4-in-1 Approach To Increase Students’ Social Emotional & Cognitive Development

1. Provide visual prompts around topics that really matter to a group of your students. The visual prompts should respect students’ intelligence and invite a wide range of interpretations.

2. Explain that you’re interested in their thoughts and feelings about what they see .. then ask respectful, open-ended, non-leading questions .

3. Listen (really listen) to their collaboratively developed ideas, experiences and solutions.

4. Discover how much they are learning from and teaching each other about what really matters to all of them.  POWERFUL.

 

Author: Nini White

Teacher, K-12, for 20+ years. Mother of 2 sons. Writer. Consultant. Presenter at educational and after school conferences. Enthusiastic about everything that gets kids thinking and acting as if their thoughts and actions matter. (Deeply concerned about everything that stunts or inhibits kids inclination to think constructively, creatively and critically.)

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