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ERIC Number: EJ819343
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Social-Emotional Learning in the Primary Curriculum
Mindess, Mary; Chen, Min-hua; Brenner, Ronda
Young Children, v63 n6 p56-60 Nov 2008
The authors advocate that every primary grade program needs a carefully planned social-emotional component. All children--those who enter first or second grade with an ability to control their emotions and make friends and those for whom these skills are more difficult--benefit from intentional teaching in this area. Some school systems adopt a schoolwide approach to social-emotional learning, while others use a particular approach across a grade level. Three programs that may be implemented at grade level and also lend themselves to schoolwide use are: (1) Responsive Classroom; (2) Second Step: A Violence Prevention Curriculum; and (3) Interplay Solutions. In addition to using one or more of these programs, some school systems and some teachers develop their own activities for building a social-emotional curriculum. In this article, the authors describe these programs and a teacher-created activity and indicate how three Massachusetts school systems have implemented or been impacted by them. The authors conclude that programs like these help teachers move away from a fragmented and reactive approach to children's social-emotional well-being to a proactive approach and a shared responsibility for children's social-emotional health.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 2; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts