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Program improves social-emotional outcomes Austin Herald The Community Learning Center (CLC) early childhood programs adopted a new program in 2012 that improves social-emotional outcomes for young children in school and at home.
Empathetic learning is all the rage in the Common Core. They call it SEL (Social & Emotional Learning). Sort of like the newfangled “empathetic medicine” where I suppose the surgeon feels the pain of the patient. Hopefully, not while operating. Yup, put yourself right into someone else’s shoes, literally. Not sympathy where I feel your pain but rather, I KNOW your pain. Yup, empathy. Well, your 9-year-old better have a whole lot of it 10 months a year, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am-3pm because, like with everything else in CCSS (Common Core State Standards), empathy’s been revised, rebranded and repackaged for the 21st Century classroom...
But what CASEL calls empathy isn’t empathy at all. It’s sympathy. You can feel or project feelings onto another person’s situation without ever experiencing it.
If everybody knows that test scores and grades aren’t the keys to success, how do we teach, and measure, the things that are?
Social-emotional learning, which is based on the idea that emotional skills are crucial to academic performance.
“Something we now know, from doing dozens of studies, is that emotions can either enhance or hinder your ability to learn,” Marc Brackett, a senior research scientist in psychology at Yale University, told a crowd of educators at a conference last June. “They affect our attention and our memory. If you’re very anxious about something, or agitated, how well can you focus on what’s being taught?”
Once a small corner of education theory, S.E.L. has gained traction in recent years, driven in part by concerns over school violence, bullying and teen suicide. But while prevention programs tend to focus on a single problem, the goal of social-emotional learning is grander: to instill a deep psychological intelligence that will help children regulate their emotions.
For children, Brackett notes, school is an emotional caldron: a constant stream of academic and social challenges that can generate feelings ranging from loneliness to euphoria. Educators and parents have long assumed that a child’s ability to cope with such stresses is either innate — a matter of temperament — or else acquired “along the way,” in the rough and tumble of ordinary interaction. But in practice, Brackett says, many children never develop those crucial skills. “It’s like saying that a child doesn’t need to study English because she talks with her parents at home,” Brackett told me last spring. “Emotional skills are the same. A teacher might say, ‘Calm down!’ — but how exactly do you calm down when you’re feeling anxious? Where do you learn the skills to manage those feelings?”
A growing number of educators and psychologists now believe that the answer to that question is in school. George Lucas’s Edutopia foundation has lobbied for the teaching of social and emotional skills for the past decade; the State of Illinois passed a bill in 2003 making “social and emotional learning” a part of school curriculums. Thousands of schools now use one of the several dozen programs, including Brackett’s own, that have been approved as “evidence-based” by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, a Chicago-based nonprofit. All told, there are now tens of thousands of emotional-literacy programs running in cities nationwide.
You know that bumper sticker that says, “If you can read this, thank a teacher”? It’s the literal truth. While most of us spend more time thinking about reality TV stars and pro athletes, teachers are among the few people who truly affect our ...
The ability to collaborate, to see others’ perspectives, and to persevere in solving problems is required of students in the Common Core. Social and emotional learning provides the interpersonal skills students need to perform these intellectual tasks.
"A lot of talk, press, and focus in this era of learning is on common core standards and 21st century skills and literacies. What is often neglected is the importance of building social emotional skills within the classroom."
Kentucky's Jefferson County school district shares details about administration, school culture, professional development, and curriculum -- materials that you may adapt for your class or school. Click headline to access hot links to resources and lesson plans--
'Tools of the Mind' and Other Popular Topics in Education Research in 2013 Education Week News (blog) These mediocre results didn't stop the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, or CASEL, from including Tools in its 2013...
Dr. Maurice Elias highlights Second Step, a pre-K to grade 8 program used to teach social, emotional skills such as self-regulation, empathy, emotion management, problem solving, and executive function skills.
The Mother Company – When Miles Got Mad, Sally Simons' Super Frustrating ... BSCkids The Mother Company really helps both parents and children delve into very serious social and emotional learning issues in a fun and relatable way.
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