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Pilot School Wins State Wellness Award

 

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Lincoln Elementary in Loveland, Colorado, is a pilot school for my In Focus books. I’m proud to announce that the state of Colorado granted them, “The Healthy Schools Champion” award. Developing their students’ Social and Emotional Intelligence is an important part of Lincoln School’s overall wellness program. Mental health is very connected to physical health.

Even though the newspaper article says that teachers do the lessons 3x a week, the teachers, in fact, do In Focus lessons an average of 5x week.

Quotes from the Lincoln School staff that are in the newspaper article about the award:

“How many times a day do you tell kids to pay attention? How many times a day do you teach them how?”

Judith Norman, School Counselor

“For us, the focus is on the whole child.”

Michelle Malvey, School Principal

“At the beginning of the year, students would need a time out, now they are able to calm themselves and deal with their emotions.”

Brandi Pawlowski, 2nd Grade Teacher

To read the short newspaper article about the award, click here

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Three Key Social Emotional Intelligence Skills

Schools Arenʼt Teaching the Skills that Employers Want: “Educators, long disturbed by school children’s lagging scores in math and reading, are realizing there is a different and more alarming deficency: emotional literacy.” – Daniel Goleman

67% of the skills that employers are looking for in their employees are in the area of Social and Emotional Intelligence (Working with Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman), and yet schools spend less than 2% of the school week teaching and developing this vital intelligence. In many schools, they spend no time at all. Why are these statistics such a concern? Research is showing that Social and Emotional Intelligence is critical for success in all areas of life, including academics, relationships, jobs, and health.

Students who develop their Social and Emotional Intelligence are able to manage emotions, control impulses, calm themselves, focus their attention, persevere, work with others, and negotiate differences in a win/win manner.

I am both a licensed teacher and social worker. I taught elementary school for 21 years, and I experienced and saw firsthand the value of students developing these skills.

My students with these Social and Emotional Learning skills were able to sit still and focus their attention. When students can focus their attention, they can learn and achieve at their highest level.

A lot of class time can be taken up by students who misbehave or space out because they can’t manage their emotions and control their impulses. Teachers and administrators might not admit this fact to the public, but it is true.

When I was young boy, I was really anxious a lot of the time in school. I would smell and sniff the back of my hand to try to comfort myself. I would also twist my socks, my hair, and the collars of my shirt in order to move the energy of the anxiety and try to calm myself. It was embarrassing. I didn’t have any elastic left in my socks, and my mom would give me a nickel if the back of my hand wasn’t red at the end of the school day. The nickel incentive didn’t work because the root cause of the anxiety wasn’t being addressed. I had to work so hard to focus and learn with the distraction of the anxiety. Every teacher thought I was model student, well behaved, and hard working. Many students feel a lot of big emotions and don’t know how to deal with them in a healthy and productive way.

Along with enhancing academic performance and achievement, developing students’ Social and Emotional Intelligence also develops students’ mental health. Students who learn to identify, manage, and express their emotions constructively are more likely to avoid anxiety issues, depression, and other mental health issues (Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman).

What is Cost of Teaching Social and Emotional Learning?

I believe my family is a traditional American family with similar values to the majority of Americans: hard work, family, care of others, generosity, kindness, and fairness. Yet my extended family and I, including cousins, uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews, have encountered suicide, alcoholism, depression, eating disorders, physical and emotional abuse, bipolar disorder, PTSD, anxiety issues, and obsessive compulsive disorder. I know that my family has paid a huge economic, psychological, and emotional cost because of these mental health challenges. I believe that most, if not all, families, regardless of race, culture, or economics, face a variety of similar mental health challenges.

The cost of preventing mental health issues by teaching Social and Emotional Learning to children and teenagers is very low, especially compared to the cost of treating adult mental health issues later in life.

• 20%, close to 61.5 million Americans, will experience a mental illness in a given year. (National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health).

• Anxiety disorders cost the Unites States more than $42 billion a year. (“The Economic Burden of Anxiety Disorders,” a study commissioned by ADAA (The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 60(7)).

• Our cumulative mental-health issues are costing the U.S. economy about a half-trillion dollars. (New York Times, 02/07/2013) Why Isn’t Social and Emotional Learning Being Taught In Schools? If Social and Emotional Intelligence is so important to develop in children and teenagers, why aren’t schools teaching it? There are a variety of reasons.

1. The Fear of Recognizing and Feeling Emotion

2. Knowledge of what Social and Emotional Learning is and its importance

2. Knowledge about brain science

3. A good resource to teach Social and Emotional Learning

4. Teacher training

5. Time

6. Funding

5. Principal support

I understand the fear that educators, principals, and school administrators have to recognize and feel emotions in schools. Twenty five years ago, before I intentionally began to focus and work on developing my Social and Emotional Intelligence, I didn’t know what I was feeling, and I definitely didn’t know how to harness my emotions and use them to enhance my life and relationships.

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Rosalind Wiseman recommends my In Focus books

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In Focus Books

 

I am very honored to announce that my In Focus books received the recommendation of Rosalind Wiseman. Rosalind is the author of the New York Times Best Selling book, Queen Bees and Wannabes, basis of the hit movie, Mean Girls, and one of the leading experts on Social and Emotional Learning and bullying. Here is Rosalind’s recommendation:

In Focus is a great brain based resource with quick, daily lessons that develop students’ and teacher’s Social and Emotional Intelligence in just minutes a day. The lessons are doable and fun–no matter if you’re a Language Arts, Math, or Social Studies teacher. I have seen a lot of Social and Emotional Learning resources, and In Focus is one of the best that I have seen. I highly recommend this valuable resource!

For more information, go to thoughtfullearning.com or go to “Books”  at this website.

 

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Welcome to Teaching Heart Institute

I’m very excited to announce the launch of my new website and Teaching Heart Institute.

Blog2My goal for Teaching Heart Institute is to be a world leader in supporting teachers and parents in developing children’s and teenagers’ Social and Emotional Intelligence. The website has a lot of information about Social and Emotional Intelligence, upcoming presentations and workshops, and all the services that Teaching Heart Institute offers for teachers and parents.

Take a look!

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