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.
Mindsets-Based SEL focuses on our default perspectives and attitudes towards the situations and circumstances in our lives. It is the lenses that largely drives our feelings, actions, and decisions. This understanding has created a movement towards Mindsets-Based instructional strategy. There are key attributes that define an effective Mindsets-Based Social and Emotional solution.
How do we empower every teacher to be the most authentic and powerful version of themselves? We must create an environment where every educator can thrive. It is the path to sustained cultural transformation, and it starts with the adult relationships in your building. It is through these relationships where educators find courage, become engaged, confident, and comfortable. Most importantly, it is where they can inspire every student to fulfill their potential.
Learn more about the 3 assets we must cultivate to make every educator their most authentic and powerful self. As educators we must begin to intentionally see and compel the greatness in each other to overcome the current challenges and uncertainty we will all face in the fall.
Educators around the country are finding ways to stay connected, to create support structures, and to help one another navigate this difficult and challenging time. Remember, we have each other; and we are stronger together. This blog highlights some best practices many teams around the country are implementing.
In times of great uncertainty, unrest, and even fear, much can be learned from our history. While the Coronavirus pandemic has set our world into new uncharted territory, episodes in our history have tested our resolve in a similar manner.