Differentiation is a teaching strategy that all teachers do in order to meet the needs of the diverse learners in their classrooms. Here is a link to a short article and video that speaks to the different ways to differentiate to meet the needs of our ELL students.
Reflection: What can you do differently in your classrooms to better meet the needs of our ELL students?
Over the last few years, it has been great to see technology integrated seamlessly in the classrooms that it helps to enhance learning, rather than having the focus on the tool itself. The following article by Matt Lynch’s reviews 7 areas that he feels technology is impacting education.
Reflect upon the list he shared and how many of these areas you have integrated technology into your own classrooms. Are there any areas that you can still try out this year?
CASEL has created a SEL framework for schools to use. It is comprised of 5 core competencies: self awareness, self management, responsible decision making, relationship skills, and social awareness. This week we will focus on responsible decision making. According to CASEL it is defined as:
“The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms. The realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and a consideration of the well-being of oneself and others.”
Linked is an article on incorporating responsible decision making into your classrooms.
Reflect upon how you can provide your students with a variety of options for submitting assignments.
CASEL has created a SEL framework for schools to use. It is comprised of 5 core competencies: self awareness, self management, responsible decision making, relationship skills, and social awareness. This week we will focus on self management. According to CASEL self-management is defined as:
“The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations — effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself. The ability to set and work toward personal and academic goals.”
Attached is an article on incorporating self management into your classrooms.
Reflect upon how you regularly assist students in staying organized and tracking tasks?
CASEL has created a SEL framework for schools to use in supporting their students. It is comprised of 5 core competencies: self awareness, self management, responsible decision making, relationship skills, and social awareness. This week's focus will be on self awareness. According to CASEL it self-awareness is defined as:
“The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a 'growth mindset.'"
Attached is an article on how to incorporate self awareness into your classrooms. How can goal setting help students to succeed in your classroom and help to build their sense of awareness?
As we are looking forward to the break, with the opportunity to relax, catch up with family and friends, as well as do things we never have time to do, it is also a perfect opportunity to reflect. While I always make time to recharge with family and friends, I also use the time to reflect on the first half of the year to consider what worked, what didn't, what I can improve in my practice. As you sit back and reflect on your first half of the year take some time to consider your successes and to set goals for the new year.
Attached is an article on the importance of reflection.
This time of year is full of happy moments and holiday cheer; however, as we scurry around to events, buying presents, preparing for festivities, it can also be tiring! Yet, despite how tired we feel, we still have to bring our energy and enthusiasm when our students walk through the door. Research shows that by greeting your students at the door, you can increase student academic engagement. Check out this article I shared earlier this year on the latest research on greeting students with a smile. This week's reflection is to greet your students with a smile or a special greeting every time they walk through your classroom or to take your current greeting's to the next level. Reflect upon how this changes the culture and behaviors when you bring your extra enthusiasm and warmth as they enter.
In our buildings we had a lot of conversations recognizing the diverse feelings of our students as they were heading into the holiday season, beginning with Thanksgiving. While many of us may have really enjoyed their break with friends and family, some of our students may have had a difficult week away from the safety and routines of school. Helping our students to cope when they are struggling takes empathy on our party, but what exactly is empathy? Check out Jennifer Hogan's blog on empathy. As you and your students transition back to school this week after the break, look for opportunities where you can truly be mindful, listen with your heart, and empathize with your students (or colleagues!). What skills did you end up employing to help you in those moments?
There are 5 core competencies according to CASEL, they 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 wellbeing of self and others.
For this week, we will focus on self awareness. Read the attached article, focus in on the section entitled, “When to Teach Self Awareness” and reflect on the following question: “Why is it important for us as educators to have a strong understanding of our own self awareness before we can teach this skill to our students?
Marc Brackett, the Director for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, says “We attribute feelings to children. Often times we don’t ask a child how they are feeling.” At the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, the organization studies the role that emotions plays in everyday life and in schools. In particular, they study the relationship between emotions and creativity, and help people to better identify their own emotions. Learning to identify and label emotions is an essential step to increase emotional intelligence. Marc recommends that it is first important for educators to work on their emotional intelligence, then to start to help their students develop theirs.
This week reflect upon:
When was the last time you asked a student how they were feeling? What was the impact and result of asking them?