Category Archives: SEL

Noticing What Matters

In most schools the parent-teachers conversation doesn’t go deep enough. Here’s an example of a conversation that goes deeper: Please follow and like us:

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Relationship problem? Tried Everything? What to Do?

If you don’t like the weather in New England, just wait a minute. –Mark Twain When your relationship is less than wonderful, and you have run through your usual repertoire, here’s the plan: 1. Don’t react; Act. 2) Listen actively. … Continue reading

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What are the Key Ingredients for a Child’s Success?

Five-year-old Sokha, a Cambodian orphan adopted by a white couple, came into our kindergarten. He immediately showed himself to be a happy, gregarious, curious boy. But Sokha engaged with others in ways they were not used to.  Please follow and like … Continue reading

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Another Problem with Most SEL

Another problem with SEL(“Social-Emotional-Learning”) programs is that they treat children as if they are social-emotional novices. This is classic adult forgetfulness. Recent research (Alison Gopnik, and others) confirms that children are scientists, and better at it than most adults. By the … Continue reading

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Why Many SEL Programs Fail

“Although ‘Social-Emotional-Learning may be intended to empower students, many elementary students in these programs learn to equate leadership with obedience. Research by Madora Soutter  (Unintended Lessons of SEL Programs January 21, 2019) reveals that many SEL programs do not achieve their espoused goals … Continue reading

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