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Explore What the New SEL Adventures Website Has to Offer

SEL Adventures is excited to launch a new website, focusing on how changing a student’s behavior can impact their lives. Social-emotional learning is implemented through the SEL Adventures platform, all backed by the core CASEL competencies.

Our website includes a lot of statistics to ensure that schools see the value in introducing SEL skills in the classroom. For example, SEL skills can lead to a 13% higher academic performance. High school graduation rates can increase by as high as 6%, too.

What is EdTech?

SEL Adventures is the perfect example of EdTech, otherwise known as Educational Technology. It allows teachers to focus on social-emotional challenges inside of the classroom.

There are a few unique aspects of the SEL Adventures Model:

  • Classroom instruction
  • Gamified learning experience
  • Performance SEL tracker

Further, the SEL Adventures model has been recognized by the “Safer Schools in America Impact Grant” initiative.

The Programs

We have added a number of programs to our new website, ensuring that there is more for students and teachers alike.

  • School Climate Program (in English and Spanish)
  • Addiction Prevention Program (in English and Spanish)
  • Educators SEL Program

Implementation is of the utmost importance. Teachers will have tools that will help them to analyze and modify behavior in the classroom. The program is designed to be used weekly or biweekly for 50-minute sessions.

Middle school students can benefit from the classroom program by learning about empathy, decision making, anger management, and positive relationships.

In order to test out the programs and meet the SEL Adventures characters, a demo can be requested. All of the SEL Adventures characters are based on mythology and are easily relatable to middle school students. Due to the fantasy aspect, students are immediately drawn into the lessons.

The platform can be accessed via laptops, PCs, and tablets. It offers flexibility and lessons can be implemented without significant preparation, ensuring that teachers don’t have to spend hours on activity planning.

Resources

Our new SEL Adventures SEL platform website offers a significant amount of resources. If you have been looking for SEL training materials to introduce into a school district, a school, or a classroom, we have all of the information you need in order to present SEL Adventures to the decision makers. This includes a Slideshow for the Principal and the Teacher, white papers, and, of course, our blog.

We can’t wait to unveil the new website, providing you with more resources and more information about the various programs. Middle school students can get the training that they need while having fun with the material. Stay tuned for more about the website launch date.

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Pop Quiz: Are your students behaving?

Kids don’t really behave as often as you would like them to. Unfortunately, as a teacher, you might spend more time focusing on disciplinary behavior than on the lesson plans that you worked so hard to create. If your students aren’t behaving, you have to look at ways to correct it so that you can begin teaching them about the various subjects.

This pop quiz will make it easier for you to take a look at student behavior to identify if there is a problem.

  1. What is the most common voice level in the classroom?
  2. Are students tearing up their belongings or class property?
  3. Are students being pushed down/around in recess?
  4. Are students talking during presentations?
  5. Are curse words being used in the classroom?
  6. Do students respect one another?
  7. Do students feel comfortable asking questions?

How you answer each question should tell you a lot about student behavior. For example, the first question involves the common voice level. Imagine the volume on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the loudest possible volume and 1 being quiet. Your classroom should be at a 1 or 2 during most times, with 3 being a possibility if there is group work taking place. If you answered that the voice level is a 5 most times, it likely means that things are out of control.

There are also questions that have to do with respect for personal property and of others. It is a form of bullying no matter how you look at it. If students are tearing up their own belongings, they don’t care about what they have. They haven’t learned the value of having items of their own. Further, if they are tearing up classroom materials, they don’t have respect for you or the school.

What Are You Going To Do About It?

At some point, you have to look at correcting the behavior in the classroom. It’s not acceptable for everyone to be talking over one another. It’s also not acceptable for students to feel uncomfortable raising their hands with a question if they feel they are going to get teased about it.

This means you have to look at teaching what appropriate behavior looks like – and correcting bad behavior. Years ago, students learned about proper behavior from home. Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, this isn’t always happening.

Social-emotional learning can be introduced into the classroom to help you get behaviors in check. Eldventir Adventures offers an online platform to provide you with a variety of tools that focus on SEL for middle school-aged children. When you show them how to control their emotions and be more respectful, you can overcome rampant behaviors in the classroom.

