Teaching with an SEL lens focuses on instructing students in how to deal with their emotions, manage relationships, and effectively work independently and with others.
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Research has shown that when students are led in quick physical activity exercises every 25-30 or so minutes, their brain activity actually increases. These 1-3 minute exercises, or brain breaks, are easy to implement in practically any classroom setting!
Individuals with a growth mindset, who believe that intelligence is like a muscle which can be developed and strengthened over time, tend to embrace challenges, persevere, and generally achieve higher rates of overall success than those with a fixed mindset.
As more and more schools embrace the benefits of inclusive classrooms, there are some general planning strategies educators can use to effectively handle varying exceptionalities in the classroom.