I contributed some neurodiverisity, social model of disability, and pigeons of ed-techperspective to the #3rdchat on social emotional learning. Thanks to the teachers present who very graciously welcomed input from parents.
Q1: What does Social Emotional Learning mean to you? What does it look like in classrooms?
A1: Pardon the intrusion of this parent as I momentarily decloak to offer some neurodiversity, disability, and pigeons of ed-tech perspective and then return to lurking. #3rdchat
Q2: How do you incorporate SEL with academic learning? How do you find time in your instruction?
A2: The studies Google and others have done on psychological safety are relevant. They talk about social-emotional intelligence of teams and do it without the usual tinge of manipulative behaviorism.
Q3: Many schools have not yet focused on Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Why does social emotional learning deserve a place in our schools?
A3: It doesn’t in its mainstream ed-tech form. In that form, it is incompatible with neurodiversity and the social model of disability.
Instead, frame SE and soft skills in terms of psychological safety.
Q4: What resources do you use/recommend for educators wanting to use Social Emotional Learning in the classroom?
A4: The SEL of mainstream ed-tech doesn’t understand empathy, far from it. It doesn’t prepare kids to navigate the double empathy problem.
Consult the neurodiversity and social model of disability communities. #3rdchat