Teaching SEL

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24 Mar: Adult Wellbeing is the Foundation of Social Emotional Learning

Adult Wellbeing is the Foundation of SEL In honor of #SEL Day, (selday.org) we wanted to acknowledge the critical importance of adult wellbeing. Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) is a well-researched and effective intervention to help kids learn critical skills. Yet, these skills are not simply learned as a set of facts. In order for kids to effectively learn new social and emotional skills the adults that teach them need to know them first, and then model them to students! Adults need to truly understand SEL and show those skills to the children in their lives. If you need a bit of understanding on the why, here are four reasons to begin SEL instruction with adults: Only Regulated People Learn: Learning…

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27 Jan: Doing the Right Thing

By Dr. Will Henson Many educators conducting distance learning  are frustrated by situations that are out of their control.  Sometimes students don’t show up for class, or fail to turn in work. Some even completely disappear. It feels like kids are struggling. I know educators are worrying about all of their students, and especially the ones who seem to be falling behind. The avenues to help them feel limited and inadequate. Right now, it might feel like what is expected of educators is overwhelming. We are all doing a lot, and we may even get less positive feedback and support than usual. We don’t have easy access to our colleagues and supervisors, and we haven’t even met some of our…

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23 Nov: Positive Experience is the Medicine Students Need

By Dr. Will Henson Trauma-informed practices are becoming the new norm. One of the key parts of this whole movement is that educators have stopped focusing on just the student, and started changing the practice to also focus on adults. We have realized the importance of prioritizing safety, establishing predictability and building relationships. It’s amazing how it can impact our students when we focus on the things we as educators can control. How does all this help, and ultimately, change the kids we work with? I’ve talked in the past about how interventions that target only our thinking brain – the prefrontal cortex – are not enough. Interventions like talking through problems, being taught skills, or being given incentives are…

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10 Sep: Remote Learning: Cameras On or Off?

by Dr. Will Henson As many districts have started off the year with remote instruction, we’ve been asked: Should students be required to have cameras on for distance learning? This is a complicated subject with many factors. This topic brings into questions of student engagement, as well as privacy issues. Many things can be true at the same time. For instance it can be true that students may encounter zoom fatigue, and or social anxiety, by looking at cameras all day. And this is a real problem that we are going to have to deal with if this remote learning continues for a lengthy amount of time. But it is also true that students who turn off their cameras are…

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15 Jul: New Content in Our Training Series!

321 Insight is committed to helping districts navigate the unprecedented levels of dysregulation (students and staff) that we will face upon the return to school this Fall 2020. Whether your district is re-opening buildings, starting off with only distance learning, or a hybrid approach, staff will need to gear mindsets toward understanding stress and regulation in themselves and others. It will be critical that they develop action steps to support trauma informed practices, in both distance learning and return to brick and mortar schools. In an effort to meet the needs of our clients for the upcoming school year, 321 Insight is excited to present new videos intended to offer training and support for staff in several key areas. In…