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Part II: How to Rekindle the Positive Relationship between Teachers and Students

Teacher-student relationships are the backbone of the classroom. An effective teacher understands the learning curve of every student in the class, provides a thriving environment for learning, inspires them to set high goals, and motivates them to achieve them. Positive teacher-student relationships ensure that teachers and students communicate effectively, understand each other, and maximize learning. These relationships also foster a sense of belonging and improve the performance of students in both academic and extra-curricular spheres.

There are many benefits of a positive relationship between teachers and students, and here is how they can be rekindled in a classroom.

Firm Structure

Teachers occupy a position of authority. Naturally, students look up to them to provide structure to the class. Teachers must communicate the class etiquette and their expectations from the students effectively and enforce them. A structure in the classroom improves class productivity and reduces the time wasted on non-essential ones. This helps the teachers to lead from the front and take control of the class dynamics. Teachers who fail to provide a structure may lose their students’ respect, which makes it challenging to build a positive relationship.

Make Learning Fun

A teacher who can make learning fun tends to become a favorite among students. Creative pedagogy attracts the attention of students and makes learning accessible. Programs like SEL Adventures helps students to learn via interactive video lessons. They also include outdoor activities and taking ownership of the situation. All in all, teachers who can make learning fun are more effective.

Treating Students with Respect

A positive relationship cannot be complete without respect. Teachers must understand and discipline their students. At the same time, they must show respect to them in the classroom. Teachers should not resort to sarcasm, embarrassment, or insults to manage the students. They should not display favoritism or be biased towards certain students. Respect cannot be commanded; it is always earned.

Creating a Safe Environment

A safe environment for the student is essential for them to blossom. The responsibility to provide such an environment in class falls upon the teacher. They should pay attention to the students who are facing difficulty in learning, provide different resources to help diverse learners, and create an environment where doubts and questions are welcome. Teachers should encourage students to form distinct groups for various class activities so that everyone can feel included and provide special support to students who need it.

Displaying Genuine Interest

Teachers should make themselves accessible to students. If they observe dropping grades, bad behavior, or other conspicuous patterns in a student, then they should either reach out directly to the student or to the parents. They should take a genuine interest in trying to resolve the student’s problems. Those problems can be academic, emotional, or something else. This will help teachers create a strong positive bond with the student.

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How Can Teachers Help Students Effectively Channel Their Emotions?

Part II: The article follows up the discussion on the anger among American students and tries to understand the role of teachers to help students channel their emotions and in the process, control them better.

School classrooms are as much an environment for academic learning as it is for emotional learning. Till now, schools have focused heavily on the “academic” side of things. However, as research has revealed that academic and emotional learning are intertwined and critical for the development of a child. Students who are socially developed and emotionally intelligent have been observed to achieve higher academic success, register lower levels of stress, avoid negative behaviors like violence, anger, bullying, and more. Teachers are the key for the students to understand and appreciate the importance of social and emotional learning. They can help students to channel their emotions effectively. Here’s how.

Accessible Channel of Communication

Teachers are authority figures in the life of a student. However, the authority should not become synonymous with fear. Teachers should keep a line of communication open for the students so that they can discuss their problems openly. This also helps teachers to stay in touch with the ground reality of their classroom and take measures to address the issues their students are facing. This can mean changing the seating arrangements, changing group compositions, talking to parents or counselors, changing teaching pedagogy, and so on. When students know they are being heard, their levels of anxiety and angst go down.

Using the Contagious Nature of Compassion

Teachers should demonstrate compassion in the classroom to encourage their students to practice it. Compassion is a powerful tool. Social and emotional learning breeds compassion. It helps students to recognize their emotions, and also of those around them. As students build the power to be compassionate, they can understand others better and also able to express themselves more effectively. This builds emotional maturity and helps children evolve.

Encouraging Social & Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning usually takes a backseat in an academically charged environment. However, experienced teachers understand that social-emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of a child’s emotional and academic development. So, teachers should keep the SEL sessions at par with the academic lectures. They can use structured and expert programs like SEL Adventures as a mode of instruction. These include classroom sessions, outdoor activities, and feedback report. When the teacher places importance on the study and practice of SEL, students will be primed to study SEL too. It will, in turn, help them to channel their emotions in a healthy manner.

The Responsibility Lies with Everyone

Of course, there are a lot of external factors at play here. It is not fair to expect teachers to manage all the aspects of a student’s life alone. It is a joint responsibility of the teachers, parents, and the school administration. They have to create a healthy school environment by using useful tools like SEL Adventures for the benefit of the students.

