Doug Lemov is pretty awesome - I find the strategies that he has written about to be so effective in the classroom and easy to implement. In this blogpost on the Teach Like a Champion website, he examines this question, "We’d all like to do everything we can for all of our kids, but sometimes we have to choose. If you had to choose between a) increasing your students’ skills and knowledge and b) increasing their self-esteem, which would you choose? Why?"
This article explores how educators sometimes enable students NOT to learn character traits that are essential to their development as good humans. This gave me good reminders about why being consistent and steadfast is important and why other traps can be easy to fall into.
This is an incredible resource for any teacher thinking about incorporating explicit teaching about social skills into their curriculum. Middlesex Regional School System has developed a comprehensive K-12 curriculum on social skills; including lessons, materials, tools, and connections to standards. Take pieces of them or implement all that are relevant to your grade level!
In this blogpost, a kindergarten teachers shares the strategies she uses to start introducing and building emotional intelligence in her students. The strategies can be used in other grades, and may be particularly helpful with Special Education students.
Character.org offers awesome lesson plans that build students' understanding of morality as well as content and literacy skills. This lesson plan is an example of the well developed material they offer. Great critical thinking questions for students.
One thing I have struggled with is how to keep students in a productive struggling space while ensuring that they don't get too frustrated and give up - either with academics or in social situations. This video shows a second grade teacher supporting her students to understand that the struggle is part of the process. I found the debrief questions she posed to students, as well as the way she drew on students thoughts, to be a great model for helping students develop growth mindsets.