Happy October I-Team! I hope you're enjoying this beautiful month as well as the changing of the season. This month's blog post brings a couple of words to the forefront of my mind... self control and self regulation. To some, those words may not necessarily resonate with them, but for others such as myself, both words have become all too familiar since returning to school post pandemic.
Self control and self regulation are often times associated with Social Emotional Learning. Now Social Emotional Learners (SEL's) are students who need additional supports or frequent visuals to help them regulate their behavior. If you haven't heard of SEL, a simple definition can be defined as the development of self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills needed to function in society. Interestingly, research points out that schools that promote social and emotional learning are critical to students’ academic, social, personal, and professional success (Durlak et al., 2011).
Although some students may not require as much support as others in this area, it can lead to a great deal of challenges for the classroom teacher if limited research based curriculum, targeted Professional Development, and ongoing support from trained professionals are missing from the equation. It's necessary that in order for schools to be successful when working with Social Emotional Learners, it really takes an "all hands on deck" approach.
On the Intentional Instruction Podcast, I discuss the five competencies of Social Emotional Learning. I also talk about how student support staff play a major role when helping this group of learners be successful in school. Click here to tune in!
The Intentional Toolkit
Inside the Intentional Toolkit I've also included a few articles that are timely and connected to this blog post and podcast episode. To access them just click on the toolkit at the bottom of this page; from there you'll be able to open the PDF. As always, I hope you find these resources useful.
Well that's all for now, but as you enjoy this beautiful Fall month, please remember to take good care of yourself and those you love. Until next time, go out there and be GREAT!
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