Our education system has focused for too long on what students lack, where they are failing, and what is “wrong” with them. This “deficit thinking”—or mindset—fails to see the innate strengths of students and runs the risk of inhibiting their ability to realize their full potential before they even get started. One of the most significant opportunities for those working in education today is a shift from this harmful deficit mindset to a growth mindset with a strengths-based approach.
Over the past decade, many school districts across the country have embraced social-emotional learning (SEL) programs to promote positive behavior among students and address conduct problems such as bullying. The COVID-19 pandemic further popularized these programs because remote learning and isolation caused many students to suffer both academically and emotionally. SEL programs have shown potential to address yet another challenge: They can serve to combat school- and community-based violence as an integral part of violence prevention programs in schools and districts.
A surefire way to determine whether you need a mindset tune-up is to answer this question: Are you regularly accomplishing your goals and living your dreams? If you answered “yes,” read on, and you’ll probably recognize why. If you said “no,” these steps could be game-changing for you.
7 Mindsets, a leading provider of PreK-12 social emotional learning (SEL) solutions, today announced significant updates to its digital platform for the 2022-23 school year. Available now, the new and enhanced features help schools and districts support student, teacher, and staff well-being and improve the effectiveness of their SEL program implementations.
In the classroom, English learners (ELs) often have unique needs and strengths. In addition to language challenges, ELs have additional difficulties: living in a new country, trying to fit into a new school, making new friends. They may also have significant family responsibilities or experience with trauma. SEL can help EL students overcome challenges. A growing body of research suggests that the use of SEL in classrooms has positive impacts on all students, teachers, and society at large.
Skills like managing our emotions, developing healthy relationships, and setting goals are the foundational components that set up students to better learn more traditional academic content. Learning long division or writing a book report is nearly impossible for someone who can’t manage emotions or set goals, and we all know that students learn better when they have healthy relationships with their teachers and peers. A lot of people refer to social-emotional skills as “soft skills,” but I think they should instead be called “essential skills.” I often argue that they are as important as traditional academic content—if not more important.
As we strive to help students build mindsets to promote self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making, one of the most important skills students need to build is empathy. Empathy is the ability to understand someone else’s experience from their own perspective. This valuable skill set helps students learn to be more accepting and tolerant of different ideas and perspectives, while also driving students to become global citizens and change-makers.
With all that there is to do as an educator, it can be a challenge to keep up with professional development blogs, education news articles, and inspirational education content. Thankfully, with nearly any personal device, you have access to millions of podcasts right at your fingertips. Podcasts are a helpful way for busy educators to consume valuable information on the go––whether during your commute to school, as you travel between meetings, or while you’re on your lunch break.
The past two years have put more pressure on teachers than ever before, and educators have experienced so much––both personally and professionally. Teachers have been asked to take on expanded responsibilities during remote and hybrid learning, including creating curriculum, managing multiple classes, and supporting their students emotionally and academically. All these factors combined have had a negative impact on teacher wellbeing.
With teachers being asked to take on more responsibilities than they’ve ever handled before -- especially during remote and hybrid learning -- adult social and emotional learning and self-care have never been so important. As school principals and assistant principals, we believe administrators need to celebrate teachers’ successes, catch them when they fall and usher them through this time of great uncertainty.