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Critical Thinking, Social-Emotional Learning, and Shifting Our Mindset

May 05, 2017

Instructional strategies like social-emotional learning and critical thinking are generating a buzz in the education community. But what do these practices actually look like for students in the classroom? How do you tie them to curriculum and learning standards in order to truly engage learners and boost student achievement?

Teachers Weave Social-Emotional Learning Into Academics

In Susanna Young's 2nd grade classroom, the first step in a student's writing process isn't a rough draft; it's a conversation with a peer.

EducationWeek's piece today profiles one second grade teacher's experience implementing social-emotional learning practices in her classroom as part of a unique professional development opportunity through Oakland Unified School District, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, and Mills College in Oakland, CA. The article also examines what this strategy looks like on a school level: how the school culture shifts, instruction and curriculum use changes, and how lessons on anything from math to the writing process feel very different. This new approach has a noticeable impact on students and teacher mindset as well.

Getting Critical About Critical Thinking

It may not be easy to define critical thinking, but we do have suggestions for how you can teach it.

Edutopia digs into why critical thinking is such a big deal to educators, and how it's defined by the assessments that measure it. So how do you teach your students to become critical thinkers in the classroom? They've got some targeted strategies that cover everything from Bloom's taxonomy to scavenger hunts.

Let's Prepare Students for the World - Not Tests

The best way to raise scores over the long haul is through rich, authentic learning experiences that feel relevant to students.

We know that many teachers are still in state test mode, and want to help finish off your week with a breath of fresh air and refreshing perspective on student achievement. Guest authors Jay McTighe and Matthew Gross crafted this compelling piece for EdSurge, filled with data points and neurologist quotes that urge teachers and administrators to shift from the "drill and kill" test prep approach to more engaging, personalized learning. 

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