Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Classroom Practice



How and Why Intrinsic Motivation Works

Categories:  SEL Basics, Classroom Practice



Golden Rules for Engaging Students in Learning Activities

Summary: This article suggests six strategies which should be considered when planning learning activities that will engage students positively in learning and achievement.

Source:  Nicholas Pino James, Ph.D., Edutopia, December 11, 2015

Categories: Student Engagement, Classroom Practice



Introverted students may be at disadvantage under Common Core

Summary:  This article speaks to the importance of diversifying instruction so that introverted students can have a equal chance at success in the new common core where communication and collaboration are valued.

Source:  Erin McIntyre, Education DIVE, November 23, 2015

Categories: Classroom Practice, Student Achievement



Video: Social & Emotional Learning – Austin ISD

Summary:  This video was produced by the Austin (TX) Independent School District illustrating the importance and value of their emphasis on Social Emotional Learning.

Source:  Austin TX ISD, October 2, 2012

Categories:  SEL Basics, Classroom Practice, School Culture and Climate



Carol Dweck Revisits the ‘Growth Mindset’

Summary:  This Ed Week Commentary is a reflection by Carol Dweck on her work on Mindset.  These reflections include concerns that her work on Mindset was focused on closing achievement gaps rather than hiding them.  She shares that her work is not just about effort, but also about being open to using new strategies and approaches to learning in order to be successful

Source:  Carol Dweck, Ed Week Commentary, September 23, 2015

Categories:  Student Achievement, Classroom Practice



Give Teachers Time to Collaborate

Summary:  This article explores the benefits of expanded-time schools for students and also for teachers. One of the features in these expanded schedules is more time for teachers to collaborate in professional learning communities (PLCs).  This article cites various research reports from the National Center on Time and Learning which can be accessed from the article.

Source:  Jennifer Davis, Ed Week Commentary, August 14, 2015

Categories:  Classroom Practice, Educational Research, Student Achievement, Teacher Collaboration



Inside a school that combines personalized learning with social-emotional skills

Summary:  Jonathan Hanover’s brand new school, Roots Elementary, opened its doors for the first time six weeks ago, in northeast Denver, CO. Hanover is an unconventional school leader and his school reflects that.  This is an interview with Jonathan discussing the model he used to design Roots Elementary.

Source: Kate Schimel, Education DIVE, September 18, 2015

Categories: SEL Basics, School Culture and Climate, Classroom Practice



A Lesson Plan for Helping Young Children Learn to Accept Differences

Summary:  This is an Edutopia blog by Maurice Elias on the subject of acceptance of diversity by young children.  The emphasis of the blog is the importance of starting at an early age and how schools can help with this task.  Several suggestions are presented which will help schools design lessons to assist students in accepting differences.

Source: Maurice Elias, Edutopia, August 25, 2015

Categories:  SEL Basics, Classroom Practice



What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong?

Summary:  This article explores the concept that punitive discipline techniques often tend to make bad behavior worse.  Using a positive approach which is grounded in teaching good behavior may yield a much better and longer-lasting result.

Source: Katherine Reynolds Lewis, Mother Jones, July/August 2015 Issue

Categories: Student Behavior, Codes of Conduct, Student Engagement, Classroom Practice



Rita Pierson: Every Kid Needs a Champion

Summary: Watch Rita Pierson’s inspirational TED talk on the importance of relationships in teaching and learning.

Source: Rita Pierson, TED Talk, May 3, 2013

Categories:  Classroom Practice, SEL Basics