According to this article “Science is starting to show that there is a very strong integration between social and emotional skills and learning,” said Vicki Zakrzewski, education director of the Greater Good Science Center at U.C. Berkeley, which studies the psychology, sociology and neuroscience of well-being during a recent Forum radio show. “Some scientists believe that cognitive achievement is 50 percent of the equation and social and emotional skills are the other 50 percent.”
This links back to using a program like the Classroom Habitudes (by Angela Maiers) program that I'm using in my classroom. Emotional intelligence is IMPORTANT. Talking about persistence, imagination, creativity, self awareness - these are all important parts of being able to learn. As Angela says, " we start with our to be list before we ever give students a 'to do' list."
Angela's new habitudes wiki. REsources and lessons.
We've been doing an incredible professional development with Angela Maiers. You start with what you want to "be" before you talk about what you want to "do." This model is powerful and transformative, but honestly it took me the first 3-4 hours of the 10 hour training before the light bulb went on and I went 'oh" - Oh, my goodness, I"ve been doing some of this, but we need a common language. We start with what we want to be "scientists" "a learer" "risk takers" "bold" "Models and mentors" - -she challenged us to "be the learner, leader, citizen you wish your children to be."
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