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Reading for Relationship Building: Texts that Transcend Trauma

Written by Emily Rozmus on Wednesday, 04 April 2018. Posted in Posts

Divorce. Emotional abuse. Neglect. Natural disasters. Poverty. Separation. Violence. There are many causes of trauma. No one is safe from the experiences or a series of events when emotions overwhelm us and become part of the history stored in our autonomic nervous system. Most teachers will agree that they encounter students who display the behaviors caused severe trauma in their classrooms. These students may be anxious, have negative attitudes, be easily distracted, or even cause themselves harm. 

Trauma is epidemic. In order to meet outcomes, show progress, and pass tests, teacher must help the learner engage with content. But before they can do that, it is important that teachers connect with the student and encourage them to engage with not only them, but also with their peers. Relationships are often the source of trauma, but they are also the way to treat it as well (Bailey). One way that teachers can build relationships with students is through books, stories, and essays.

Reading for Relationship Building: Texts that Transcend Trauma

INFOhio Loves Reading: Using Connected Texts to Inspire Empathy

Written by Emily Rozmus on Wednesday, 31 January 2018. Posted in Posts

February is Black History Month when the African American people and events that are part of the American story are celebrated and remembered. During this month, educators have an opportunity to teach children about the African American experience. These lessons are the perfect platform to introduce, model, and cultivate empathy. One of the best ways to teach children to understand the feelings and thoughts of others is by using picture books in the classroom. 

Your Weekend Playlist for Professional Growth: Feelings

Written by Erica Clay on Friday, 26 January 2018. Posted in Posts

The weekend is almost here! It's time to kick back and relax. But we think that the weekend is also the perfect time to get your professional growth on. We're not talking about parking yourself in front of a computer or sticking your nose in a scholarly journal. Instead, we're giving you a weekend playlist for professional growth. So plop down on the couch and turn on your TV, or tune in while you're in your car, or listen on your phone while you go for a walk—and get ready to grow professionally!

Social Emotional Learning Happens in Your Library

Written by Erica Clay on Friday, 07 April 2017. Posted in Posts

As we mentioned in a previous post, social-emotional learning is trending lately. That may be related to language in the Every Student Succeeds Act that makes provisions for schools to count social and emotional growth toward their improvement strategies. To see how  this topic is making the news, try a search on your favorite social media platform for one of these:

  • #SocialEmotionalLearning
  • #SEL
  • #mindfulness

Texts that Support Social and Emotional Learning

Written by Erica Clay on Friday, 10 February 2017. Posted in Posts

With Valentine's Day approaching, it's a great time to talk to your elementary students about all kinds of healthy emotions and feelings, and treating others with kindness and respect. Use the entire week of Valentine's Day to boost your students' social and emotional learning. A recent emphasis on social and emotional learning may be related to language in the Every Student Succeeds Act that makes provisions for schools to count social and emotional growth toward their improvement strategies.