Helping students regulate emotions is essential to their social, emotional, and academic achievement. However, supporting and understanding our students’ emotional learning becomes possible when school adults first know how to connect with their own emotions.
Self-care is a journey—and because we’re all in different places on this journey—helping others heal requires some familiarity with the map. Build healing-centered schools by practice self-love, self-awareness, and self-service first towards yourself, and then towards your school community.
One of the best researched and most effective interventions for ADHD is medication. However, medication is not an option for every child, and schools can’t require families to seek a diagnosis or a prescription. Since schools generally can’t control whether a family chooses medication as a treatment for ADHD, often the most effective, evidence-based supports for children with ADHD involve “classroom-possible” strategies that are good for all students, yet demonstrate the most benefit for students with ADHD.
- Play-based skills coaching with peers
- Recess at the beginning of the day, and ideally throughout instructional time
- Positive reinforcement paired with clear, predictable expectations for behavior and classroom routines
- Explicit training in organizational skills
Social and emotional learning makes sense. Knowing who we are, understanding how our emotions function, and being able to establish and maintain healthy interactions with people supports social, emotional, and academic success as well as improves the quality of life for our students in the future. We can support SEL best by emphasizing the learning and deemphasizing behavior.
“Buddy Board” is a framework for ensuring that your school community has frequent opportunities to connect with one another in ways that integrate easily into what you’re already doing. The webinar series on Digital Buddy Boards just finished, and I’ll be working on PBIS for Digital Learning Spaces for while. In the meantime, here is a video to help you get started.
-by Tim Grivois-Shah, Ed.D. Digital Buddy Board is a strategy for integrating social and emotional skills practice into academic instruction. To get started, you’ll need: A way to arrange and rearrange a roster into pairs. Something for buddies to do. A time and a place for buddies to do ‘buddy stuff.’ Here are each ofContinue reading “Digital buddy board recipe”
student in your digital classroom will have meaningful opportunities to experience love and belonging, creating a digital buddy board is a great thing to do right now.
I believe that the heart of effective teaching and learning is love + content + time, and that all three are necessary to build and sustain effective districts, schools, and classrooms.
Marie Kondo is a consultant famous for helping people throw things away. Interestingly, on her website, she describes her main goal as “to help more people live a life that sparks joy, and we are committed to offering the simplest, most effective tools and services to get you there.” What Marie Kondo and I haveContinue reading “Organize around values.”
To equip children to be successful learners and good humans requires deep and thoughtful integration of social, emotional, and academic learning.