Infusing SEL Into Everyday Instruction

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It is critical to teach students strategies to deal with emotions and interact respectfully with peers. As a father of six, life can be crazy. My wife, also a teacher, enjoys our bedtime routine of reading aloud to our children. Recently, we read Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes. Lilly brings a purple plastic … read more »


The Power of Parent Involvement

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Family engagement and developing a partnership with parents is the keystone for a successful classroom. A student’s family is the most influential partner, and fostering meaningful relationships is paramount to student achievement. Authentic connections between schools and families require both parties to put forth their best efforts for success. The work is worth the reward.  … read more »


Connecting Distance Learners Through Collaboration

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Teaching and learning are complex, and remote learning provides another layer of challenge. Many teachers across the country have recently faced the task of delivering dynamic, collaborative remote learning activities that encourage students to get involved with the content and their classmates. The physical separation of the students in remote learning experiences limits the ability … read more »


Creating a Community of Learners

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“Classroom structures and processes need to tend to the emotional well-being of everyone rather than just on covering the day’s lesson plan.” Zaretta Hammond Establishing a classroom culture built on community is fundamental to developing the students’ social and emotional skills throughout the school year. In the quote above, educators are encouraged to create an … read more »