Social Emotional

Teachers rightfully feel a sense of accomplishment when their students demonstrate learning of content area concepts and and/or achieve success showing development of a physical or cognitive skill that he had been trying to achieve over an extended period of time.  This is certainly commendable and should be both recognized and celebrated.  However teachers, especially those of young children, must keep in mind first and foremost how critical it is to meet a child’s social and emotional needs by providing an environment that is consistently predictable, respectful and sensitive of feelings.  It should be emotionally safe and supportive, one that nurtures positive social relationships, and one that employs positive guidance strategies to address challenging behaviors. This classroom cultivates a sense of belonging to a community of learners whose efforts are validated and accomplishments celebrated.  While learning content area and skills is important, they are predicated upon the child’s ability to manage his own behavior.  They more effectively learned and sustained when social and emotional skills are nurtured first.

One of the greatest resources teachers have is each other. Collaboration and sharing has proven to contribute to our success, development and growth.  Such growth can be stunted by isolation and holding onto inhibitors.  Growth depends on having the professional courage to believe and invest in yourself enough to breakthrough a comfort zone while learning newer and better ways of benefiting children as they learn and grow.  Until this happens, the students we care for and teach can only grow as far as we have grown ourselves.  We owe it to ourselves and our students to never stop growing.

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