Posts in social emotional learning
Burn Out Prevention | How to Reduce Burn Out

Learn more about what burn out is and how to effectively prevent it. Click here for more.

I grew up an hour outside of New York City, and was raised in a community where rest is something one earns.

Does that narrative sound familiar to anyone else?

Click here for three steps I find helpful in preventing burnout.

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What is a Functional Homeroom | Steps to Make Sure Your Homeroom is Successful

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While I haven’t mastered the use of homeroom / advisory time, the following three steps helped me by lightening my load (I let other people plan homeroom for me!) and turning homeroom into a time of positive relationship building.

  1. Remember you’re not on an island

    Leverage community partners and let others work for you. From social & emotional learning programs to ice breakers there are amazing resources out there built by teachers. I utilized CNN Student News (now called CNN 10) and a corresponding worksheet a friend of mine created to foster a climate of civic engagement and ASSET’s social & emotional learning tools, which come with all the materials necessary for implementation, to help my students develop strategies for how to regulate their stress.

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How Social & Emotional Learning Programs Improve Classroom Management

One day after a particularly problematic period, I walked into a co-worker’s room where the quote was on the wall: “Students don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” I realized this quote was in need of an update. I’m now convinced the 2019 version of this quote should read: “Students don't care how much you know, until they see you explicitly teach them how you care.” After all we are teachers; students expect us to go beyond showing and concretely teach them something.

Leveraging social & emotional learning (SEL) programs radically improved my classroom management by:

  1. Investing students in co-creating a positive culture

  2. Teaching students how to respond to stress and other triggers

  3. Giving me a chance to calm myself before responding to any misbehavior

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Why Realistic Classroom Expectations are Important

When it comes to students’ mental health it is imperative we have a long term approach as these are the types of programs that can impact a student for years to come. A study involving over 97,000 students over 18 years found “3.5 years after the last intervention the academic performance of students exposed to SEL programs was an average 13 percentile points higher than their non-SEL peers.”

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Tangible Tools for Tackling Test Anxiety

“Who’s ever been in a position where your mind goes blank right when the test starts?”

Before I even finish the sentence, dozens of hands shoot up in the air. I follow up by asking my class what they do when this happens to them.

Here is how you can reduce student testing anxiety

1. Teach AND provide time to practice coping techniques

2. Emphasize that college is not the end game

3. Publicly celebrate non-academic wins as often as possible

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