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Connecting Student Hearts and Minds: What's SEL Got to Do With It?

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Other presentations in this group:

Delaine Johnson  
Mike Lawrence  

Current events force us to examine the social-emotional side of educational relationships. How can we support learning by addressing interactions among students, parents and educators? Learn how to champion the whole student through technology-based connections and encourage empathy and relationship-building that works in classrooms, districts and PD.

Audience: Professional developers, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Social emotional learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Our presumption is that all classrooms are validating real-world settings and systems because students are bringing their emotions and world view to the classroom. It is our job as teachers to ensure we are connecting their emotions and experiences to the learning. This session will provide attendees with tools, resources and strategies to create a welcoming and engaging learning environment. We will explore approaches to encouraging empathy, relationship-building and discover kindness initiatives. Participants will engage in collaborative activities, a design-thinking challenge and brainstorming practical ‘use-it-Monday’ applications and more. Each strategy will employ affordable and accessible apps, resources or websites appropriate for participants.



The Session will have 4 eight-minute sections:

1. RESTART Section
- How to connect with your students, whether from the beginning of the year or in the middle
- Daily check in - animation
- “Scale of 1-9” feelings meme
- Zip Zap Zop exercise to build Empathy
- Brain break questions - would you rather or One Gotta Go
- Flipgrid introductions (names!)
- Student questionnaire (get pronouns!)
- End of semester, teacher report card
- I’m Glad You’re Here
- Brighten Up a Student’s Day

2. RESEARCH Section
- Psychological safety, Google@Work study
- Federal level: MTSS, ESEA and IES RULER

- In person greeting
- I say hello to everyone by name
- Edutopia article (Rollercoaster K teacher)˜
- Slide with a bitmoji, instructions, and a random question.
- Positivity Project
- ASCD Article - White supremacy with a hug: http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/mar21/vol78/num06/Why-SEL-Alone-Isn't-Enough.aspx
- The Feeling Wheel, Gottman (https://www.gottman.com/blog/printable-feeling-wheel/)
- #stopthestigma clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ej9kbFID7kc

- SELf-care
- Nearpod collab board for participant ideas
- What’s your YES & ?
- Media Festival
- Books

Wrap up

Supporting research

casel.org, swifteducationcenter.org, pbis.org

Raymond, J. (2018). Wildflowers: A School Superintendent's Challenge to America. 1st ed. San Francisco: Stuart Foundation.

Wentzel, K., Battle, A., Russell, S. and Looney, L. (2010). Social supports from teachers and peers as predictors of academic and social motivation. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 35(3), pp.193-202.

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Delaine Johnson, Clovis Unified

Delaine Johnson teaches AP Computer Science Principles and serves as a technology integration TOSA at Clovis Unified School District. She holds a Master of Arts in Educational Technology. Delaine is a Google for Education Certified Innovator (#googleEI) and Certified Trainer (#googleET).

Mike Lawrence, Jamf

Mike is an award-winning teacher, administrator, and educational leader. A joyful champion for students, he has a creative zest for learning and motivates teams through inspiration and positivity. He served as the CEO of an education non-profit and also directed the California Student Media Festival for over a decade. Mike is an internationally recognized leader with 25+ years experience at the nexus of education, technology, and innovation.

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