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By Kim Gulbrandson on 10/27/2014 1:17 PM

In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, I thought it would be nice to highlight all the progress that has been made in bullying prevention over the past 15 years.

Talking SEL and More
By Joy Brooke on 10/7/2014 7:31 PM

What if all parents focused just as much on their kids’ social and emotional growth as the number on their report cards? What if understanding emotions and being able to communicate them was as high a priority as knowing basic math facts? What if along with reading to your child every night your classroom teacher expected you to brainstorm five different ways your child could make a new friend the next day?

Mrs. Brooke’s SEL Classroom
By Joy Brooke on 9/29/2014 9:30 AM

Our children are exposed to competition enough in sports and outside of school. Even the workforce these days is longing for people who can work collaboratively. Top CEOs of companies will tell you they are looking for team players. Yet time and time again I see a competitive classroom environment that fosters just the opposite. How are you fostering collaboration in your classroom?

Mrs. Brooke’s SEL Classroom
By Joy Brooke on 9/19/2014 10:46 AM

These days, teachers have so much responsibility—large class sizes, little support, a diverse range of learners, and many mandates, including new teacher-evaluation systems, the Common Core, and standardized testing— that many feel overworked and stressed.

Mrs. Brooke’s SEL Classroom
By Joy Brooke on 9/9/2014 10:11 AM

This is no understatement for the beginning of the year. We know that emotions for students, parents, and teachers are all over the place. It is important we as adults understand our own emotions and the emotions of others. The beginning of the school year is an opportunity for us teachers and our students to gain great emotional and social learning if we allow time.

Mrs. Brooke’s SEL Classroom
By Kim Gulbrandson on 8/22/2014 1:38 AM

Research has consistently shown that well-designed and well-implemented social-emotional learning (SEL) programs are associated with positive academic, behavioral, and emotional outcomes for youth.  So what does “good implementation” look like?

Talking SEL and More
By Emilie Coulter on 8/22/2014 1:31 AM

As a parent of elementary-aged children, I’m always finding myself ruminating over issues that, pre-kids, I never knew existed. For example: the importance of whether and how our school rolls out new and sensitive programs about such hot topics as drugs and alcohol, puberty, or bullying prevention. 

SEL at Home
By Joy Brooke on 7/14/2014 10:10 PM

Like our students, the end of the year brings on many feelings for us educators. Summer is here and it is time to rest and rejuvenate.

Mrs. Brooke’s SEL Classroom
By Joy Brooke on 6/23/2014 10:08 AM

At the end of each year, one of my favorite activities to do was to make a “Remember When … ” book for each child. This book would ensure that each of my students walked away feeling part of a community of learners. They were special. They were one of a kind, and they knew it.

Mrs. Brooke’s SEL Classroom
By Joy Brooke on 6/9/2014 11:40 AM

Part 1 of this blog was about teaching introverts. In this second part, I will discuss teaching extroverts and their needs in the classroom.

Mrs. Brooke’s SEL Classroom
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