By: Jay Burcham How do we combat a pop-culture that is predicated on an immediacy of gratification and an assignment of self-worth that is based more on style than substance? How do we make sure our kids are developing in a way that gives them an opportunity to relate to more than a screen? How do we make sure our kids are growing and developing socially with the ability to gain both a sense of self-worth and community accountability and responsibility?
Leaps puts the "L" in SEL
I was walking through the supermarket this past weekend when the old familiar Christmas songs began blaring through the speakers. Really? I could not believe they were already starting and then I looked at the calendar and realized it is December. This is the holiday month. This is the time of gifts and family and time off and laughter and food and happiness. This is the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”.
SEL = Behaviors | Connecting the Dots. For some reason when people talk about behaviors and behavior programming at school, there is an automatic default to exceptional and alternative education. It is as if the word behavior is a pejorative that means “anywhere but the classroom”.
One of the real issues facing schools today is the readiness of kids to begin. Are little ones ready for Kindergarten? If not, is Pre-K the answer? What should the focus of Pre-K be? Is it academic readiness or is it social preparation? Can you mix the two? How do you know which is the more pressing need?
Watch as Tammy Geiger, a long time Leaps user and hard-working educator, describes the phenomenal transformation of one of her most challenging, bullying students. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvud2U0F6YQ Contact us at 877-775-3277 or www.SELforSchools.com
Jason is a sophomore and has been known to get into trouble. He has been in In-School Suspension more than once. He has a smart mouth, and his latest adventure involved a fire extinguisher and a school bus. This little episode got him 3 days at the alternative school. No one really expects any changes in Jason any time soon.
It is so hard to believe that Thanksgiving is upon us. Even though the weather turned cold and the days have definitely gotten shorter, it just hasn’t quite felt like the holiday season yet. But I am not worried. Between long-basting a ham and the smell of stuffing and turkey and pies and the sound of football and family – the holidays are almost here.
As I smiled and said, “Great!” to my little girl, the voice inside my head responded with a resounding, “Ugh!!”
Randy walks the hall with a chip on his shoulder.