Many schools are finishing up the school year earlier in May than usual. It is time to close out another school year and get ready for the end of the year activities. Wasn’t it August just a few days ago?
I think it is important to take a deep breath and reflect! Think about all of the special things that went on this year both professionally and personally!
We get so busy that we don’t take time to enjoy all of the positive things that we accomplished! We all have some of these times! Many more than we realize! That is why it is so important to take some time after school is out and reflect on all of the special events in your life!
Next, I think it is important to come up with one or two things that you might want to do a little bit differently this next school year! I always told my basketball team, “If you are not trying to get better, you are getting worse!” I just don’t believe we can stand still!
The “buzz word” in Kansas education is “Social and Emotional Learning!” This summer we are offering a “common sense” workshop on this. I want to give you the definition of “Social and Emotional Learning” and see how we are going to break it down to what most of you are already doing but just need to emphasize a little more:
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to:
- Understand and manage emotions
- Set and achieve positive goals
- Feel and show empathy for others
- Establish and maintain positive relationships
- Make responsible decisions.
If you are not available to take part in this workshop, please contact me and I will send you some information you can use in your classroom!
Have a great summer!