM

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!