Learn more about how SEL Adventures can help teachers to engage students and contribute to their social and emotional learning at https://sel-adventures.com/en/programs/

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Are American Students Getting Angrier?

A recent survey by Gallup in 2018found that more than half the Americans were stressed for the most part of the day. Of course, stress has a direct bearing on their behavior, and it does. The study also found that more than 1 in 5 Americans felt frequently angry. Such behavior can be seen both among adults as well as students across the country. This anger often manifests itself in the seemingly neverending school shootings, which have unfortunately become a common occurrence. They have grown from 59 in 2006 to 94 in 2018. But, what is the reason for so much anger among students? Let’s find out.

Lack of Emotional Control

Studies conducted at prestigious institutions like the Stanford University have shown that different people respond to negative emotional stimulus differently. And they have concluded that people can control their response to them. So, a student has control over whether they want to feel angry or not. And the anger only intensifies when they find that other people around them also feel the same. So, when they are surrounded by an environment of anger either at home, school or peer group, they are bound to feel angrier.

Loss of Connection

Emotional research over the years has consistently shown that negative emotions have a dampening effect on the social development of a child. When they feel sad, hate, envy, and other such emotions, students become less adaptable and lose touch with the people around them. They feel isolated, which in turn makes them feel angry towards everyone. Love, gratitude, joy, and other positive emotions help students to connect with other people and appreciate the similarities they share, rather than obsess on the differences.

Information from All Sides

Students are bombarded with information from all directions, especially in the internet era. It was easier to shield kids from violence in the pre-internet era, but parents and teachers today only have so much control. Students have access to all kinds of information and they are connected to all kinds of people over social media, which feeds into their anger and amplifies it.

Filling in the Knowledge Gap

It is ironic that in an era that is characterized by information overload, a widening knowledge gap also exists. And the responsibility falls upon the shoulders of the parents, teachers, and the schools to bridge it. While American students are getting angrier, research in the field of emotional intelligence is also going strong. Social and emotional learning is becoming a potent tool in helping the students to take control of their emotions, consciously choose their influencers, and improve their quality of life. SEL Adventures has helped schools and students to achieve this goal in an interesting and comprehensive manner. Schools should help students control their anger and help them grow into healthy individuals who can take complete control of their lives.

Learn more about how SEL Adventures can help students control their anger https://sel-adventures.com/en/programs/

Prepping Students for the Real World: Tips to Make It Happen

Today’s classroom has changed dramatically. It’s no longer focused solely on reading, writing, and arithmetic. Instead, it’s about preparing students for the real world. Parents aren’t as hands-on as they once were, which means that teachers have to step up so that students are ready to handle everything that will be thrown at them in high school and beyond.

There are some tips that can help you prepare your students for the real world. The SEL Adventures platform provides an array of skills-based lessons, too, allowing you to promote a positive school climate.

Focus on Personal Confidence

Not all students are naturally confident. However, when you implement various lessons in the classroom that will boost their confidence, this feeling will be carried with them everywhere they go. Make sure that you don’t allow students to tease during presentations. Give every student the opportunity to shine, even if it means doing several projects so that students can find one that includes their strengths.

With more personal confidence in the classroom comes a louder voice in the real world. They’ll stand up for themselves, do better with job interviews, and have better relationships with co-workers.

Manage Anger

You have likely experienced one or more students that have anger issues. They’re mad at the world, and they take it out on everyone that they know. Anger management is a necessary skill for the real world. Otherwise, it can lead to road rage once they get their driver’s license, the possibility for imprisonment, and so much more.

SEL Adventures provides you with lessons that are focused on anger-management. Resources such as videos, comics, and role-playing can be used so that students know how to manage their anger effectively.

Teach Morale-Based Decision Making

There’s a right and a wrong decision that can be made in virtually every aspect of life. Middle school is often the time when students begin to learn ethics and morality, even if they don’t realize it yet. Through storytelling, storyboards, concept maps, and more, you have the ability to teach students how to make better decisions. This will go a long way in the real world as they can live more balanced lives that don’t put them on the wrong side of the law.

If parents are too busy to teach social-emotional skills, it falls back on the teachers. The best way for them to acquire the skills is through practice. SEL Adventures is a classroom-based, online platform that can emulate positive behaviors and provide plenty of lessons to help them along the way. As they learn empathy, anger management, responsible decision making, and more, you can gain confidence that they will know how to act properly once they get into the real world.

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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 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.