Brainy Smurf visits Brainy PHRD Teachers:
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
The social-emotional learning of our students is critical. In fact, this is critical for all of us. We want to belong to a compassionate learning community in which we feel safe, valued, and have a sense of belonging. There are classrooms across the division that have looked at the social-emotional learning of our students very purposefully. Jennifer Katz has provided the impetus for many of us to think and work in this area.
In our AISI research we have found that although inclusive practice is not linear in nature, without a strong foundation in the area of social emotional learning then it is challenging to provide an inclusive setting whereby every student is valued and accepted in their community. Block 1, as Jennifer calls it, provides the necessary environmental factors to create a universally designed learning framework for differentiation of instruction to be successfully implemented.
This blog and resources website has been developed through the work of various AISI coaches in PHRD. The lead collaborative teachers for the 2015/2016 school year, Cheryl Frose, Christine Quong and Tammy Tkachuk will continue to update this site. If you have resources you would like to share or would like to contribute to the blog, please contact us.
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