For three decades, Open Circle has helped teachers, counselors, and principals in elementary schools develop students’ social and emotional skills and create school communities that are safe, welcoming, and engaging for everyone. Now, teachers can explore classroom strategies from Open Circle in Playbook, Panorama’s professional learning community for teachers. The Open Circle resources now available in Playbook align with Panorama’s measures of social-emotional learning, including grit, growth mindset, social awareness, and self-management.
At Carolina Voyager Charter School, a K-4 school in Charleston, South Carolina, grit was the theme of the month in October. Even after October, students at Carolina Voyager are still excited to talk about grit. We asked students what focusing on grit means for them, for their peers, and their school. One fourth-grade student shared, “To me, grit means never give up, never be distracted from your goals, and stay focused.”
What is social-emotional learning (SEL) at your school? This year, school and district leaders are rallying teachers, staff, and students around specific facets of SEL that matter for their school communities, and principals and SEL coordinators are establishing common visions for SEL. One effective way to get a campus or district team on the same page about social-emotional learning priorities is to introduce the terminology and reasons why your community is focusing on SEL during a staff meeting or professional development session. But you don’t need to start your presentation from scratch.
In Grand Junction, Colorado, students will use SEL measures to reflect on their social-emotional development and skills. Local news channel KKCO covered plans at Mesa Valley School District 51 to measure more than academic achievement to better support students’ growth and needs. To learn more, KKCO visited the district to interview district administrators and parents about their motivations for asking students to reflect on their social-emotional learning.
Teachers and counselors regularly help students set goals as an important way to make progress as a learner and to develop skills around working toward long-term objectives. Dr. Gabriele Oettingen, professor of psychology at NYU, and Character Lab have studied how when the WOOP goal-setting method is used with fidelity, it can improve students’ effort and outcomes. In a recent webinar, Character Lab and Panorama teamed up to present how school leaders and teachers can introduce students to WOOP.