What if we believed that every elementary school’s responsibility was to teach social and emotional learning skills as explicitly as we teach reading, writing, math and science.
What if we all believed that developing social-emotional skills in children is critical to their academic success.
What if we gave every student a voice.
What if teachers made their learning space accessible for all learners.
What if we held regular classroom meetings to have meaningful conversations about the way teachers and students work together.
What if we explicitly taught students how their brains work.
What if students used brain science to help them gauge their emotions and then provided them tools to help them regulate themselves so they could get back to work.
What if there was no shame in having a bad day.
What if every classroom had a calm body spot where students could go when they needed a break.
What if every child knew that mistakes are an important part of learning.
What if every child had a job in your classroom.
What if we lifted expectations for every child.
What if, given this focus on social emotional learning, our children were more successful.
What if, given this focus on social emotional learning, our children learned empathy is one of life’s most powerful tools. Because when we connect with others we are compassionate, concerned, citizens of the world.
What if, given this focus on voice in the classroom, our children felt empowered to learn in and out of the classroom.
~Molly and Alicia