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Relationships Foster Social Emotional Learning | edCircuit

Trust is key for all relationships to reach their full potential. It’s no different in schools. Trust starts by building a relationship with your learners (and their families). What do you know about each as an individual? Quate and McDermott (2009) tell us “… that the development of a nurturing classroom community in which students are known well by both the teacher and their classmates matters…” Trust is gained when learners see that you know them and believe in them.

Forget Taking a Hard Line. Try 'Soft Tactics' to Spark Student Motivation (Opinion)

Want to engage and empower learners to motivate themselves? Create opportunities for them to have voice and choice. We’ve learned that kids thrive in environments where their voice matters and they have choices in the learning process. There are many ways this can happen in a classroom when learning experiences are designed around what, who, where, when, how to learn, and how to demonstrate.

3 Tools Students Need To Tackle Injustice | edCircuit

Generally, social justice refers to what’s fair and what’s not. Unfortunately, we often see injustices happen in our lives. Sometimes these activities register with us, and sometimes, they don’t. Injustice may be something like how a homeless person is treated or threatening the protected rights of national monuments. Knowing that there are multiple sides to any issue is also essential. Students need skills and knowledge to understand injustices and make change happen. Learning about social just

Growing a Culture of Learning (Part 10 of 10) - The care & feeding of your culture of learning

Peter Senge (2006) said, “When teams are truly learning, not only are they producing extraordinary results, but the individual members are growing more rapidly than could have occurred otherwise.” That’s what happens when a culture of learning is growing!

To truly grow this culture you must commit, virtually or in person. At the end of each week, check in with yourself:
• What worked well this week and why?
• What was challenging and why?
• What might happen next week if …?
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