Students and educators carry so much in their backpacks, and in order to get to a place of academic success, equipping them with supportive tools is essential.
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Jen Perry currently serves as the Director, Whole Learning and SEL at Edmentum. Jen joined Edmentum as the Learning Designer for Social-Emotional Learning after 30+ years of work with youth in educational and community settings. As a teacher, administrator, and trainer, her passion has been to help educators develop an understanding of the importance of social and emotional learning and build trauma-informed responses and systems. This work has included supporting youth, administrators, and schools in understanding behavior and implementing transformational change through strength-based approaches.
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March 11 is International SEL Day. This year, we are asked to reflect on common ground. When I think of social-emotional learning (SEL), I position it under a lens of whole learner. I see it as an understanding that science shows us that all parts of the brain are engaged in learning—that, when we attend to all parts of a person, they thrive, including in their academics.
Teachers and students alike devote a lot of time and effort to preparing for high-stakes tests because they know a lot is riding on them. For some students, this understanding leads to painful test anxiety. Here are eight tips to help struggling students overcome their testing fears.