3 Tips for Getting Students to Work Together

Getting students to work together can have some amazing benefits. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, so teamwork allows everyone to put their best foot forward. Additionally, group projects can make it easier to focus on social-emotional components. When people learn to value each other, you’re less likely to see bullying and other negative behavior.

At Eldventir Adventures, for example, you can introduce a platform that helps to develop life skills, including working together. After all, anyone who decides to go into the workforce will need to learn to work with people and overcome differences.

There are a few tips that can help you to get your students to work together more effectively.

#1: Assign Roles

Rather than letting everyone pick their own group, assign roles. This will ensure that you don’t encounter cliques or inadvertently end up with someone who isn’t picked by any of the groups. Plus, this gives you the chance to balance out the different personalities so that you don’t have too many outgoing students in one group or too many of the class bullies in another. It’s also a good idea for one person to identify themselves as the group leader so that someone is in charge of keeping the focus of the group.

#2: Introduce Different Types of Activities

One group activity may work better than another for your students. Don’t focus on only one type of activity for the entire year. Instead, try out a few different ones. It will make it easier for you to find out which ones work more effectively. Plus, some students may stand out with certain ones. Consider such group activities as scavenger hunts, book reports, presentations, and building projects.

#3: Grade Accordingly

You don’t want to get into a situation where someone does all of the work and everyone gets an A. Instead, be sure that you grade accordingly so that everyone will want to take an active role in the activity. Ask everyone individually what they contributed towards the project. If you have more than one student taking credit for one specific area, you can identify that there is a problem. Further, students will know that they are going to have to list their contributions and will, therefore, be more likely to contribute in order to get the grade.

Explore Eldventir Adventures Platform as a solution for developing life skills. You’ll find that there are a number of resources that can help you build empathy, positive relationships, and more with your students. They’ll be able to use drawing tools, storyboards, and other resources to become better at group projects and have a better balance in regards to their social-emotional health.

The Evolution of Teachers in the Classroom

Family dynamics have changed. According to one study,  families only have 37 minutes of quality time together during the week. This is hardly enough time for a student to get the help that they need with their homework, let alone get the parenting that they need in order to be well-balanced. This can lead to behavioral problems in the classroom, too.

A teacher’s job has always been difficult. After all, they are responsible for molding young minds. Those young minds become the future. However, teachers have had to evolve over the years. What happened in the classroom 5 years ago is considerably different than what it’s like now.

Whether you’re a teacher or an administrator, it’s important to explore the struggles that teachers have in today’s classroom.

Media is Everywhere

One of the easiest things to see is how media has had an impact in the classroom. Chalkboards have been replaced with dry erase boards that serve as screens for interactive projectors. The internet is wired into every classroom, allowing teachers to share more about the world with students.

With every positive is a negative. With media being so much more prevalent, it’s not uncommon for middle schoolers to have phones. Teachers have to be babysitters to ensure that students aren’t texting and surfing the internet instead of listening to a classroom lesson. Eldventir Adventures offers a digital solution to social-emotional learning, allowing kids to use the internet while learning at the same time.

Behaviors are Different

20 years ago, the average student would ride the bus home and be greeted by a parent. That parent would be around in order to help with homework. The family dynamic was such that there was a family dinner and parents would talk to their kids.

If parents are not dealing with social problems in the home, it is left to the teachers to do it at school. Circling back to the media, the screen time is considerably more than it used to be. Many parents admit to using tablets and smartphones as digital babysitters to keep their kids occupied. Having kids in front of the blue light for too long can lead to less sleep time, causing tired (and cranky) kids in the classroom.

Data is More Visible

Finally, teachers have more data than they once did. This makes it easier to take a custom learning approach to students. Rather than teaching everyone in the class the same way, hoping that they will all absorb the information equally, it makes it easier to find out about student achievement. Lesson plans can be tailored. Further, it allows the administration to balance the classrooms more effectively.

In the end, it’s important to see how teachers have had to evolve. It isn’t easy, which is another reason why it’s necessary to use different tools. New challenges require the use of new tactics, including introducing social-emotional learning into the classroom. Find out how Eldventir Adventures can help as an SEL platform with skills-based lessons in the classroom.