The following directives are recommended by CASEL for all teachers, although the efforts of AddyPresFoundation focus on elementary grade levels. It is our educated assumption that less effort is required later if proper building blocks are laid early.
As a teacher, you hold the hands of your student's parents to offer the tools and guidance these children will need to live successful lives. Lives that allow them to thrive in happiness and balance or struggle with missed opportunity. Thanks to 21st century science & technology and education experts working diligently to provide resources to support your efforts, there are effective tools to assist these opportunities, but they must be utilized to be effective.
You have so much influence over little lives and the parents who love them, in such a pinnacle window of developmental time. It is a huge responsibility, deserving of great gratitude from parents and community members alike. Pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade (and beyond) is crucial in developing self regulation skills and executive functions, without these skills so much opportunity is lost. Without curriculum that builds these skills in such a fast paced world, opportunities will continue to rob children of their ability to thrive.
Empathy matters. Compassion matters. Effectively communicating with others matters. Feeling loved and connected with purpose matters. The tools exist.
The Collaborative for Academic Social Emotional Learning asks us to imagine a classroom where teachers are supportive, students are inspired, and children care about one another and are working together to solve challenging problems. That’s social and emotional learning (SEL) in action, and it’s happening in classrooms across the country.
We now know that children can learn respect, empathy, responsible behavior, and other social and emotional competencies that help them succeed in school and in LIFE. Research shows that social and emotional skills, attitudes, and behaviors can be taught and fostered throughout the day. This success is achieved through SEL learning programs.