social emotional learning

Take a Listen: How Mindfulness Could Benefit Your Teaching Practice

Take a Listen: How Mindfulness Could Benefit Your Teaching Practice

| November 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

Dig in a little deeper to how teachers and students are using mindfulness to stay focused and calm at school.

Continue Reading

Sending Mixed Message: Do Parents Value Kids’ Achievement Over Empathy?

Sending Mixed Message: Do Parents Value Kids’ Achievement Over Empathy?

| June 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Parents and educators tell kids to care for one another, but their actions often send the message that high achievement and personal happiness are actually more important.

Continue Reading

Why It’s Imperative to Teach Empathy to Boys

Why It’s Imperative to Teach Empathy to Boys

| June 25, 2014 | 214 Comments

We need to cultivate empathy in all children, but gender stereotypes — often reinforced in playrooms — risk leaving boys, in particular, with a social deficit.

Continue Reading

Social And Emotional Benefits Of Video Games: Metacognition and Relationships

Social And Emotional Benefits Of Video Games: Metacognition and Relationships

| May 16, 2014 | 26 Comments

Contrary to the popular image of the gamer as an awkward, socially inept loner, players are actually engaged with one another. Gamers play cooperatively. They play competitively. They share tips and tricks. They work together. The teach each other how to get better at the game.

Continue Reading

Inventive Games That Teach Kids About Empathy and Social Skills

Inventive Games That Teach Kids About Empathy and Social Skills

| April 18, 2014 | 42 Comments

Play is nothing if not social. Games organize play, allowing us to wrangle it and use it to experiment with the world. When we play games, more often than not, it’s us under the microscope. But there’s a trend in design toward video games that build social skills and encourage players to reflect on themselves and their relationships. Here are a few games that do just that.

Continue Reading

Low-Income Schools See Big Benefits in Teaching Mindfulness

Low-Income Schools See Big Benefits in Teaching Mindfulness

| January 17, 2014 | 110 Comments

Studies of mindfulness programs in schools have found that regular practice — even just a few minutes per day — improves student self-control and increases their classroom participation, respect for others, happiness, optimism, and self-acceptance levels.

Continue Reading

Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus

Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus

| December 5, 2013 | 143 Comments

Learning to focus on one task while tuning out the many distractions vying for attention is a crucial life skill that some students are missing.

Continue Reading

Why Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Students’ Learning

Why Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Students’ Learning

| September 12, 2013 | 20 Comments

Mindfulness has the potential to be a very useful component because of its effectiveness in reducing emotional distress and promoting emotional balance, improving attention, and contributing to motivated learning. This book excerpt digs in.

Continue Reading

How Do You Teach Empathy? Harvard Pilots Game Simulation

How Do You Teach Empathy? Harvard Pilots Game Simulation

| May 9, 2013 | 18 Comments

Disruptive students can be a big challenge for teachers in charge of a room full of 30 students. There isn’t always time to get to the bottom of student behavior and in a large class those students can derail learning for everyone. But what if there was a way to help kids stop acting out […]

Continue Reading

How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning

How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning

| March 15, 2013 | 21 Comments

Scientists are always uncovering new ways into how people learn best, and some of the most recent neuroscience research has shown connections between basic survival functions, social and emotional reactions to the world, and creative impulses. Students’ social and emotional reactions to learning are imperative to feeling motivated to learn and to their ability to […]

Continue Reading