Research has shown that when it comes to education, seat time equates to success. These results are causing many schools and districts to reevaluate their approaches to discipline, particularly any forms that remove the student from the classroom for an extended period of time. While there are certain behaviors that will always merit such a response, there are ways of instructing a child on appropriate school behaviors while minimizing disruption to the student’s educational programming.
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.