Positive School Culture, School Connectedness, Social-Emotional Learning

Creating Compassionate Learning Communities and Growth Mindset

Literacy Series Session #1 Presentation Today we met for an hour for the first session of a monthly Literacy Series focused on Creating Compassionate Learning Communities and Growth Mindset.  Thanks to the teachers who attended at this busy time of year.  A highlight for me was teacher’s sharing what they have already implemented in their classes this year.  Sharing is…

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Positive School Culture, School Connectedness, Social-Emotional Learning

Culture Lessons – Literacy & SEL

The Rabbits by Shaun Tan & John Marsden  (Theme: Residential Schools and/or Environment)  A rich and haunting allegory of colonization for all ages and cultures, told from the viewpoint of native animals. This stunning picture book examines the consequences of the arrival of a group of rabbits with entirely unfamiliar ways. They bring new food and animals, and they make…

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School Connectedness

Love it or Loathe it!! Writing Fun with SEL embedded everywhere!!

If you want an engaging writing lesson that works well at the beginning of the year… try “Love it or Loathe it!!” from “Marvelous Mini Lessons for Teaching Intermediate Writing.  If you want to add a little ‘meat’ to the lesson … use the “Smart Learning” frame work to help students scaffold through the gradual release of responsibility process.  Results…

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