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Our SEL Journey

Our SEL Journey

One school's approach to rethinking advisory

From our first days on campus, it was clear that the school had once been committed to an advisory program. There were dusty advisory binders in the corners of classrooms, and many teachers remained passionate about...
Author: Rachel Pregont, Roberto d'Erizans
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Literacy Tools Smooth the Ups and Downs

Literacy Tools Smooth the Ups and Downs

10 ways to develop middle schooler's social-emotional skills

Hanna's adoption was never a secret. It was a fact of life, like her black hair and her fear of spiders. She didn't give it a lot of thought until she turned 13. At the beginning of seventh grade, she desperately...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell
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Triage, Not Emergency

Triage, Not Emergency

Watching for even the small details can create a responsive culture that meets the social, emotional, and academic needs of students

I bet you didn't know that you signed up to be a triage nurse now did you? Meeting the social, emotional, and academic needs of middle school students is a lot like working the triage desk in a busy hospital. The...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Grading for Life Skills

Grading for Life Skills

Building college and career readiness by focusing on effort and behavior

Life skills, also known as behavior skills, are the base on which academic and technical skills are built. In the work world, the biggest issue is not technical skill in employees, rather it's behavior skills. People...
Author: Ross Hartley
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Topics: Teaching

How can I help my students keep organized amidst so many distractions at home and at school?

This is part 4 in "Mentor Me" questions about Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). There are five components of SEL: self-awareness, responsible decision-making, relationship skills, social awareness, and...
Author: Amber Chandler
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How can I help students develop the essential skills needed in the decision-making process?

This is part 3 in "Mentor Me" questions about Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). There are five components of SEL: self-awareness, responsible decision making, relationship skills, social awareness, and...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Topics: Teaching
Beyond Power Tools: How Maker Learning Can Improve Social Dynamics

Beyond Power Tools: How Maker Learning Can Improve Social Dynamics

In September, my seventh grade students gave me a quick social snapshot of their class. As their new school counselor, I had asked them to submit their thoughts anonymously in a box, and they didn't hold back. Their...
Author: Phyllis Fagell
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How can I help students view differences as strengths?

Many young adolescents desire to "blend in" by hiding or shedding certain aspects of their identities due to social pressures. How can I help students view differences as strengths? This is part 2 in "Mentor Me"...
Author: Amber Chandler
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How can teachers help students become more self-aware?

This is part 1 of 5 in "Mentor Me" questions about Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). There are five components of SEL: Self-Awareness, Responsible Decision–Making, Relationship Skills, Social Awareness, and...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Enhancing the Social and Psychological Development of Young Adolescents

Enhancing the Social and Psychological Development of Young Adolescents

Addressing the social and psychological development of young adolescents is critical.

How are you addressing the social and psychological development of your middle grades students? The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation caused many schools to place an enormous emphasis on promoting academic...
Author: David E. Bartz
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