After explaining how stress affects the brain, Thomas Armstrong shows how mindfulness promotes concentration, compassion and calm in students and teachers. Teacher Nicole Warchol explains the book is just what she needs as she seeks to bring more focus into her classroom.
Category: Social & Emotional Learning
Thomas R. Hoerr’s guide for taking SEL schoolwide is particularly helpful to administrators, writes pre-service teacher Holly Reynolds. But she expects the book’s big picture view of quality SEL programs to be useful to her as she evaluates teaching opportunities this summer.
Learn the intricacies of mindfulness practice for both students and teachers in Dr. Thomas Armstrong’s Mindfulness in the Classroom. After explaining how stress affects the brain, he shows how mindfulness promotes concentration and calm in class, writes Kathleen Palmieri.
Not only is Mindfulness in the PreK-5 Classroom packed with research-based activities and anecdotes any educator will relate to, it will leave you inspired to bring mindfulness into your own life and your students’ lives, writes a calmer and more focused Linda Biondi.
Mindfulness in the Classroom focuses on how to be consciously aware as we introduce SEL principles into an existing curriculum. Author Season Mussey explains SEL, its need and importance, and how to best share its principles with students, writes teacher Shawn Lawn.
Creating Strong Kids Through Writing is an easy-to-use book of 20 fully resourced lessons lasting 30 minutes to help adolescents grow socially and emotionally. Consultant Anne Anderson notes the lessons are not just for ELA classes and include topics in math and science.
Building People is like a panel discussion on the current state of social emotional learning with 12 authors looking at where SEL is, its future, and ways to use SEL to help kids succeed. Teacher leader Laura Von Staden finds the book a useful if one-sided resource.
Teaching Tenacity offers a series of thoughtful, research-based lessons that will provide students with the tools to make the pursuit of excellence a life-long endeavor. Jeny Randall looks forward to bringing the lessons to her morning advisory time but says advisory isn’t a must.
Filled with thought-provoking ideas on how to meet the social and emotional needs of our students, Amber Chandler’s The Flexible SEL Classroom guides us with ideas and activities to try while meeting the curricular mandates we are given, writes Laura Von Staden.
SEL is a hot topic in education circles today, and it should be, writes reviewer Rita Platt. If you are looking for lesson plans and ideas to help you boost social and emotional learning, Boost Emotional Intelligence in Students will be a great addition to your toolkit.