Social Emotional Skills

Social Emotional Skills

  • Are you teaching children how to focus and calm down?

    Are you teaching children how to focus and calm down?

    Young children are notorious for being distracted and emotionally intense. Our work as teachers (or parents) of young children is very challenging – especially working with so many children together in the classroom. Read More

  • 3 Terrific Resources for Teaching Children to Be Calm and Focused

    3 Terrific Resources for Teaching Children to Be Calm and Focused

    This week I’ve been working with my Interns on how to teach social and emotional skills in their classrooms in order to prevent behavior problems. I came across three excellent resources for helping children to be calm and focused. One is a book, one is a set of cards, and one is a website. Read More

  • 10 Great Children’s Books for Teaching Social Skills

    10 Great Children’s Books for Teaching Social Skills

    As we all prepare this summer for new teaching ideas in the fall, I’d like to recommend that you all include a plan for teaching children social skills such as sharing, making friends, and solving conflicts. We now know that many children with difficult, challenging behavior are lacking in these skills – and other children will benefit from direct instruction as well. Read More

  • How to Reduce Violence in American Culture: The Peace Rose

    How to Reduce Violence in American Culture: The Peace Rose

    When I heard the news about the bombing in Boston, I felt overwhelmed with the pervasive, continuing violence in American society. I want to believe that we can change this, and since I’m not a politician, I turn to what I know best: education. Read More

  • Calming the Beast: 4 Stories of Classroom Success

    Calming the Beast: 4 Stories of Classroom Success

    Last week in my Classroom Management course, my student teachers all chose a social or emotional skill to teach their class. The purpose for this is to help prevent behavior problems. Many children act out because they don’t have the ability to express themselves appropriately, to control their impulses or to calm down. Read More

  • The Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions for a Positive Classroom

    The Top Ten New Year’s Resolutions for a Positive Classroom

    Now that a new year has rolled around once again, it’s the perfect time of year to think about making resolutions in your classroom. Here is my list of the top ten habits to develop so that your classroom runs smoothly, there are fewer problem behaviors, the children learn more, and you find more joy in teaching:

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  • How to Talk about Tragedy in the Classroom

    How to Talk about Tragedy in the Classroom

                In the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Connecticut, you may be faced with how to talk about this incident with young children in your own classroom. This is such a difficult issue because we all have such strong feelings ourselves, and a classroom shooting in particular is so frightening for teachers. Read More

  • Hurricanes, Halloween, and other Hurdles

    Hurricanes, Halloween, and other Hurdles

    As hurricane Sandy approaches the east coast of the U.S., many teachers are getting a much-deserved break for a couple of days, but many people may also be experiencing the trauma of the storm. In the midst of this challenge, Halloween also occurs, and even for those schools that don’t celebrate the holiday, its effect on children and families is still significant. Read More

  • Academic Survival Skills for Young Children

    Academic Survival Skills for Young Children

    In this past week the student teachers in my class have been sharing examples of the challenging behaviors they experience in their classes. There’s one thread that runs through all of their stories –the lack of social skills. This lack of skills leads children to use inappropriate behaviors to get their needs met. Read More