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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
By Joy Brooke on 6/3/2014 9:41 AM

There is such a buzz these days about the word “introvert”. Author Susan Cain has created a new awareness with her bestselling book, “Quiet”. She and other experts explain an introvert is not someone who is shy. It is someone who gains his or her energy from being alone. This is unlike an “extrovert” who gains their energy from being around others. And of course there is a spectrum from highly social to not at all.

Mrs. Brooke’s SEL Classroom
By Joy Brooke on 5/12/2014 10:44 AM

One of the first activities I do with my classroom in the beginning of the year is to brainstorm reasons of why we read. Always, the list we create is full of the great benefits of reading and the list hangs on our wall all year long as we continue to revisit WHY we read.

Mrs. Brooke’s SEL Classroom
By Kim Gulbrandson on 5/5/2014 11:52 AM

Schools and families both play critical roles in students’ social-emotional and academic success. To meaningfully strengthen these important partnerships, we must first abandon the notion that family engagement is about whether family members attend school events or volunteer in the school buildings. It also includes the things that families do at home with their children (Wilson, 2013). It encompasses both parent voice and presence.

Talking SEL and More
By Joy Brooke on 5/5/2014 11:42 AM

We must celebrate in our classrooms. We must teach that learning is about fun, excitement, and joy! Celebrations are the perfect opportunity! What do I mean by celebrations? They can take on many forms. Here is a list of ways you can bring celebrations into your classroom and teach our children that in life and learning, happiness and pride are great feelings to acknowledge, feel, and celebrate.

Mrs. Brooke’s SEL Classroom
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