Integrate Social Emotional Learning into Academic Instruction
For CLASSROOM TEACHERS of all academic subjects in grades 4-12, as well as department chairs and academic administrators
Alongside community-building or advisory lessons, we can use the academic tasks our students already do—their lessons, discussions, and assignments—as opportunities for them to explore and enact their values. Building bridges in science class can be a context for learning how to collaborate. Writing a paper on the French Revolution can be a context for opening up about what matters. Revising a drawing can be a context for learning to persist in the face of struggle. Not only are students doing meaningful academic work; they’re also learning how they want to approach their education, their work, their surroundings, and each other.
In this highly experiential, make-and-take workshop, we’ll learn protocols that incorporate values work into academic units. Informed by evidence-based psychological science, the workshop will involve writing, drawing, food metaphors, relational frame theory, making stuff you can use, serious discussions about values and vulnerabilities, and empowering students to become the people they want to be.
After learning each protocol by doing it ourselves, we’ll reflect on the process and see a classroom example. Then, based on what we’ve just learned, we’ll create materials so we can use the protocols with our students. Along the way, we’ll learn some of the psychological science of how to help students discover and do what matters to them, and how we can structure units to incorporate SEL into every stage.