Building Learning Communities with Character: How to by Bernard Novick

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Trendy scholars have to research greater than simply analyzing, writing, and mathematics. they should examine lifestyles abilities to effectively deal with projects, shape relationships, remedy daily difficulties, and adapt to the calls for of easily becoming up. to meet these wishes, many educators search powerful and lasting courses for his or her scholars' educational, emotional, and social development. This publication provides a nine-step, problem-solving method of aid educators not just create this type of application, but additionally form the college weather to maintain and nurture it. Combining 3 many years of labor with person faculties and districts, authors Bernard Novick, Jeffrey S. Kress, and Maurice J. Elias offer skilled perception to overcoming stumbling blocks to social-emotional studying and personality teaching programs. Their prepared method bargains with the implementation approach level by means of degree, together with: * Assessing your school's readiness for switch * atmosphere pursuits in your software * expecting information and roadblocks * acquiring suggestions to switch your carried out application * developing excessive criteria for accomplishment in teachers and personality Any educator who's burdened by means of the avalanche of other terminologies and methodologies surrounding social-emotional studying will reap the benefits of this e-book. This sensible and concise consultant might help educators create an efficient and goal-oriented atmosphere in each university, one the place scholars, employees, and oldsters are always sustained in a being concerned group of beginners.

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The reasons for these types of programs may vary from area to area, but their common denominator is the importance of realigning relationships within your school. Social-emotional programs can become a force for positive change in schools, especially when they are brought in or broadened in ways that exemplify the programs’ principles and a problemsolving approach. In a problem-solving approach to implementing socialemotional learning and character education, you highlight, use, and expand on strengths even as you address shortcomings.

It is no less vital, however, to identify and build on strengths in your school. Ultimately, successful change borrows energy from positive areas. First, though, continue the process to identify likely sources of negative feelings in your school. From the following list, consider which of these or similar situations seem to describe your school’s problems: 31 Building Learning Communities with Character • Staff members lack a coherent sense of direction. • No feeling of community exists. • Many different ideas about change vie for priority.

Brainstorm. Be creative. Each of your possible choices will be examined before detailed planning begins. In fact, to broaden the richness of options being considered, delegate some of this exploration to teachers and other staff in your school. In addition to the help it can provide in widening the search, delegation is an interesting first step to get others involved. As you and your team explore options, you may want to organize several sharing and brainstorming opportunities to take advantage of the increasing amount and breadth of information you and others obtain.

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