What skills will remain valid for the next generation?
What skills will remain valid for the next generation?At the rate of knowledge expansion and technological advances, if we went to sleep for 5 years and suddenly woke up, our day would be a challenge. Technologies, sciences, trends are mutating so rapidly that what we know how to do will be obsolete progressively at a more accelerated rate. However, the mind- body set up, our character and our social- emotional skills will continue to serve us well. Skills that will sustain students have more to do with character than facts. That’s why Social Emotional Learning must become a part of curriculum.
Social Emotional Learning is the foundation for all other learning. Teaching students to regulate emotions and work together makes it possible to learn well. From the beginning, the American educational system was seen as the great equalizer so that diverse immigrant populations could learn a common language, break down culture barriers and create literate American citizens. Now the best practices in education have evolved to include the neuro-science of learning and the benefits that result from creating a positive social climate. Educational Leaders have recommended that we move from a presentation of facts and subsequent skill practice to the recognition that subjects must be meaningful, relevant to the community, and that personal engagement is required to learn.
We can no longer afford to be a competitive society where some win at the expense of others. In order to have respect for diversity, and combine their talents, students must understand themselves, empathize with others, and collaborate. S.E.L is the science of creating a transformational environment for our students.
What the world community needs most is: creative solutions to complex problems, ethical personal and social behavior and sustainable systems to save our planet.
C. Lee Guerette
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How “mindfulness” improves orientation
The pause practice, the stop exercise or a moment of REST at the beginning of a task provides a way to settle the nervous system, sets up orientation to time, place and offers mental clarity before the anticipated activity. When a student has a chance to clean the mental white board, it is an opportunity to dissolve residual tensions or attachments from the prior activity and simultaneously grounds the student in the here and now. During the STOP the body is used as an anchor for awareness and then students expands that awareness to include the play of air on the face, their weight in the chair, listening out into the room, including the group or any other sounds. This gives students a much needed and often welcomed respite. With the stop Exercise – there is a cessation of all social and cognitive demands – it is just REST. Mindfulness: encourages student to be awake to their current task and situation with a one or two minute pause at the beginning of a class. A sharply delineated end to that and a beginning to this gathers the fullness of potential energy and points it to now.